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Senate addresses campus parking, George W. Bush Library groundbreaking

Senate addresses campus parking, George W. Bush Library groundbreaking
John Schreiber

Student Body President Alex Mace speaks to the Senate Tuesday night. (Andrew Arndt / The Daily Campus)

Club and organization financing, religious observance and movements to improve student parking were just some of the many topics that were brought to the table at the SMU Student Senate meeting Tuesday.

The meeting lasted about two hours, during which members presented their topics of concern or reformation.

Members gathered in the Hughes-Trigg Forum dressed in business casual attire, prepared to tackle their agenda. After declaring a moment of silence, Student Senate introduced the Vice President of Women’s Interest Network Bekah Boyer.

WIN plans to hold a drive for “new and gently used sports bras,” Boyer said. These sports bras are intended to make women who are victims of rape slightly more comfortable, since they are required to seize their clothes as evidence when filing a report.

Boyer continued to address another WIN event, Sex in the Dark. This event will allow students to inquire about sex anonymously by simply dropping a question into a box.

“Students can submit questions anonymously and confidentiality is promised,” Boyer said.

Senate members filled the room with applause, and the board swiftly proceeded down the agenda, where Zane Cavender took the podium.

Cavender addressed a question that is a regular complaint on campus-student parking.

He proposed his legislation to work with Park-n-Pony to free up more student parking in the North Quad of campus. Senate members hesitantly questioned Cavender’s motion.

“Just because it hasn’t happened before doesn’t mean it won’t happen now,” Cavender said.

With the George W. Bush Presidential Center opening to the public May 1, all efforts are in play to execute the opening as smoothly as possible.

A program that would allow 100 SMU students to produce hand-written letters for the Bush family, welcoming their library to campus, was presented by Student Body President Alex Mace at the meeting.

“I’ve been talking a lot about how we can get students involved in the opening,” Mace said, “and with the 100 letters campaign, 100 student voices will basically say welcome to the Bush family.”

At the end of the meeting, Ramon Trespalacios presented a legislation to implement campus-wide reflection time on Sundays.

Through this, organizations will be required to hold all Sunday meetings after 3 P.M., allowing students to participate in all
religious observances.

“I have overheard a lot of students complaining that meetings, such as Panhellenic, interfere with their religious observances,” Trespalacios said.

The meeting covered a variety of important topics vital in bettering the SMU community. 

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