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Senate Updates: Sept.29

New Diversity Affairs board
Diversity Affairs Committee Chair Jackie Palacios announced that Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Senator Krista Tamares will be talking with Bob Bassett, the dean of Dodge College, to potentially establish a Diversity Affairs Board within the college.

Funding requests
The Beach Volleyball Club funding request during last week’s allocations committee meeting was tabled, because the club wanted to sell shirts that student government would fund. A funding request for nearly $700 was denied in last week’s allocations committee meeting, said Allocations Committee Chair Will Harris. The club was requesting funding for a trip that had a student participation of about 10 students, therefore the committee felt it did not benefit the Chapman community as a whole.

A funding request for nearly $700 was denied in last week’s allocations committee meeting, Harris said. The club was requesting funding for a trip that had a student participation of about 10 students, therefore the committee felt it did not benefit the Chapman community as a whole.

“We just did not feel like that was a good use of $700,” Harris said.

The U.S. Institute of Theatre Technology, Inc. at Chapman submitted a funding request for $2,756.89 for the rights to the musical “Chicago” to be produced in conjunction with clubs like Chapman on Broadway, The Players’ Society and the Chapman Dance Alliance.

Harris suggested funding the request in full, on a reimbursement basis, as it would provide an opportunity for individuals who aren’t College of Performing Arts students to perform.

Last year, student government funded the production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” but was reimbursed by the clubs with about $6,000 in ticket sale revenue. The group will make a second funding request once they assemble a production team and create a budget.

Open forum
President Mitchell Rosenberg addressed Palacios’ concerns about signage for the gender-inclusive restroom in Argyros Forum. Palacios said that it wasn’t clear where the location of the restroom is and that when students try to use it, it is often locked.

“It definitely doesn’t require key card access. Maybe it’s just some growing pains because it’s new,” Rosenberg said about the restroom being locked.

Rosenberg said signs for the restroom are on their way, but that the signs have imagery of a male, female and a disability access symbol. This is cause for concern, Rosenberg said, because the signs depict gender binaries.

Speaker of Senate Alex Ballard asked Rosenberg about the establishment of a student wellness committee. Rosenberg said he would be in contact with Active Minds, a student-run mental health organization, and Ansley Wong, the university and academic affairs committee chairwoman, in the next week or two to talk about the structure of the committee.

Compiled by Emma Reith

1 Comment

  • Wow, a truly sad time for the Chapman community. Does the Senate have nothing else to discuss besides the signage for a restroom? This is obviously very triggering.

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