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Student Congress starts new semester

Jan. 23, 1997

By Jenni Luker

Lariat Reporter

Student Congress is ready to start a new semester with the first spring meeting at 5 p.m. tonight in Hankamer 403.

This semester Student Congress members will continue to work on legislation from last semester and address new issues.

'I think there's a lot of potential with the start of the new semester. I feel like we can do a lot of promising things,' said Student Congress member Amanda Whiteley, a San Antonio sophomore.

Student Congress plans to 'take a more pro-active stance and work with the administration to make the idea of a twenty-four hour study hall a reality,' said Christy Rome, Student Congress public relations chairperson and a Stafford sophomore.

The addition of picnic tables to the lawn of Memorial Residence Hall will be discussed in order to provide students alternative seating to the crowded cafeterias.

Another goal of Student Congress is to put course syllabi on the Internet giving students the opportunity to view them before registering for classes.

The Student Life survey, which will be offered starting Monday and continuing until Jan. 31, will also be put on-line to insure more accurate results and possibly increase student response. Surveys will continue to be available in the Bill Daniel Student Center and during Chapel-Forum.

'I think there's a lot of potential with the start of the new semester. I feel like we can do a lot of promising things,' said Student Congress member Amanda Whiteley, a San Antonio sophomore.

Student Congress will soon be accepting applications to fill the six seats that are currently empty. Prospective members must be able to attend weekly meetings and observe the attendance policy of only two absences a semester. After two absences, members are reviewed by the Congressional Operations Board and are asked either to resign or to make up the lost time with office hours.

All of the student body officers will keep the positions they had last semester. The offices are: Collin Cox, a Waco senior, student body president; Kevin McMurry, an Atlanta senior, student body vice president; Michael Jackson, a Waco senior, student body secretary; and Philip Hassler, an Arlington junior, student body treasurer.

Student Congress meetings are open to the public. Members will soon be making presentations before campus organizations in order to explain the purpose of Student Congress.

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