In the Senate Oct. 7

October 7, 2018

The Senate discussed a two year soft roll-out for making every club have an advisor after backlash over the original idea for a quicker change. The idea is that in two years, all clubs will be required to have a faculty or staff advisor to make clubs more accountable. According to senator Aaron Finkel ’20 this will be “adding an extra layer of support” for clubs. 

The Senate approved the name change of Brandeis Conservatives to Young Americans for Liberty, to aid the club in expanding what they have to offer, and to allow it to communicate with a network of other YAL clubs. 

The Senate passed the motion to allow the Bylaws committee to have members that are not members of the Senate. The Club Support committee reported that it is helping clubs get ready for the A-Board marathon on Nov. 1. The Student Union Meet and Greet will be held on Oct. 17, from 5pm to 7pm, at the Fellow’s Garden.  

The Service and Outreach committee reported that this year’s Turkey shuttles to New York will cost $25 for students. The committee will also be partnering with the Waltham group to arrange shuttles to Boston Logan International Airport and South Station for break. The possibility of hiring shuttles to drive students to polling stations in November was discussed 

The Health and Safety committee proposed trying to put condoms in bathrooms and scales in some of the gyms for student use. The Campus Operations Working Group (COW-G) committee discussed trying to get washing machines in quads where there is space for more. The Dining committee reported trying to reduce meal plan requirements but the project seemed unlikely after the committee met with Sodexo. 


Senator Joshua Hoffman ’21 brought to the Senate the idea of turning a room in Skyline into a gym, with a treadmill and perhaps a few other pieces of exercise equipment, as most other residential quads on campus have a gym. The room currently under consideration is the small multipurpose room in Skyline Commons. There is also a survey posted in the MyDeis Class of 2021 Facebook Group for students to give feedback on the idea. 


Senator Alex Chang ’22 proposed putting pianos in the lounges in freshman quads. The two pianos would cost the Senate $765.96 and is a “real need” for freshman, according to Chang. The idea is to be further discussed and perhaps voted on during the next Senate meeting.

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