The student government at Iowa State University has officially passed a bylaw containing a new position for the finance committee.
The position aims to facilitate a relationship between the finance committee and student organizations classified as culture or identity based. The regulation was recommended by the ad-HOC Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DCI).
The ad-HOC Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee created this position to serve as a liaison between the finance committee and the various organizations on campus that are identity / culture based. This will help create greater opportunities for these communities on issues related to funding.
While the executive cabinet and the Senate shared a debate on changing the wording of the rules, the motion was passed unanimously. The majority of senators saw the advantage of leaving the wording looser so that changes could easily be made later.
The Director of Financial Awareness and Disparity Reduction (FORDD) will be appointed by the CFO no later than the third week of the second session and then approved by the Director of Student Diversity.
Mason Zastrow, Senior Director of Political Science and Finance, spoke of the importance of not creating too much burden for the candidate.
“My vision for this role is someone who speaks specifically to multicultural organizations,” Zastrow said. “Probably, I would think most of the semester, they would contact us when they had something on their mind, but it’s a heavy burden to expect regular conversation.”
The meeting began with a presentation on the solar powered recycling compactors that have recently been installed on campus. The presentation was chaired by Jennifer Seth, graduate in environmental sciences. She discussed what had happened since the bill was passed last year.
Based on a survey, six new solar-powered compactors were installed at different locations on campus.
The project got started because the compactors can be located near the Jack Trice Stadium, the Parks Library, Beyer Hall and more. However, there were problems with the contamination of the compactors. When the products are not completely emptied, it has started to make the recycling process dirty.
The answer to this problem is a pilot project, with more informative signage so that students can better understand. Recycling will be tracked and monitored to see if the new signage is effective.
The Senate also voted to give the Crew Club $ 2,000 for the boats under the Special Projects Account in Recreational Services. This cut the cost in half as the Club is replacing two damaged ships.
The dissolution of the student advocates program was also passed. The Director of Personnel, Jacob Ludwig, explained that the program was a good idea, but that it just could not coincide with University policies to be effective.
“It’s something we’ve picked up from other universities,” Ludwig said. “There is a fine line in whether or not you end up giving legal advice, which puts both the program and the University at risk. After trying for a whole year, we thought it would make more sense to remove it. “