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Congress declines faculty funds

Nov. 19, 2004

By JOSH HORTON, staff writer

Student Congress declined a proposed donation from Faculty Senate Thursday after the Faculty Senate announced it would donate any excess funds for its referendum on President Robert B. Sloan Jr.

"Student Congress will not accept any possible donations given for the purposes of running the referendum," Student Congress said in a statement issued Thursday.

Brandon Anderson, internal vice president, said Student Congress will not accept the money because the organization disagrees with the referendum.

Kristen Feller | Lariat staff
Dub Oliver speaks to Student Congress Thursday afternoon in 403 Cashion.
"We're against the referendum and so therefore we want no involvement with it," Anderson said. "We're a little frustrated because it gave the appearance of collusion, that we were involved in the process and knew about it all along when in fact we did not."

Dr. Eric Rust, associate professor of history and Faculty Senate member, said Faculty Senate wanted to give the money to a worthwhile organization.

"We were looking for a proper and an innocent place to send any of our excess funds that are raised for the referendum," Rust said.

Rust added that Faculty Senate will donate the excess money elsewhere.

Student Congress also passed an allocation in a 45-0 vote placing six more computers in the Baylor Sciences Building lobby. The computers will cost $5,610.

"There's usually more people waiting for [computers] than are actually using them," Nathan Wacker, Sherman junior and sponsor of the bill, said. "There was an obvious need for more computers."

Freshman Class President Gary Guadagnolo of Arlington said the allocation is a "paradigm shift" from most of Student giv

is a "paradigm shift" from most their strengths and tried to find imperatives that matched well with them," Langston said. "We felt imperatives 'six' and 'nine' were good fits and there is certainly a lot to be done with them."

Imperative 'six' is to "guide all Baylor students to as a stewardship and work as a vocation," and imperative 'nine' is to "enhance involvement of the entire Baylor family." The council has been working on several projects to make these imperatives real to students and to ultimately fulfill them.

In order to educate students on vocational opportunities, for imperative six, the council put together a community involvement summit last year and is working on another one for this year.

"We wanted to connect the students' vocations and pursuits with opportunities to use them in the community," Lauren Partridge, council executive vice-president, said.

Leaders from the Waco community joined Baylor faculty and administrators at the summit to have an open dialogue over how Baylor students can use their skills and training in the community.

The council also has set up a series of informal lunches with administrators, which are open to all students, for imperative 'nine'. Dr. Eileen Hulme, vice president for student life, and Tommye Lou Davis, chief of staff to the president, are two administrators who have met with students already, and Provost David Lyle Jeffrey is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Dec 2, Memorial Dining Hall.

"We want to give students the chance to know the administration on a personal level and be able to discuss things that concern them," Amanda Hutchison, council vice-president of the imperative 'nine' committee, said.

To contribute to another aspect of imperative nine, the Connecting Baylor Undergraduate Students (CUBS) was formed last year.

CUBS connects out-of-state students with upperclassmen mentors. Approximately 50 students were paired with mentors last year easing the drastic transition out-of-state students experience and helping in retention, partridge said.

Overall, the council feels good about its first 14 months in existence.

"I think we have been very successful so far; the responses we have gotten have all been positive," Langston said.