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In the Senate, Feb. 6

The Student Union held a brief senate meeting to share some announcements of some working plans for the upcoming weeks. 

Courtney Thrun ’22 announced plans that are underway to make Brandeis Counseling Center (BCC) appointments available in person. Thrun hopes that appointments will move from Zoom as it would be more beneficial for students.

The Student Union decided to host a live showing of the Jeopardy! College Championship in support of Joey Kornman ’23, who will be the University in the tournament. The live showing was set to take place on Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. in the SCC theater. Another live stream of the show was offered on Feb. 9 as Kornman moved on in the Championship. 

To ensure the safety of students on campus, the union will be handing out free KN95 masks on a “first come, first serve” basis. As of now, mask reservation is only open for undergraduate students but the union may make adjustments in the future. Students were able to reserve masks by filling out a google form attached to the email they sent out on Feb. 7. The student form to request a free KN95 mask closed at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 8. The Student Union also advertised their mask giveaway on their Instagram and on the various Facebook student groups to reach the student body. 

Brandeis will be holding an in-person event in light of Wellness Day on Feb. 18. The event will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the blue booths located outside the Student Campus Center (SCC). The theme of the event will be “coping with change.” 

Some of the campus organizations that will be involved include Brandeis Bridge to Wellness (BTW), Brandeis Latinx Student Organization (BLSO), Brandeis South Asian Student Organization (SASA), Student Sexuality Information (SSIS), Prevention, Advocacy and Resource Center (PARC), 6TALK and Student Accessibilities Services, will host tabling events. 

The student union reached out to the administration about the recent price increases in retail dining in the C-Store. The administration answered the Student Union’s question and replied that the price increase is due to elevated food costs across the brands and the country. 

The Student Union’s next meeting will be on Sunday, Feb. 13, however, there will be a change in meeting time to 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. instead of the usual 7 p.m. meeting time, according to an email sent by Joseph Coles to The Brandeis Hoot. 

The meeting will be mostly an executive session, according to Coles, which is for union members only and no members of the public or the press. The Student Union will be voting on Executive Senator, Senator Representative to Allocations Board and Senate Representative to Community Enhancement and Emergency Fund (CEEF), according to Cole’s email. 

Coles will be stepping down from his position as Executive Senator, he wrote in an email to The Hoot, however, he will remain on the senate in a different capacity. 

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