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Minutes 2.25.2014

Student Senate XXVI

Meeting 14: February 25th, 2014





  • Dr. John Smeaton- Vice Provost for Student Affairs

"The Lehigh University Fraternity and Sorority Community, comprised of chapters and governing councils, aspire to support and espouse The Principles of Our Equitable Community. As part of this aspiration, the Fraternity and Sorority Community commits to supporting the spirit and intent of these initiatives by prohibiting all events that, through the actions of organizations or individual members negatively affect the dignity of any student, or inhibit the promotion of mutual understanding among Lehigh community members.

Per The Principles: “We confront and reject discrimination in all its forms, including that based on age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economics, veteran status, or any differences that have been excuses for misunderstanding, dissension, or hatred.”

In the spirit of this statement, our belief is that any event sponsored or endorsed by a Fraternity or Sorority in Lehigh’s Greek Community, may not discriminate against any class listed above. Failure to adhere to this, either through the acts of organizations or individual chapter members representing their organization, would result in investigation and adjudication, as appropriate, in partnership with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations. This includes on and off-campus events, activities and actions as well as actions taken on-line via use of social media."

  • Ian McConville: chair for Election for Cancer Research; every dollar is a vote; Dave is Student Senate representative; goal is $15,000

President’s Report: Andrew Callahan 

  • Important Dates: March 25th Exec Nominations, April 8th Exec Elections, April 11th Senate Platforms Due, April 15th Admin Forum and Banquet, April 22nd Last Senate XXVI Meeting and first XXVII Meeting
  • Presidential Office Hours: 2/26 from 3-4 PM in Lucy’s

Vice President’s Report: Kerry Mallett

  • Admin: upload updates over break
  • Senators of the Week: Don and Levent
  • Featured Senator: Jay; First Year Constituency, Material Science major, Favorite ice cream is pistachio, fun fact-he owns a farm 

Treasurer: Harry Nimoityn

  • Congrats to our 2 new Assistant Treasurers, Freddy & Peter! Along with current ATs Shaan and Amit, they will help ensure that this year’s budget season is a success.
  • Key Allocations Dates: March 12 @ midnight - Minor club budgets due on the HUB; Sat, March 22 - Allocations Retreat; March 25 - 2014-15 budget bills introduced and tabled April 8 - 2014-15 budget bills voted on

Secretary: Anna D’Ginto

  • CLIP Chairs: fill out Attendance doc! 
  • Update Powerpoint by Monday night at 8 PM

Parliamentarian: Alex Stephanou

  • Current committee members: Andrew Callahan & Anna D’Ginto (Exec), Tiffany Kuperschmidt (Sorority), Maura Godfrey (On Campus), Taylor Tvedt (First Year), Jose (Fraternity), Oma (Off Campus) 



Allocations: Harry Nimoityn

  • SSR26AL025- BIS Club (New Event Request- Additional Funding) PASS

Club Affairs: Rachael Martel 

  • SSR26CA026 PASS
  • SSR26CA027 PASS
  • SSR26CA028 PASS
  • SSR26CA029 PASS
  • SSR26CA030 PASS
  • SSR26CA031 PASS

Public Relations: Dave Melynczuk

  • Sweatshirts; if you didn’t get sweatshirt, contact Dave
  • Collaborating with Graduate Student Senate to advertise ball
  • Student Senate Leadership Awards due Friday

Facilities and Technology: Sarah Glickstein

  • Updates: Finalized grant proposal (tech signs at bus stops) hand delivered to Bruce Taggart; Potential letter to Doug Strange?; LehighU Live App - Greg Skinner; Evaluations for advisors; Cafe in FML? David Joseph; Storage for international students; Parking during 4 o’clocks

Transportation: Jose Sierra 

  • New link in Transportation’s webste
  • Working on surveys to send out
  • Follow @LehighUTransit
  • New initiatives: gather information about athletics and break shuttle buses 

Safety: Andy Gelb

  • List of safety tips for freshmen
  • Worst lit areas on campus
  • Survey results: Linderman is one of most underlit areas on campus; need motion sensor lights and brighter blue lights, replace dim lights on campus 

Best of Bethlehem: Maura Godfrey

  • Top 10 Lists: March is finished; will be in residence halls, buses and Upper
  • Restaurant Reviews: need more tell friends and other clubs, share google doc  
  • Looking for others ways to spread word for and help out with CSO’s Spring Fling

Unity: Emmanuel Lai

  • We are in the Fundraising phase: $200 raised so far. 
  • Venue has been booked for the 28th. However, might be rescheduled due to conflicts with fraternity initiation. 
  • Event time: 10:00 to 1:00

Green Initiatvies: Savannah Monser-Kernso

  • Working with Green Action Green fee
  • Water bottle filling station X money is being spent on Common Grounds instead 
  • Orientation
  • Earth Day 



Ad Hoc on Peer Advising: Sonja Gorman

  • Successful meeting with the Advising Working Committee of the CAS this morning. Thanks Andrew and Alex!;  issues of concern: early advising for freshmen, poor advisors, lack of centralized office/info; moving forward: conduct research on student needs    through surveys, focus group, brown-bag meeting; find    out what systems work at other universities
  • Meeting with Twana Walker of the CBE to hear feedback and updates: to be rescheduled.
  • Will reach out again to the College of Engineering

Ad Hoc on Diversity and Inclusion: Don Scott

  • Committee will be splitting into sub-groups based on college: CAS, CBE, College of Engineering, CSB/IBE/IDEAS
  • Committee members will be contacted by one of the following: Don (Special Programs & CBE), Andrew Callahan(Engineering), Wade Homer (CAS)



  • Faculty Committee Updates: Roger: Visiting Lectures committee discussed upcoming speakers- 3/21 Willie Williams, 3/27 Dr. Arthur Goldberg; also discussing possibility of Lehigh Lafayette speakers 
  • Motion to Affirm Dr. Smeaton’s New University Policy AFFIRMED
  • Don: Library Users Committee wants feedback 
  • Kerry: don’t move name placards



  • Oma: Hair, Beauty & Health Event 3/20; free giveaways
  • Matt: 1) LeaderShape applications are due Friday; Student Activities will sponsor 3 students so contact Matt 

2) Student Leadership Development Office is requesting Urban Ops squad leaders; can’t be Gryphons, OLs or leaders for other preLUsion programs

  • Tiffany: Panhel book club March 17th at Alpha Gam; book: Lean In
  • Freddy: STRIVE Awards need nominations; link is on class pages
  • Harry: make up Minor Club Budget session tomorrow at 4:10 in MG 102
  • Bridget: panel discussion tomorrow at 4:10 in  MG