Senate Looks to the Future of CSS

Heidi Voigt

At Sunday’s Student Senate meeting, president Jason Chavez updated the senators about the initiatives of the College of St. Scholastica’s strategic planning task forces. These 11 committees have each released a statement regarding their plans for improvements at the college within the next five to ten years.

Some of the items proposed include a new turf field with stadium seating to increase attendance at sporting events, a heavier presence in the community, and an increase in net tuition. A forum discussing these topics will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Students wishing to discover all the committees’ proposals can find them on the college’s website.

Senate is also hoping to implement changes on campus in the near future. Chavez is looking into a program known as Swipe for Hunger which will allow students to donate a certain percentage of their unused meal swipes. These swipes could then be utilized similar to the campus food shelf.

This program has been implemented in a number of universities around the nation, but only only found at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Carleton College in Minnesota. Beginning the program at CSS would allow the college stand out from its competitors.

The food situation on campus was a big matter of concern to Senate. Last week, Senate received the results of a survey regarding the Greenview Dining Room. The survey primarily asked for longer hours and more vegetable options. This week, Chavez is meeting with Food Services to discuss applying these changes to GDR.

Also discussed at the meeting was the Gender Inclusive Restroom Project led by diversity and inclusion chair Will Richardson. This proposed project aims to provide a more inclusive culture at CSS by creating restrooms for students who do not conform to the binary gender system, parents helping opposite gendered children, and people with disabilities who require assistance from the opposite gender.

According to Richardson, “The project currently only applies to Tower Hall with future plans to update the other buildings.”

This suggested remodel asks that a total of four restrooms, two multi-stalled and two single room, have the plaques changed to read “Gender Inclusive Restroom.” Senate wrote a supporting statement for the project which asks that Science Building and the Burns Wellness Center be relabeled to include gender inclusive bathrooms.

Earlier in the meeting, Senate received an unbudgeted request from the American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Club. The club asked for $650 for the price of transportation and lodging for a guest speaker. Student Activities offered to absorb the total price of this, so the Senate amended the budget request. ASL club will receive $0 from Senate with the stipulation that Student Activities pay for the event.

With no withdrawals, the general fund remained at $2,394.33.