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Group discusses goals for members to pursue

Sonia Rao | Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Members of the Council of Representatives (COR) discussed what they hoped to accomplish during their terms, which began just last week, at their meeting Tuesday night.

Student body president Liz Brown asked members for suggestions for the COR agenda. Brown said COR may be helpful in discussing how to plan a faculty-student debate series, an initiative she presented as part of her platform in her presidential campaign.

“We would have five or six debates about contemporary topics in a very public venue such as the Main Lounge in LaFortune,” she said.

Brown said members would probably discuss the details of the series within the next few weeks.

Student body vice president Maris Braun suggested that redevelopment plans south of campus – a project planned by the University and now headed by Kite Realty, expected to break ground by the end of 2007 – “has some potential for student government to have a major impact.”

Members could work on allowing Domer Dollars to be used in restaurants, she said.

Though there were few new incentives for the COR agenda introduced at the meeting, Brown encouraged members to continue to think of ways to improve student life and bring those ideas forward during meetings throughout the year.

Brown and Braun continued to lay the personnel groundwork for their administration.

Junior Anthony Dayrit was approved to be vice president of Peer Advocacy. In this position, Dayrit will be responsible for coordinating and training peer advocates.

Judicial Council president Ashley Weiss said she is “confident in Anthony’s ability to lead as vice president of Peer Advocacy.”

“He is the best person for the job,” she said.

Dayrit said he plans to rejuvenate the program, which has not been utilized as much in past years.

“We created a poster and we hope to have a banner created that we can use at Activities Night,” he said. “We plan to talk to rectors, hall staff, and freshmen about getting the word out so within the first few weeks of school students will know about the program and how to use it.”