Thursday, February 10, 2011

Senate Town Hall raises questions

By Suzie Roth
Co-Managing and Advertising Editor

Saint Mary’s University Student Senate held a Town Hall Meeting on Jan. 27 in Salvi Lecture Hall. Although all SMU Senate meetings are open to the public, this meeting was specially tailored as a forum for members of the SMU community, especially students, to share their opinions of the university, along with suggestions to improve it.

Using an organized approach, Senate President Ali Kramer, opened the floor for comments regarding Chartwells, Residence Life, the campus bookstore, Wellness Center, athletic facilities, academics, maintenance, and IT departments, along with the international affairs and student activities offered to the campus community.

Some members of the Executive Board seemed to alternate between seriously considering student requests and offering excuses and making jokes about student concerns.

The intent of the SMU’s Student Senate is to give all students in the campus community a voice. Although January’s Town Hall meeting provided the chance to express such views, students are encouraged to regularly attend senate meetings to ensure all students are adequately represented. Student Senate meetings are held every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall.

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