Dorm Challenge Faculty List Released
The agenda included 21 faculty that will be participating in the Housing Challenge, including President William Destler, Vice President for Student Affairs Mary-Beth Cooper, Director for the Center of Campus Life Mike D’ Arcangelo, and Director of Maintenance Services Randy Vercauteren.
ACA Fashion Show Tickets on Sale
AALANA Collegiate Association (ACA) representative Toronto Alsbrook reported that the ACA Fashion Show Tickets will be on sale in the Student Alumni Union lobby from noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Dr. Haefner Talks to Senate
Provost and Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Jeremy Haefner spoke before the Senate about the voting results from the Staff Council and Academic Senate regarding the 2010-11 academic calendar. The two governing bodies disagreed with Student Government. Haefner stated that he was more comfortable with semesters than the quarter system, but knows that most of the student body desires the quarter system. Haefner also wanted to make himself more available to SG.
The Senate also brought the issue of all faculty using myCourses to the Provost. Students want to see their progress in a course, but some professors aren’t delivering that feedback to the students. Financial Manager Merry Schading advocated for the faculty by describing the difficulty of myCourses for a professor and how it takes them a long time to post grades, given the size of their classes. According to Schading, the process is long and troublesome.
When asked about participating in the Orange Hair Challenge, Haefner joked about sending a picture of the president’s dyed hair and telling his wife, “See what happens when you’re not around?” Student Athlete representative Jose Guzman then suggested that Haefner should join the challenge and dye his hair during the half time of the Women’s game and Destler at the half time of the Men’s. According to Chris Hysek, Marketing Assistant for the Center for Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreation, Haefner has accepted the challenge.
Dr. Barry Culhane came to talk about the innovation festival coming up in early May. There will be six welcoming tables this year, rather than last year’s one huge tent. Spring Fest will be the following weekend, rather than the same weekend. The hours of Imagine RIT will be extended one hour, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Destler’s green vehicle challenge will be at 9 a.m. The challenge will consist of energy-efficient cars racing on a three-mile course, from S Lot to the Red Barn and back. The idea was inspired by Destler’s electric bicycle.
Freshmen Senator Elected
25 interested freshmen delivered speeches before the Senate (plus one e-mail to the Senate). Most of the freshmen goals included fixing Gracie’s food selection and quality, all freshmen being able to receive all debit meal options, increasing freshmen involvement, and school spirit through various incentives. After an open vote, Teraisa Chloros a first year Medical Informatics major, was chosen to represent freshmen in the Senate. Chloros seeks to reclaim lounge space in the dorms and to make Gracie’s selections more vegetarian friendly.