Dean Carol Bate began the Dean’s Corner by congratulating recipients of the Camellia Leadership Awards. She and Dean Sheilah Shaw Horton continued by following up on miscellaneous requests that students have made during the Dean’s Corner over the past few weeks. Announcements included:
- Off-campus seniors who still have items in storage should have received an email on how to obtain their belongings and can email the Office of Residential Life with any questions. Seniors’ items will be shipped in June.
- Dean Bate will work on publicizing the locations of all automatic emergency defibrillators on campus.
- Pendleton East is now open until 10:00 p.m. Students previously asked if hours could be extended from 8:00, but building management said it should have always been open until 10:00.
Dean Horton finished by congratulating College Government on their accomplishments this year, including running a special election, clarifying COVID-19 regulations, campaigning to support the dining hall workers, giving feedback about campus police and initiating discussions on divestment.
SPEC’s (Senate Policy and Ethics Committee) constitutional amendments and the election for next year’s SPEC Chair were voted on during the Senate meeting as the final official act of business. The constitutional amendments would, among other things, change the attendance policy and move spam policy to the communications committee. Additionally, senators voted on next year’s SPEC Chair, for which the only candidate was Maureena Murphy ’24, currently a senator for Lake House. Results for these votes will be announced in the final Senate minutes email.
End of year roundup
As a part of the final Senate meeting, each member of the Cabinet recapitulated their individual committee’s achievements from the 2020-2021 academic year. Highlights included the Fluffy Friends event hosted by College Government, the Recreation Grant Fund created by SOFC (Student Organization Funding Committee) and plenty of events put on by SBOG (Schneider Board of Governors), which often collaborated with other orgs on campus. Chief Justice Hope D’Erasmo ’21 gave a rundown of the cases that Honor Code Council handled this year, reporting that there were far fewer than in an average year. Teran Chapis ’22, Chair of Political Engagement, summarized the work of CPE (Committee for Political Engagement, formerly CPLA) this year and revealed they helped over 170 people register to vote. After the Cabinet turnover ceremony, President Paula Johnson gave closing remarks and thanked the 2020-2021 Cabinet for their hard work in an especially difficult year.