Student Senate welcomed new Election Committee members for fall 2015, last night.

Senators elected five members whose role will be to promote elections and voter turnouts, as well as to assure that the elections period runs smoothly.

Student Senate President Amanda Rode said, “We are redirecting the elections committee to mainly focus on the voter turnout. So just as a heads up, if you are not elected, that is just the focus we are taking.”

The Student Senate members elected senators Dacia Spruill, Ana Duque, Morgan Boutmy, Dan Bertel and James Cocozza to lead the 2015 Student Senate Elections committee.

Student Senate also recognized and funded the URI Fitness Club, which aims to help others live a happier, healthier and fuller life. The club was granted $100 by the Student Senate to help fund the nine mats they need for yoga.


In other News:

University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley,will be speaking at next week’s Senate meeting on April 29. President Dooley will be speaking about the Performance Funding Act of 2016. This bill will require URI and other Rhode Island colleges and universities to meet a performance-based funding target in order to qualify for state money beyond the amount the colleges received for fiscal year of 2016.

Student Senate President Rode also announced the URI Lobster Bake on Monday, April 27. Rode said, “It starts at 11[a.m.]and will end when the food runs out.” The lobster bake will also provide the option of chicken, and there will also be free ice cream and Del’s lemonade.

In celebration of Earth Day, Senator Marsha Garcia reported that URI does recycle. Garcia said, “there have been custodians who do not dispose of it properly, but the residence halls are in charge of providing recycle bins.” A higher percentage of the school’s trash is recycled, the main problem is in the residence halls.