A semester in Student Senate

March 31, 2008

By: Kira Taniguchi, Senior Student Senator

Baylor Student Senate is comprised of 52 senators, 13 from each graduating class.

Here is a quick glimpse at what the 55th Legislative Session of Baylor Student Senate has accomplished over the past semester:

o Relay for Life Allocation- $5,683.68 was given to BU MEDS, Zeta Tau Alpha and Alpha Phi Omega to host the first ever Relay for Life at Baylor University. The event will be held on the fields behind the Science Building April 11-12.

o Martin Unplugged Benefit Concert Allocation- Senate allotted $3,610.88 to the Martin Leadership team to help put on Martin Unplugged. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Alive campaign. The event will be held April 4 at the Cameron Park Zoo.

o Raising Awareness in North Korea- $242.65 was allotted to help raise awareness in North Korea, which has one of the worst human rights records in history. This will help shed light on human rights in differing parts of our nation.

o National Society of Collegiate Scholars March to College- Student Senate allotted $2,027.42 to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. This honors organization recognizes outstanding academic achievement to first and second year college students. March to College Day, hosted earlier this semester, was a big success.

In addition to allocating money from the Student Life Fund, Senate has passed several support resolutions this semester in honor of some of our own Baylor students who have passed away. These resolutions were designed to extend sympathy to members of their families to help them through this difficult time.

Student Senate also supported a Juicycampus.com ban. This resolution was designed to block this harmful website from the on-campus computer network. There is no moderator for the site and no way to retract or edit posts; therefore, the site was deemed unacceptable to remain on the campus network.

Finally, Senate hosted a Hay Day earlier this semester to gear the Baylor Student Body for the upcoming Primary elections. The successful event was held on Fountain Mall and many Baylor students attended.

Just a reminder, Student Senate meets nearly every Thursday at 5 p.m. in Cashion 403. Anyone is welcome, so come by and see students serving students in action.