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Senate Beat: Over 150 families already signed up for Siblings Weekend

Senate communications committee representative Alexis Miller addresses the Senate at Wednesday's meeting. (Northern Review photo/ Grant Pepper)

This year, the Northern Review will begin the “Senate Beat,” where our staff will cover Student Senate meetings and activities. In doing so, the Northern Review aims to keep the campus community informed on the efforts of its campus government like never before.

Student Senate held their first meeting of the school year on Wednesday at the McIntosh Center.

While each member answered the question, “What is the one thing you are looking forward to this semester?” -- with answers ranging from “passing o-chem” to “turning 21” -- each representative also listed their initial goals for the coming year as it related to senate activities.

Both the Arts & Sciences and Engineering colleges have new deans this year, Dr. Holly Baumgartner and Dr. John-David Yoder, respectively. Representatives from both colleges said that they hoped to gain solid, open relationships with the new deans through their student advisory boards.

Senate forum committee representative Derek Price said that “all of the major events” have been taken care of for Family and Siblings Weekend, which will run from Sept. 15-17.

The event, which has been coordinated by the Senate and co-sponsored by the Student Planning Committee, Greek Life and Northern Christian Fellowship, will take the place of the formerly know “Family Weekend.” It will feature events running from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, including improv comedy, a magician and more.

Over 150 families have already signed up for the weekend festivities, Senate president Drew Goehmann said Wednesday.

While registration for the weekend is free, Senate is selling Sibs Weekend t-shirts for $10.

Goehmann also noted that Senate received a surplus of incoming freshmen who visited the organization’s table at Welcome Fest on Sunday, and many of whom said that they were involved in student government in high school.

“We had to keep running back to the offices at King Horn to make copies [of sign up sheets],” Goehmann remarked.

Upcoming events:

  • Mud volleyball: Saturday at mud volleyball courts, starting at 10 a.m.
  • Sibs weekend: Sept. 15-17