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Members discuss topics to be addressed by new administration

Liz O'Donnell | Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Topics for next term’s administration were discussed Tuesday evening at student body president Bob Reish’s final Council of Representatives (COR) meeting.

Reish said that he would like to leave student body president-elect Grant Schmidt and student body vice president-elect Cynthia Weber with a “springboard” for COR.

One topic discussed was to address what was spoken about at the recent Intercollegiate Symposium and apply it to Notre Dame student government.

“We should look to apply what was liked from the Symposium,” freshman class president Malcolm Phelan said. “We should see if there is anything we need to implement or change.”

Off-campus president Billy Lyman also suggested a number of areas that could be addressed to help improve life for members of Notre Dame living outside the gates.

“The off-campus student survey could be useful for next year,” said Lyman. “It showed a need for off-campus student services.”

Lyman also suggested that COR look into possibly implementing an off-campus orientation for students moving off for the first time.

Reish offered the idea of looking into the club registration process, citing that there may need to be a change not only for the way that new clubs register, but also updating the registration of already established clubs as well.

COR members also conversed about the addition of having student government leaders come together annually for a town hall talk which would include leaders coming together to discuss issues pertinent to the student body.

Schmidt’s concern with this idea was whether it would only happen when a particular situation arises or if it would be something that occurred on a regular basis.

Members of the Council indicated that it would be a good idea for the talk to occur on a yearly basis, citing the fragmentation of the different sections of student government. The general consensus was that the talk would draw everyone together.

Senior class president Joey Brown added the idea of incorporating an orientation to familiarize students with the new Google accounts.

“We should look into setting up a place for people to have workshops for using Google,” said Brown.

Another area where Schmidt wanted the opinion of the group was whether or not to implement a new practice of recapping what each constituency is doing during each meeting.

He said, similar to Student Senate committee reports, COR would ask for representatives to send a few sentences weekly about what they are doing.

This idea was well received by many members of the Council, who hoped that this process would help curtail the announcements section of the meeting, which is held at the end.

Outgoing Chief Executive Assistant Karen Koski asked the Council if they felt that COR would be a group where if an informal survey was needed, the members could ask their constituencies and then report back.

“Especially if we need feedback on big-time issues where representatives felt that they couldn’t necessarily represent their constituencies,” Koski said.

The rest of the Council said that was a good idea and it would not be too difficult to implement.

In other COR news:

u Junior Ian Secviar was unanimously approved as the new president of the Judicial Council.