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Students consider adding members

ELIZABETH CHEFFERS | Tuesday, September 7, 2004

Members of the Council of Representatives met Monday to discuss the possibility of adding three new non-voting members to the council, from RecSports, Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Concerns.Such a move would facilitate better communication between different interests in the student body, members said. Kate Dissler, a member of the CSC student advisory board Voice, spoke at the meeting about the CSC’s possible participation in COR. “The CSC plays such a major role in so many campus events and they do not have a voice on any of the major programming boards,” she said. Student body president Adam Istvan said he would support the addition of a CSC representative.”It would be a completely new, a completely outside voice,” said Istvan. The council plans to vote on the proposition at next week’s meeting. The RecSports representative would be chosen from the athletic advisory board, which includes dorm athletic commissioners and faculty members. “All three of these organizations do a lot of programming events on campus, and so it makes a lot of sense to have them here to help us spitball ideas,” Istvan said. The group also discussed the Rock the Vote project. Representative Dave Baron introduced Peter Quaranto, a member of the Rock the Vote steering committee, who gave a presentation on the overall goals and upcoming events he hoped student government would support. “We’re fighting apathy every way we know how,” Quaranto said.Quaranto said Rock the Vote was formed to combat the traditional apathy of Notre Dame students. It is a non-partisan group that includes representatives from various campus organizations such as College Republicans, College Democrats, the CSC, the political science, English and film, television and theater departments. “We’ve had some trouble because some people are afraid we are going to disrupt ‘business as usual’ on campus, but these are big times no matter where you stand,” Quaranto said.