SA Senate discusses campus facilities, bond revenue, new senator at meeting Sunday

By Felix Sarver

The Student Association Senate discussed campus bond revenue, transferred funds and inducted a new senator Sunday at its shortest meeting of the semester to date.

During his report, Senate Speaker Austin Quick claimed students are not getting their dollar’s worth with campus facilities. Students pay $35 per credit hour to use various campus facilities which are not up to date and charging more than necessary for equipment use.

Quick said he met with SA President Elliot Echols and SA Advisor John Jones III to inspect the Campus Recreation Center. Quick said they found a lot of the equipment too old, some dating back to 1995.

The old equipment has to pose a liability issue, Quick said. The money is there to improve the equipment but is not being used, Quick said.

“At a school like this … where we are definitely promoting physical wellness, it’s important that we have equipment up to date,” Quick said.

All campus facilities report to Finance and Facilities, except for the one most underfunded: the Recreation center, Quick said.

The Senate passed a bill to transfer $47,000 from the SA’s general reserve. The money is to make sure the operating costs of the SA is fully budgeted for the rest of the semester, as they incurred costs such as a trip to Springfield to protest MAP grant cuts, Quick said.

The Senate approved the name change of the NIU Libertarians Club to the NIU Students For Liberty. George Madu was inducted as a new senator, replacing Mike Tennenhouse. Thirty-seven out of 40 senators attended.

Creating a student grievance policy is another issue Quick brought before the Senate.

“We continue to get reports all the time of students who are being mistreated,” Quick said.

Quick said this was something he wanted accomplished by the end of the year.

The final Senate meeting of the semester is Dec. 4.