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COR: Leaders allowed to voice concerns

John Tierney | Wednesday, October 29, 2008

In the absence of new business at Tuesday’ Council of Representatives (COR) meeting, student body president Bob Reish allowed student leaders to address their concerns about student government initiatives.

“This is a time to refocus ourselves and to refocus our initiatives,” Reish said.

One area that Reish would like to improve student government is its approachability. He said that the results of the student survey have showed a “somewhat lower response than we had hoped” on approachability.

But Reish was pleased by the high number of respondents to the survey. He said that over 2,300 people have responded so far.

One area of concern for Hall Presidents’ Council co-chair Phil Krichner was pricing at LaFortune establishments. He was specifically concerned by the absence of $5 foot-longs at the Subway franchise.

Student body vice president Grant Schmidt recently met with Huddle management and said that the Subway does not serve $5 foot-longs because it was not in the franchise’s budget. However, Reish and Schmidt are hopeful that the franchise will budget for the promotion in the future.

Huddle management told Schmidt that it would be too difficult to put prices on the rack in the Huddle Mart convenience store “because things move around due to demand,” according to Schmidt.

“To actually label every single item would be a lot of work,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt proposed having a scanner in the Huddle so customers would be able to scan their items before approaching the register, but he said such a solution might not be possible and would require cooperation from the Office of Information Technology.

Despite these complications, however, all but one COR member said it is necessary to have prices accessible for items sold in the Huddle.

Sophomore class president Cynthia Weber asked Reish about progress on the Collegiate Council, a proposed organization that would bring together student leaders from various universities.

Reish said that he has spoken with the student body president at Princeton University and that they are working to create a Google group that would serve the same function as the Collegiate Council, but without the costs of bringing so many leaders to the same place.

Weber, however, said that she still thinks that meeting face-to-face with leaders from other universities would be beneficial.