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Student survey announced

Kaitlynn Riely | Thursday, October 4, 2007

Student Senate’s meeting ran quickly Wednesday, adjourning after 20 minutes of committee and officer reports.

Academic Affairs chair Carol Hendrickson updated the senators on her continuing work to address the jump in the price of course packets, which occurred after the Hammes Bookstore became the sole vendor.

Hendrickson and her committee have designed a student survey about the course packets. They plan to distribute it after they receive final approval from Associate Vice President for Residence Life Bill Kirk.

The Academic Affairs committee is also looking into the possibility of suggesting a business course for non-business majors.

As a follow-up to the Notre Dame Forum on immigration next Monday, University Affairs Chair Callie Pogge planned a student-faculty debate on the topic to take place next Thursday in the Dooley Room of LaFortune at 7 p.m.

Pogge is also organizing next week’s Energy Week.

Community Relations chair Colin Feehan said his committee has organized an off-campus legal aid clinic, to be held Oct. 17 in LaFortune from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feehan said he will hand out posters for the event at next week’s Senate meeting.

“We are also continuing to work on the Taste of South Bend,” he said.

That event, which will give students a chance to sample foods from local restaurants, will take place later this year.

Multicultural Affairs chair Ninny Wan said her committee is brainstorming ways to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day next semester. One idea her committee proposed was doing service on that day.

Student body president Liz Brown said she has begun to plan her presentation to the Board of Trustees, which is scheduled for Oct. 18. Brown said she is finalizing the text of her report, which will focus on community relations, at the request of Vice President for Student Affairs Father Mark Poorman, she said.

Student body vice president Maris Braun said she met with Vice President and Associate Provost Dennis Jacobs to discuss joint University and student government objectives to make students more aware of the University Honor Code.

“We have some initiatives planned, so keep your ears and eyes open for that,” Braun said.

Oversight Committee chair Ian Secviar unveiled a revised version of the Student Body Constitution. The new document includes several amendments to the constitution that have been made over the past year.