Student Commission Brief

By Graham Key

Student Commission President Darrin Camilleri began last Monday’s meeting with a reminder for commissioners in the wake of negative student response to an editorial published in the Index’s first issue of Winter Quarter.

“I want us to remember that we have to listen to all students, but we don’t necessarily have to react to all events,” Camilleri said. “We need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.  We can’t stray towards one side, or another at a given moment.  We have to remain objective.”

Commission Vice President Cameron Goodall announced the commission’s intentions to recruit five new and official StuComm Fellows who will serve in specific capacities for the rest of the school year.

According to Goodall, this latest Fellowship application process stems from an initial round of apathetic fellows.

“Some of them kind of dropped off of the map. I sent emails and they didn’t respond,” Goodall said.

According to the Vice President, these new applications will outline the specific responsibilities of each fellow so that they know what they’re getting into.

First Year commissioner Amanda Johnson announced progress made during the President’s Community Council meeting; stating the College’s intent to have Cambridge, Kalamazoo College’s endowment manager, conduct a study on the financial impact of divesting as well as comparing K’s endowment to those of similar sizes.

Johnson also reported on the council’s discussion of the campus smoking policy.  According to Johnson the council was divided between three responses to the national movement to ban on-campus smoking: to enforce the current 25 foot rule, to reduce the number of designated smoking areas, or to eliminate the areas entirely.

The Financial Policies Committee passed the following budgets: Naked Magazine Glowfriends Concert: $400; Naked Magazine in print: $850; StuComm: Food for Thought: $400; StuComm: Call For Collaboration food: $125; and K Scope: Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender Ally Conference, Kansas City, MO: $550.

The meeting concluded with the Commission’s approval of many constitutional amendments. These amendments will be discussed with the student body and the student body will be able to vote on them in the coming weeks.

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