In the Senate, March 21

March 26, 2021

UPDATED: March 27, 9:30 p.m.

The Senate passed a vote to charter the Brandeis University Consulting Club (BUCC) after the club had attempted, but failed, to be chartered last semester. The club has made connections with the nine largest consulting firms within the United States and intends to use its chartered status to promote events with guest speakers from those firms. Chair of the Social Justice and Diversity Committee and Class of 2024 Senator Noah Risley ’24 was one of two “no” votes citing ethical issues with some of the consulting firms the BUCC is connected with as a reason for their vote against the club.

In a courtesy vote, the Senate voted not to renew Brandeis Television’s (BTV) status as a secured club. The renewal will move onto the Constitutional Review Board for final approval to determine if de-securing the club is in order. BTV makes videos for a number of other clubs such as BEMCo and WBRS, along with hosting the SunDeis film festival in the Spring. If BTV loses their status as a secured club, they will become a chartered club and will need to apply for funding each semester through marathon.

Risley shared that their committee will be presenting the Anti-Asian Racism Presentation on March 29. they noted the importance of the event in the wake of recent events of racism against Asian Americans and specifically Asian American women. The Social Justice and Diversity Committee is continuing to work with female employees to share their stories to be used for Women’s History Month events.

Chair of the Dining Committee, Ashna Kelkar ’24 announced that dispensers for compostable utensils have already been set up in locations around campus such as The Hoot Market and Upper Usdan and the rest will be installed within the next week. Kelkar also stated that her committee is next going to work with the dining halls to bring in compostable plastic bags for student use.

Courtney Thrun ’22, chair of the Services and Outreach Committee, introduced a motion to amend a Senate Money Resolution (SMR) regarding the midnight buffet budget that was presented at the last Senate meeting. Thrun reported that her committee had found a more cost-effective retailer of bucket hats and was able to increase the order of hats without any increase in spending. 

Massell Quad Senator Ben Topol ’24 introduced an amendment to the Massell Quad Picnic tables SMR, which was passed by the Senate. The amendment included the purchasing of three additional picnic tables to be placed between Skyline and Lemberg Hall. 
Executive and Class of 2022 Senator Joseph Coles ’22 presented a bylaws amendment to the current SMR amendment that was passed by the Senate. This amendment adds language requiring all future SMRs to have the, “Student Union name and/or logo visible whenever possible,” according to the proposal. According to Coles this will help increase the documentation of Senate actions for recording purposes.

UPDATE: A previous version incorrectly used Risley’s pronouns as he/him/his. Risley uses they/them pronouns.

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