Senate updates: April 13 meeting

Each year, $40,000 is spent on yearbook, but a considerable number of students don’t pick them up. The yearbook staff, comprised of four people, works for student government. President Mitchell Rosenberg asked the senate if students would prefer a digital yearbook, or if the yearbook would be missed if it were removed. Vice President Sarah Tabsh agreed that yearbook is becoming less popular. Student Organizations Senator Maytal Sarafian asked where the budget for the yearbook comes from, to which Tabsh said that the student government funds it.

Student government can reallocate those funds elsewhere. Student government may vote to remove the yearbook altogether. The topic was tabled.

 University and Academic Affairs
The committee met with Campus Planning to discuss the costs of the Argyros Forum 304 patio furniture, which would provide more outdoor study spaces for students to use on campus.

Executive Council Announcement
Senate elections are held from April 16-18. Students can vote for candidates through

National Society for Leadership and Success (NSLS) funding request
The NSLS requested funding for a semesterly held banquet to honor newly inducted members. The honor society will host 120 people at the event, including 75 inducted members. There is a one-time fee for the organization, of which some money goes to the national NSLS organization, while some is used for activities at chapter meetings. Student government voted to fully fund the $1,700 request.

Open forum
Rosenberg brought up a number of new initiatives he wants to introduce, including modeling Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s swipe share program — for students to donate their meal swipes to others — developing an online bank where students can donate “meals money” to local food pantries and funding caps and gowns for students from lower socioeconomic demographics.

Elliot Gardner, director of elections, needs senators to table for this week’s senate election. Voting will open April 15. Chapman Dog Day will take place in the Aitken Arts Plaza April 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Compiled by Jack Eckert

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the source of the funding for the yearbook. This information has been corrected.