Changes to athletic center dress codes, dining service updates and summer employment issues are brought up at the student government meeting, with announcements from Chancellor Randy Pembrook and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffery Waple.
Pembrook suggested student fees be allocated for diversity efforts on campus. In the past, student fees have gone towards improvement in the MUC, the Student Success Center and textbooks. No decisions have been made on the use of student fees being used to increase diversity efforts across the campus, as it was a point that Chancellor Pembrook brought up to the senators for further discussion.
Waple said the Student Government and the rest of the student body need to rally behind changing the summer employment requirements and talk to HR.
The dress code that the Athletic Center had has been removed thanks to efforts from sophomore Hailee O’Dell, an elementary education and psychology major from Glen Carbon and student body president, and sophomore vice president Izzy Pruitt, a public health major from Chatham, Illinois.
SIUE is now at an 80 percent vaccination rate. There are only 322 students who were non-compliant with the testing rules, but according to Waple, those numbers change every day. There are 25 staff who are continuously missing tests and a few who may face suspension.
Morgan Jackson a junior computer science major from Edwardsville, spoke at the open forum. He said he was the student who started a petition to reopen Auntie Anne’s on campus. Waple said the dining budget is currently low as they are having to replace freezers that are from the 1960s and student employment has dropped from 500 student workers to 180. Waple said the school is working to reopen dining establishments.
The next senate meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Oct. 25 in the Goshen Lounge. To find minutes from past meetings go to the SIUE Student Government website.