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This Week in the Senate: March 18

By Emily Sorkin Smith

Section: News

March 23, 2018

Senators voted to charter the Basketball Club and grant the Swimming Club another period of probation during the March 18 senate meeting. Senators also discussed the “bunny shuttles” initiative and Union support for the upcoming “March for Our Lives” in Boston.

The Basketball Club presented at the Senate meeting on March 11, but the Union advised them to update their constitution to include co-ed weekly practices for students not on the competition team. Having practices only for men would violate the Union’s non-exclusionary requirement for chartered clubs. The senate voted unanimously to charter the club.

Though as of now, the Basketball Club has only a men’s competition team, if there are enough women players interested, the club will form a women’s competition team.

Representatives from Brandeis Club Swimming spoke to the Senate about their progress, having been granted probationary status last semester. Clubs that meet their goals during the probationary period are granted full chartering by the Club Support Committee. Club Swimming had not yet achieved this, but the Senate granted the club another probationary period to continue working.

Vice President Hannah Brown ’19 reminded senators to submit justifications for their votes on two clubs, the Jewish Feminist Association of Brandeis (JFAB) and the Mindfulness Club who filed appeals with the judiciary committee after the Senate voted down their requests to be chartered. All senators present during these votes are required to submit an explanation for their vote or abstention.

Brown announced plans to conduct a diversity, equity and inclusion training with Amber Abernathy ’18, Senate Diversity Officer.

The executive board announced plans to sponsor additional buses to the “March for Our Lives” in Boston on Saturday, March 24. Brandeis Never Again, a student group formed after the shooting in Parkland, FL, also plans to provide transportation for students going the march.

The senate will sponsor an open forum on student life on Wednesday, March 28.

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