The Associated Students of Willamette University (ASWU) Senate met on Thursday Feb. 21, 2019 for its weekly meeting. The meeting’s guest speaker was Kelvin Clark, Willamette Director of Academic Support, who arrived at Willamette a few months ago. As Clark explained, his job entails overseeing academic support staff and helping students develop essential skills in creating networks and study habits. With very few reports from ASWU Exec, the meeting was adjourned relatively quickly to leave time for the Town Hall meeting that occurred shortly afterwards.
ASWU also met on Feb. 28 for a much longer meeting, which featured Bon Appétit fellow Shannon Tivona, who gave a presentation on Bon Appétit’s sustainability efforts on Willamette’s campus. According to Tivona, Bon Appétit spends 20 percent of its budget on local foods (foods sourced from independently owned farms within 150 miles of the campus), and is now proud to say that all eggs served in dining halls are cage-free. Tivona also took suggestions from ASWU members on how Bon Appétit can improve its sustainability and food service.
Two clubs, STAGE theater club and Young Ones dance group, were both unanimously approved to become ASWU clubs. Senators then voted on an ASWU statement supporting the Students for Transparency and Equity, Accountability through Mobilization (STEAM) Collective, but fell short by three votes. The statement was consequently not endorsed by ASWU as a whole.
The next ASWU meeting will take place this Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Ford 102.