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Senate Beat: New housing reps, hurricane fund and more

13 new housing representatives were sworn into the Student Senate at its General Assembly meeting on Wednesday. (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.

In the Student Senate’s third general assembly meeting of the year last Wednesday, all of the chairs surrounding the podium were finally full.

13 new housing representatives were sworn in, although 3 more are still needed. They were chosen to be the communicative liaisons between university administration and the residents of their respective campus dorms or apartments. When the residents have a problem, they can go to their Senate housing representative, who can then inform administration of the issue.

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These new housing representatives, who filled the once-empty chairs on Wednesday, were given both praise and responsibility by Senate president Drew Goehmann.

“We have a lot of input on what gets changed at this school,” Goehmann told the new representatives at Wednesday’s meeting. “I am very excited to get to know you all and I have very high expectations, so I’m looking forward to it.”

There are still vacancies for the housing representative positions at Lima Hall (which already has one but needs another), Park Hall (which needs one more, like Lima Hall), and the area that encompasses Klondike’s Den, Polar Place and Northern Commons (only one representative is needed for those three buildings), according to judicial affairs representative Christina Fagnano.


Other notes from Wednesday’s meeting:

New way to donate to hurricane victims

Those interested in providing monetary donations to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas now have another avenue to do so.

Presidents from local universities have organized a GoFundMe page through the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio, where students can donate to help students in Texas who are in need.

From last week: How ONU students can donate to Hurricane Harvey relief fund

The money will go to the AICUO’s counterpart organization in Texas, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, which will then distribute the donations to schools and students.

The account went live on Aug. 31 and has raised over $3,800 so far. It will remain open until the association’s goal of $5,000 is met.

Senate advisor Dr. Adriane Thompson Bradshaw encouraged Senate to spread the word about the new way for students to donate, and said that students should try to give an amount of something that they consider crucial to their lives, in or out of the classroom.


Over 600 families now signed up for Sibs Weekend

609 families have now signed up for the Senate’s first-ever Siblings and Family Weekend as of Wednesday, according to vice president Mary Komandt.

“That’s awesome, but also intimidating a little bit,” Komandt said, urging that all Senate members help during the weekend.

MORE: Over 150 families already signed up for Siblings Weekend

Sibs Weekend, which is the first of its kind at ONU, will begin on Friday and end on Sunday. It will feature Senate-sponsored family activities such as improv comedy, food trucks, a magician and more.

“I think that bringing siblings on is good for the university because it shows them the campus,” Sibila said recently on Sportsbeat 94.9’s The Pep Talk. “Like, I know I didn’t start going on college visits until I was a junior in high school, so I think the earlier the better. It’s good to get kids exposed to ONU and the different things we have to offer.”

Registration for the weekend is free, and those interested can click here.

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