StuComm Brief: Executive Board to Meet with President Wilson-Oyelaran and Large Budget Items Approved

By Graham Key, Staff Writer

Monday’s Student Commission Meeting opened with a moment of silence for senior Ra’ed Al-Shdafait, who died last weekend at home in Jordan.

Student Commission President Darrin Camilleri announced his meeting with Kalamazoo College President Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran scheduled for this Thursday.  During the meeting, Camilleri expects to discuss college divestment in the fossil fuel industry, the status of international student tuition and its variance relative to international currency, and the search for transparency in the student activities fee.

When Camilleri asked for additional topic suggestions, sophomore commissioner Dylan Polcyn suggested a discussion of the Arcus Center for Social Justice’s promotional efforts and more clarity of their mission.

“They built it up for months and months and months and then it just ended,” Polcyn said.  “They aren’t taking half a second to explain how it affects life on campus.”

Student Commission Vice President Cameron Goodall debriefed the Commission on his meeting with Sophomore Class Dean Mike Sosulski.  According to Goodall, Sosulski is considering the formation of a sophomore commission with the aim of making the sophomore experience more interactive with the help from the Center for Career and Professional Development.

Secretary of Finance Kelly Ohlrich discussed the possible introduction of video applications for Innovation Fund proposal, which drew concern from Rasheed Hammouda, a senior StuComm Fellow sitting on the Financial Planning Committee.  Hammouda favors written applications.

“Actually writing out your application is a great way for students to prepare for drafting grant proposals later on,” Hammouda said.


In other news:

  • StuComm confirmed first-year commissioner Amanda Johnson as the next Deputy Secretary of Finance.
  • College Republicans Co-President David Personke secured $8,000 to bring writer and speaker Glenn Shapiro for a lecture next Monday in the Olmsted Room.
  • Model United Nations received $5,000 in funding to attend the McGill International Model United Nations Conference in Montreal, Canada during the Winter Quarter.
  • The Club Sports budget received a $5,000 increase to compensate for budgetary shortfalls.
  • According to junior commissioner Ben Baker, marked crosswalks will be painted on Academy Street at the end of the Fall Quarter.
  • In an effort to recover stolen cafeteria property, RAs will be issued bins for students to anonymously deposit cafeteria contraband.
  • StuComm ratified an Act to Declare Support for the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council.