Senate wraps fall semester

Student Senate wrapped up its business year with its Dec. 1 meeting.

During the meeting, the three remaining seats were filled.

Freshman Austin Mayfield, sophomore Justin Cartwright and junior Jason Hare were present to fill the positions.

The meeting was the last business meeting of the semester.

Senators discussed several topics, but one topic created more conversation than others.

The Bulgarian Flag Committee, which was formed at the beginning of the semester, was concerned with having the Bulgarian, Chinese and Chilean flags stolen. The flags were in front of Webster Hall, but someone cut the cables holding the flags and stole them.

“In all likelihood, if they are caught, they will have to pay for them,” said Eric Ducommun, Senate president.

Senators discussed paying for new flags, but chose to talk with Dr. Chad Stebbins, director of the Institute of International Studies.

Members of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference group received $1,000 to go to Tan-Tar-A at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The CMENC will take 29 members to the conference. The conference will provide students with networking skills as well as help them in their music teaching techniques.

“It’s not just spring break,” said Jennica Sorensen, senior music major.

The Finance-Investment Club returned to Senate to receive $1,000 after it was denied funding earlier because of a lack of information in the request.

The allocation raised questions about the budget and why both clubs received $1,000 each during the meeting.

“Each club has been voted on by Senate,” said Kelli Friga, Senate treasurer.

Friga said every club that received funding by the Senate had gone through the proper procedure and Senate had the final say in the allocations.

The final budget for the Senate’s meeting was $4,872.

The Kinesiolgy Club also sent Senate a thank-you letter for the allocation it received.

Amber Hemphill, senate secretary, also told senators the bridges in front of Webster will be painted green to match Missouri Southern’s colors.

For the last unofficial business meeting of the semester, senators went caroling at area nursing homes on Dec. 8.

Afterward, the senators went to Pizza By Stout to finish out the evening.

Senate will resume the first week of the spring semester.