Until the first Student Senate meeting, which takes place next Tuesday, senators are mainly focused on getting ready for the upcoming year.
For Senate officers, that means working to put together binders and nameplates or cleaning out the Student Senate office (located in SAMSA). For both officers and the rank and file, that means looking toward possible legislative or committee goals.
So in no particular order, here’s what some senators have told The Daily Campus what they’re tentatively looking at, legislation-wise (keep in mind things change as the school year progresses):
- Addressing the controversy surrounding the student athletes who were denied admission
- Possibly forming an Ad-Hoc committee to upload all the Public Information Files on the Senate website
- Reforming dining hours on campus so that “that students can always find a place to eat.”
- Working to make it so that student scholarships increase in proportion to increases in tuition cost.
- Working with the finance committee to ensure that Senate has a proper budget and doesn’t run out of money
- Creating a more unified campus
- Gathering feedback on SMU activities such as Mustang Days and Corral from freshmen
- Getting each senator to write at least one piece of legislation
- Creating a student version of SMU’s Master Plan to help with future Senate transitions and to accomplish long-term goals
- Looking at University Park’s upcoming decisions about parking permits near Snider Plaza
- Forming a committee on safety
- Looking at the fraternity point system
- Looking at student fees
- Looking at the way Senate funds organizations
- Special representation seats—in particular, the possibility of creating a seat for the LGBT community
We’ll have to wait until Senate begins for senators to actually propose legislation. But if this list is any indication, this year’s crop of legislation promises to be interesting.