MILWAUKEE – May 3, 2012 – Senate started with an informative presentation by Barry Mainwood of BCycle, a next-generation bike sharing system. BCycle currently operates several kiosks on campuses in Madison, Denver, Boulder and Chicago, as well as various locations in these cities’ metro areas. Users of BCycles check out a bicycle and use it to travel to their destinations where other BCycle kiosks would be located. Mainwood discussed potential kiosk locations on Marquette’s campus including Valley Fields, the east and west ends of campus, and an area around the Alumni Memorial Union. BCycle is also in discussions with business owners and the City of Milwaukee to add twenty-eight stations to the area.
Following the presentation, President Van Boxtel spoke about her meeting this week with Executive Vice-President Neidhardt and Chuck Lamb, Financial Vice President of the University. They discussed improving communication between the university and the students. President Van Boxtel also met this week with the Committee for Student Experience about “furthering inclusivity on campus and continuing improvements for long-term enrollment plans.”
Programs Vice President Matt McGonegle reminded the room that After Dark Breakfast is this Monday, May 7 at 9 p.m. and that Senior Week tickets are currently on sale in the Brooks Lounge.
Senator Schultz of the Committee of Academic Policies and Issues commented on the topic of having a “Dead Week” on campus. Senator Schultz asked students to inform the university if they had exams or papers this week in order to further improve Marquette’s pre-finals week.
For new business, Executive Vice-President Neidhardt spoke on the new Student Organization Funding (SOF) allocations. If each group got “full funding,” they received 72 percent of their requested amount because the SOF committee went over their target allocation by 28 percent. After a brief debate period, the new SOF allocation passed 26-0-0.
With that, senators were wished “good luck” on finals and the last senate of the 2011-2012 school year was concluded.
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