Congress plans for next
Eric Chambers, STAFF
Even in the midst of the stress surrounding the last
few weeks of the semester, Student Government, comprised of both the Student
Executive Board and the Student Congress, is already working on a number
of initiatives to be presented next semester.
These initiatives include the installation of change
machines in on-campus laundry rooms, the establishment of a method to
efficiently deliver student notifications of parking violations, the creation
of an all-student photo directory (due out by the end of January), the
institution of a pilot program allowing students to receive free issues
of the New York Times, and the initiation of a "Professor of the Year"
award chosen by students.
In addition, the Government is working to expand the
hours of the Sills Language Media Center, to increase the amount of non-credit
courses available, and to create more twenty-four-hour study spaces and
computer labs on campus.
Long-term issues include sponsoring events and encouraging
active student participation in social, political, and civic issues; strengthening
relations between the College and the town of Brunswick; and working closely
with the student aid office to help address student issues and problems
that may arise.
Jeffrey Favolise '01, chair of the Student Executive
Board, said he is excited about the more active role the Student Government
is taking this year with student issues.
"We're focusing on tangible things, on places where
students wish to see improvements. In doing this, we are both strengthening
ourselves and the entire community."
In addition to these initiatives, Student Government
has already made several changes this semester. "This has been a fantastic
year for the student government," Favolise said. "I couldn't be more pleased
with all the things that are going on."
Some of the major successful changes have included the
promotion and financing of non-credit courses such as bartending and public
speaking, the expansion of the hours of the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library,
and the notification to the Bowdoin community of changes in parking policies
The Student Government has also initiated the Student
Matters Committee, with the hope of encouraging students and faculty to
voice their opinions about campus issues.
The committee is central to a process that allows student
grievances and suggestions to be heard and discussed by the Student Congress
in a thorough and efficient manner.
Government has been working to change the hours of the Watson Fitness
Center. (File Photo/Bowdoin Orient)