Student Senate passes meal plan restitution bill
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 15:10
Student Senate passed The Restitution Owed After Compromising the Health and Expectations of Students (ROACHES) bill unanimously at their Wednesday meeting. The ROACHES bill asks Chartwells to credit four meal plans for all students with Fall 2013 plans because of the failed health inspections and the subsequent closure of dining facilities on Oct. 3rd.
The Continued Opposition to Mandatory Meal Plans Bill, which expresses the Student Senate’s disapproval for mandatory meal plans, was also unanimously passed.
Matt Keller, SGA vice president of student services, is in charge of presenting the dining bills to Chartwells. Keller said that although SGA will advocate for the removal of the mandatory plans, it is unlikely Chartwells will agree.
“A lot of colleges have mandatory meal plans, and I think [Chartwell’s] is going to follow that tradition,” Keller said. “They are probably going to give us more options in terms of what we can do, but it is still going to be, if you live on campus, mandatory meal plans.”
A resolution requesting the Commons Lobby piano be formally dedicated to Caleb Tate, a student who died on Oct. 15, passed unanimously.
The Traditional Campus Architecture Bill, which advocates for future construction on campus to be built in the neoclassical architectural style to resemble the Administration and Sbisa buildings, passed with 26 in favor and 16 against.
Chris Woolsey, bill author and junior political science major, said modern buildings on campus clashed with the traditional architecture of the Academic and Adminsitration buildings.
Woolsey said that other SEC schools, such as Arkansas and Alabama, also have a strong neoclassical architectural tradition.
“What I call communist architecture, that is our Blocker building,” Woolsey said. “We have buildings like this that spawned during the Cold War and remind me of the Cold War.”
Senators against the bill highlighted that no student polls on campus architecture had taken place this year.
Luis Flores, senior applied mathematical sciences major, said that modern buildings were not necessarily a break from tradition on campus.
“Our point is not to stay put but to remember our past,” Flores said. “With that in mind, I would like to see the buildings progress to reflect the current era.”
Ryan Jones, junior biology major, said students appreciate some of the modern architecture on campus.
“I feel like a lot people think that the buildings we have now, the new ones like the ETB or the Ag and Life Sciences Building, they are actually really cool and remain popular among people,” Jones said.
The Fellow Access to Rattlers bill, which advocates for Northside Rattler’s locations to be open later, was sent to committee and will be voted on in subsequent meetings.
The Student Support for Texas A&M University at Nazareth—Peace Campus Bill was presented and sent to committee.
Sarah Mercer, senior international studies major, introduced the bill. Mercer, who is not a student senator but came up with the idea for the bill, said this would vocalize A&M student’s support for the proposed branch in Israel.
Student Senators expressed concern about the bill representing a political stance.
The Financial Aid for Education Reform Act, which requests that all need-based financial aid recipients be subject to academic qualifications, was introduced and sent to committee.
Cary Cheshire, bill author and senior political science major, said there was a need for this bill because a high number of Pell grant recipients drop out of college.
“The bill is going to advocate for changes in A&M policy, state policy, and federal policy to better ensure efficiency in need-based aid,” Cheshire said.