Top take

  • The new SA Senate held its speaker selections. Rising senior Jake Braniecki was elected.

Other bits

  • The outgoing Senate endorsed the results of last week’s SA spring election.
  • The 2017-2018 Senate took its place around the table. The senators elected were rising seniors Sidhant Ahluwalia, Alhassan Omar, and former Speaker of the Senate Lindsay Wrobel, rising juniors Nick Foti, Beatriz Gil, Zoë James, and Gabriella Lipschitz, and rising sophomores Kamel Awayda, Jamal Holtz, Leif Johansen, Ronny Llerena, Dan Pak, Tayfun Sahin, and Jake Wheeler.
  • The 2016-2017 Senate left its place around the table. The senators who will not be on Senate next year are graduating senior Dan Matthews, current juniors Cindy Molina, Joshua Pachter, Andria Rabenold, and Joseph Stephens, and current sophomores Jin Kim and Andres Ollarvez.
  • Elections chair Nicholas Pierce said he believed the election saw the highest turnout ever. James asked about violations and Pierce said he would rather not discuss them in a public forum.
  • The Women in Science and Engineering Report was endorsed. Former Senator Mira Bodek spoke on the report, which received input from students and faculty and provides for many recommendations. Awayda asked how UR will be held to recommendations Rabenold said that it’s all things that have to be considered in future. Noted that if the executive branch doesn’t follow through it could be an impeachable event. Work on the report began in October. Bodek said that if every Senate chose an issue that they’re passionate about and worked on it for a year, it would have more “WISE reports.”
  • Minutes approved for the following SA meetings:
    • Feb. 20
    • Feb. 27
    • March 20
    • April 10
    • April 17
  • SA approved Spring 2017 election results
  • Awayda asked about violations
  • Pierce said that he could discuss penalties and number of points awarded, but not name candidates

Next meeting:

Monday, May 1 in the Gowen Room

Dogs in Goergen bring paw-sitive vibes to campus

Popular belief and some research suggests interacting with pets can be therapeutic. Playing with animals, especially therapy animals trained to be calm and stoic, releases endorphins for an individual, which reduces overall stress levels in the body.

Hell freezes over, campus stays open

Within the first day of Feldman’s presidency, temperatures plummeted over 30 degrees, freezing Rochester even deeper than the tunnels beneath the buildings.

Faculty senate censures Jaeger

It went on to pledge that the Faculty Senate would take a leadership role in implementing the recommendations of the UR-commissioned investigative report, released in January, examining the school’s handling of complaints against Jaeger.