Office of Sustainability presents, Senate approves Program Vice President, passes amendments to improve executive board election process

On Thursday February 6, 2014, Marquette University Student Government Senate convened for a presentation from Mike Wittow and Andrew Seifert from the Office of Sustainability, approved the Program Vice President for the 2014-15 academic year and discussed amendments to the election process.

Andrew Seifert spoke on Marquette’s use of energy, water and waste. Since the Office of Sustainability began its initiatives in 2007, they have seen an increase in recycling and a decrease in waste. Environmentally friendly additions have already been made on campus including dual flush toilets, low flow faucets, trayless dining, and weather-informed irrigation. Wittow encourages students to pursue their concerns on sustainability and emphasized the office’s willingness to help with these concerns.

PPT Ryan Twaddle was selected as the 2014-15 Program Board Vice President and approved by Senate unanimously. Twaddle previously served as a College of Arts and Sciences Senator and President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

Looking forward to his term, Twaddle said, “Juniors and seniors put money into the student activity fee, so I would like to see some more activities targeted towards upperclassmen.”

Next on the agenda was the approval of Student Organization Funding for the most recent application period. Senate approved allocations of funds for Students for Justice in Palestine, Active Minds, Habitat for Humanity, MARDI GRAS New York and MARDI GRAS New Orleans.

Lastly, the Senate unanimously passed two amendments to the constitution to improve the executive board election process. Amendment 6, authored by Off-Campus Senators Natasha Hansen and Thomas Schick extends the term of the Legislative Vice President to April 30, consist with other vice president positions. Amendment 7, authored by McCormick Hall Senator Murphy Quill, clarifies the process of choosing a vice president and allows for another seat on the selection committees.

Senate will meet again Thursday, Feb 13 at 7:30 pm in AMU 267.


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