The Honorable Judge Executive Vice President James Alrassi and His Majesty the King of America President Garry Lachhar. Photo by Trevor Christian.
By Trevor Christian
Sacha Kopp, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said at a Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting that he is actively seeking suggestions as to how to improve his college at Stony Brook University.
Kopp asked USG senators advice on how to promote discussion groups in which an outside moderator will gather student complaints about how the college is run. The senate offered suggestions ranging from contacting Residence Hall Associations to posting on the increasingly popular anonymous posting application Yik Yak. Kopp said he hopes to get feedback from around 200 to 300 students.
“It only works well if people take advantage of the opportunity,” Kopp said of the discussion groups. “If no one shows up, I’ll think everything’s fine and that’s probably not true.”
Senators dressed in Halloween costumes offered decidedly serious suggestions. Former USG President Adil Hussain addressed the issue of teaching assistants who lack English language skills while Senator Nathan Blazon-Brown suggested more sections of lab classes.
A town hall meeting on the topic will take place at 1006 Humanities on Nov. 4. Food will be served. Blazon-Brown said he believes students will attend these College of Arts and Sciences discussions.
“I think it’s a really good sign from Dean Kopp to be looking for student feedback,” Blazon-Brown said. “We’ve all dealt with little issues.”
Other notes from Thursday’s meeting:
– Resignation Approval Process Resolution from Senator Joseph DiVirgilio was passed. The resolution states that any resignations should occur at least two weeks before Oct. 31, though it is not binding as it is only a resolution.
– The Stony Brook Student Nurses’ Association was acknowledged, allowing them to apply for funding at a later date. The Stony Brook Paintball Club and SBU Gamers’ Guild were as well.
-Treasurer Kathryn Michaud asked the senate to add $90,000 to the grant pool from unappropriated funds so that clubs could continue to apply for grants to hold special events.
“The Student Activity Fee is meant for clubs to be able to put on their events,” Michaud said, stressing the importance of passing the act. She added that even with an unexpectedly large addition to the grant pool, it would remain smaller than last year. The senate passed the act unanimously.
-The USG website will be frozen for an unknown period of time while VP of Communications Danny Chung updates the website. Documents will be available through Google Drive.