The ASG executive board and Senate convened Wednesday night with an eye toward next week, when the conversation on restructuring will continue and spring student group funding will happen.
- Speaker of the Senate Wilson Funkhouser said that the Senate task force drafting ASG restructuring legislation has made significant progress since being assigned at last week’s senate meeting.
“We think we have a really good idea, and right now we’re ironing out some of the details,” said Funkhouser, who heads the seven-person task force as a non-voting member except in case of a tie. “We just want to make sure that the changes we make are acceptable as we incorporate different ideas.”
Senate restructuring has been in discussion since mid-winter quarter when former president Claire Lew headed a committee that drafted a proposal cutting the number of ASG senators by more than half and drew significant debate as well as two opposing proposals.
The task force’s legislation will be presented to senate as new business next week.
- A bill that would grant $200 from the Senate project pool to SPECTRUM Theatre Company failed to pass.
The student theatre group sought to use the funds to purchase T-shirts that they planned to sell to raise money for Northwestern’s LGBT Resource Center and other local charities. Several senators voiced concern over the Resource Center being associated with the T-shirts, which display some language that might be perceived as profane. When Natalie Furlett, associate director of Norris’ Center for Student Involvement, advised against using the funds toward the Resource Center, the bill died quickly.
The project pool, which is available for student projects that arise between official funding sessions, has $1,300 remaining for the school year.
- Community Relations Vice President Ethan Merel — whose position, formerly titled external relations vice president, received a nominal change in s– said that the off-campus housing survey had garnered nearly 100 hits by 6 p.m. Wednesday, a fairly strong start for the initiative that only began being widely publicized last night.
The survey results will be compiled to provide a CTEC-like evaluation system for off-campus housing locations in Evanston and Chicago.