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The Graduate Student Senate discusses elections at Walter Hall on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (FILE)

Graduate Student Senate: Funding for fine arts event, agreement to include counseling information on syllabi passes

Graduate Student Senate passed a number of resolutions Tuesday, including funding for an event held by the College of Fine Arts.

The request of $350 was passed by GSS, and it will be holding the event Nov. 8th.

The previous year, GSS funded the creation of new art studios which had positive impacts, including an increased number of students declaring fine arts majors. 

“We do have the funds to be able to fund this,” Micheal Senteney, GSS treasurer, said.

Currently, the GSS budget is at $15,446.58. 

A resolution was also proposed to have a deadline for the creation of a budget committee and governance committee set. While at first there was confusion about if those committees were already in place and open to every member, the resolution passed.

“Previous years have already had governance and budget (committees) functional at this point,” Ali Aldhumani, senator for the College of Arts and Sciences, said. “So, I agree that it might seem like overstepping for us to start committees, but the problem is it just seems like it’s taking forever to get off the ground.”

Furthermore, GSS passed a resolution to endorse the Registrar’s office by adding the information that students could change their names and pronouns on Blackboard during GSS orientation. 

President Dareen Tadros said she hopes this change will facilitate communication between faculty and students. 

Finally, a resolution passed to take an official stance on advocating to include survivor advocacy and counseling resources on all syllabi. 

“This approach would increase awareness and would affirm Ohio University position that sexual misconduct is not tolerated,” according to the resolution.


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