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Proposal looks to add alumnus to Council

Liz O'Donnell | Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Campus Life Council (CLC) passed a resolution to propose the addition of a member from the Alumni Association to the council in its final meeting of the semester Monday evening.

The newly created Task Force on Alumni Student Relations drafted and proposed the resolution to the council in hopes of ultimately receiving the approval from Fr. Mark Poorman in the Office of Student Affairs for the new member.

Bridget Bredemann, the chairman of the committee, said the addition of a member from the Alumni Association to the committee would enhance the committee as well as provide a way for the committee to receive feedback on the issue.

Student body president Grant Schmidt echoed this statement, saying it would add an additional voice to the committee.

“The underlying reason is that the Campus Life Council has a lot of power,” he said.
Schmidt also said there were numerous examples in the past where it would have been valuable to have an alumni’s opinion.

Before the resolution was passed, the members of the committee debated the content of the resolution. The biggest concern voiced by council members was over the voting power of the alumni if he or she were to be added as a permanent member.

Schmidt said all members of CLC are granted voting power. Therefore, if a member of the alumni association were appointed as a permanent member of the council, that person would be able to vote.

The council voted to pass the resolution, which will now be passed on to Fr. Poorman for approval.

The Task Force on Student Legal Services proposed a resolution to receive the approval from the Office of Student Affairs to move forward on the online legal database, which the group has been working on throughout the semester.

Task Force Chairman John DeLacio said while the approval from the Office of Student Affairs isn’t necessary for the creation of the database, it would provide Fr. Poorman with the opportunity to express his support or concern with the project.

DeLacio also said this resolution is the first of two, the latter of which will come in the spring semester and will lay out a more detailed plan for student legal services.

The discussion on the resolution focused on clarifying that the specific purpose of the resolution was only to gain a formal approval of student affairs rather than ask for financial backing for the database.

The session was drawn to a close before the committee was able to come to a consensus on the resolution and vote on it. Conversation on the resolution will continue next semester.
The third task force, the Task Force on Evaluation of Student Disciplinary Records, did not report at the meeting.