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Student Senate News

The Undergraduate Student Senate met on Wednesday, November 17, 2004 in Ryan Lounge.

Club and Center Funding Requests ApprovedAt the recommendation of the Student Events and Organizations Committee, the Senate approved a total of $5,121.16 in funding requests.

The Chess Club received $3,617.92 to subsidize the costs of participating in national and regional chess tournaments in the spring.

The Queer Student Center received $1,003.40 for a transgender awareness forum on November 22, 12-2 p.m., at the Harbor Arts Gallery.

The Survivor’s Club received $499.84 for their annual Christmas Drive, which purchases and distributes toys for the families of low-income students.

President Announces C&B Chair Election, CPCS Dean Search Committee OpeningsSenate President Adnan Usman announced the election of Senate Vice President Fritz Hyppolite as Chair of the Ad-Hoc Constitution and Bylaws Committee. Senator Usman noted in his report, “[Senator Hyppolite’s] wealth of experience and talent in leadership was a key point in his unanimous election.” Usman also applauded Trustee Tuan Pham’s continued efforts to ensure that students’ voices are heard in the chancellor search committee, and announced that the Senate is looking to recommend four students to serve on the Dean of the College of Public and Community Service Search Committee.

Vice President Pursuing Endowment and Grant FundingHyppolite reported that he has been pursuing endowments and grants for community-based programming from various on- and off-campus organizations.

Student Trustee Opens Assistant Position, Reports on Board MeetingStudent Trustee Tuan Pham announced the opening of a Trustee Assistant/Secretary position next semester. At the last Board of Trustees meeting, Trustee Pham said he highlighted UMass Boston’s “most dire problem: our deteriorating physical infrastructure.”

B&F Committee Funds Watermark, Announces ProjectsBudget and Finance Committee Chair Tristan Lowe announced the Committee’s approval of $4,000 for the Watermark’s first-ever Fall Issue. Lowe also announced a number of Committee projects, including reviewing the financing policies, scholarship funding, building/repair funds and parking fees, as well as obtaining additional grants for the University, streamlining the budget, and increasing student utilization of the Campus Center.

CCA Committee Meets with Board and MassPIRGCampus and Community Affairs Chair Hatim Jean-Louis announced that Student Trustee Tuan Pham and other members of the Board of Trustees held several open forums to address the search for a new UMass Boston Chancellor. Senator Jean-Louis also reported that CCA had met with the new coordinator of MassPIRG to discuss National Homelessness Awareness Week and MassPIRG’s continued involvement on campus.

SEOC Announces New Policies, Events Calendar, Additional Meeting DateStudent Events and Organizations Committee Chair Matthew Landry announced that SEOC will now only accept funding from Center Coordinators and the presidents and treasurers of Recognized Student Organizations, who must be present at an SEOC meeting to discuss funding requests. Landry also reported that Student Life has completed a checklist that will help guide clubs and centers through the programming and funding request process, that SEOC will be creating an event calendar on their website, and is planning a programming/funding workshop to be held in the spring.