Senate Briefs

ASPC (Associated Students of Pomona College)

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On Monday, Feb. 8, the ASPC Senate met with Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Marylou Ferry, to discuss venues through which the Pomona College Office of Communications can contact students regarding ways to better promote the college through social media. In the future, ASPC and the Office of Communications hope to host an event or to create opportunities for the social media activity promoted by Pomona College to be more student-driven. Dean Daren Mooko presented on the Title IX Advisory Committee that will be revising the policies regarding sexual assault to create a clearer process for investigation, education, and adjudication. A new Senate Aide has been appointed, Tanvi Rajgaria, who will begin assisting Senate in various tasks in upcoming weeks.

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– Sophie Janssen PO '19

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Scripps Associated Student (SAS)

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At the Feb. 7 meeting, SAS board discussed how they're working with the Scripps Office of Marketing and Communication to announce the 2016 commencement speaker by the end of February. The 5C presidents are also planning on scheduling three summits over the course of the semester to discuss disability resources, mental wellness, and climate justice.  The rumor that the chaplaincy might stop offering religious services in order to cut costs was dismissed, and the McAlister center is currently working to hire two new chaplains and expand the program. 

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The Executive Board announced updates on several events, including the first BeHeard “Palentine's Day” to discuss self-love on Feb. 23 and a power down challenge for mid-February.   

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– Paige Pepitone, based on SAS meeting notes

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Associated Students of Harvey Mudd College (ASHMC)

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At the Feb. 5 meeting of ASHMC Senate, the discussion centered around the possibility of creating a living-learning community (LLC) at Harvey Mudd for students who want a greater sense of community in their living space. Students expressed concerns about how the LLC might fit into the current room draw system, which is overseen by ASHMC. Senate then convened a second meeting two days later to discuss the LLC issue in more detail, with representatives from all the residence halls. Senate discussed the concern that the LLC might create “a bubble within a bubble” and talked about how to make the selection process for the LLC “as unbiased as possible.” The representatives from the LLC said that living in the LLC would require taking one academic class and that the LLC would host additional workshops or activities.

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– Lauren Ison, based on ASHMC meeting notes

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Pitzer Student Senate

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According to the meeting minutes for the Feb. 7 Pitzer Student Senate meeting, Pitzer's Student Voice Week received a positive response from students. In addition, “Senator McKay inquired about the process of purchasing more hammocks,” and Senator Burkhart-Lime “requests an avenue for veteran Senators passing down gained knowledge from experience on Senate.” Also, Senator Glickman called “to resolve discrepancy in Constitution and resolutions regarding prior Senate experience for Executive Board members.”

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– Lauren Ison, based on Pitzer Student Senate meeting notes

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