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Face-to-face or online courses – Senate seeks answer

Student Senate discussed worries about online classes, upcoming senate elections, and library renovations at their meeting on Monday.

Deane Tucker, English and Humanities professor, came to the meeting to express concerns to Student Senate about online classes. He said that some faculty are concerned about having numerous online classes during the academic school year, when students live right on campus and can have face-to-face classes instead. He distributed a hand-out summarizing his position along with what he thinks students should examine.

In the document, Tucker stated he believes that “a rigorous, well-crafted survey should be administered to all residential CSC students to measure their interests in online, face-to-face, or blended/hybrid learning environments.”

He then asked if the Student Senate to design and conduct the survey, and report those finding to the Academic Review Committee.

Senate agreed to put together a survey and bring its results to the review committee.

In other business, Student Senate President, Morgan Nelson, said Milton Wolf, director of the CSC library, asked her to gauge student opinion on the value of the library.

Nelson also spoke again about the coffee bar that is going into the library. She distributed a survey asking whether they prefer a coffee bar with a staff or vending machines.

Chief Justice Nisha Durand said elections for Student Senate will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Center. Petitions to be on the ballot are due Friday.

Secretary Chrissy Black said a booth will be set up to hand out T-shirts at the homecoming game.

Treasurer T.J. Thomson said there is $13,510 in un-allocated funds in the combined Senate accounts. He also said that he appointed an adviser for the Senate Finance committee, and recommended that the Senate approve his appointment in selecting Tom Smith, of the Communication and Social Sciences Department, as the SFC adviser.

Smith said that he looked forward to being able to help since allocating funds is an important task. Smith was unanimously approved.

Corresponding Secretary Beth Wrobleski said there are 25 nominations for Homecoming King and 26 nominations for Homecoming Queen. She also said bed sheets are due to the Senate Office by 5 p.m. Thursday.

In another matter, CAB President Luke Wright said there would be a Women’s Rugby game Saturday. He said that CAB would be focusing on Homecoming in the upcoming week. Posters will be printed off to put in the halls about Homecoming. There will be dress-up days throughout the week.

Susan Schaeffer, Senate sponsor, spoke about Academic Review, which looks at classes and changes that might be made to them. She said that the faculty committee brought forward ideas about re-inventing the general studies program. The committee is considering changing the name of general studies to “essential studies.” Schaeffer requested that Student Senate consider the change, and then come back next week with thoughts on the naming matter.

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