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COR: Council approves new positions

John Tierney | Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Council of Representatives (COR) approved the appointment of senior Joe Venturini as Academic Delegate and of senior Laura Zuzolo as SUB Art Director in unanimous decisions at their meeting Tuesday.

Venturini, a Program of Liberal Studies and Arts and Letters Pre Professional major, formerly of Morrissey Manor, will serve as a student liaison to the Faculty Senate and will sit on the Academic Council, student body president Bob Reish said.

Venturini was not aware of his new position’s responsibilities until Reish approached him about becoming the academic delegate, but is eager to assume a new challenge.

“I love Notre Dame and I want to give a little back,” he said.

Zuzolo, who was nominated at the COR meeting by SUB Manager Pat Gartland, is a Graphics Design major from Walsh Hall. She previously worked as a graphic designer for SUB during the 2007-2008 school year and continued her work with SUB over the summer, working with the Director of Publicity while serving as a summer residence hall manager.

“Her past leadership and design experience will aid the organization greatly, and her philosophies of hard work and fun exemplify the central mission of SUB,” Gartland wrote in his letter addressed to COR, nominating Zuzolo for the position.

Zuzolo said that responsibilities as art director would include overseeing the design of posters and advertisements for SUB.

Following the confirmation of Venturini and Zuzolo, Reish began a closed-door portion of the meeting during which COR discussed funding issues that remained confidential upon the reopening of the meeting.

After the meeting was reopened to the public, Reish discussed changing the procedure for discussing COR Collaboration Fund Appeals. He encouraged members to think about whether or not “we should set higher standards if [an appeal to the fund] is over a certain amount.”

Reish also suggested requiring that a representative from a club attend the COR meeting, but said he would not allow the representative to remain in the meeting during financial deliberations.

The representative would, however, be available to answer questions “about the planning process,” Reish said.

Reish did not delve into further specifics about financial matters after reopening the meeting. “We can’t go into too much detail with The Observer here,” he said.

COR voted to postpone the discussion of the Student Census until next week’s meeting. The census, according to Reish, is a “survey to the entire student body” that will allow students to “rank student government projects,” in an attempt to “bridge the gap.”

Students will be able to respond to the survey online, at the dining halls, and at LaFortune Student Center. Sarah Rodts, who is responsible for community outreach in student government, will address COR about the survey next week.