Mar 102004
 
Authors: Ben Bleckley

Deceased faculty will now be honored similarly to how students

are remembered, according to legislation passed by the Associated

Students of CSU Senate Wednesday night.

One bill was passed that will lower all university flags on

campus to half-mast for three days when a current member of the

faculty or staff dies.

The university already has a policy that lowers university flags

for students who die while attending CSU. The flag is then sent to

the student’s family.

In the case of the faculty, a letter will be sent instead of the

flag.

The bill passed unanimously.

ASCSU also passed a bill that asks faculty members to turn in

book orders by the University Bookstore’s deadline.

When textbook orders are received on time, the bookstore can pay

more money to students who sell used textbooks that will be used

the next semester. These used books are then sold at a cheaper

price to students taking an instructor’s class the following

semester.

If the textbook orders are not received, the bookstore cannot

buy used books at the same price as when it knows the books will be

used the next semester.

The bill passed with a vote of 24 to 0 with one abstention.

A resolution was also passed that supports the use of a variety

of classroom teaching aids.

The legislation states that the use of only one method of

teaching might hinder the learning process for some students who

find other teaching aids more effective.

“There were some concerns (at the last meeting) that we were

attacking the methods some professors use,” said Kyle McCarthy, an

associate senator for the College of Liberal Arts.

McCarthy stressed that the resolution was written to encourage

more teaching methods in addition to those faculty members

currently utilize.

“The purpose of this legislation is to (encourage professors to)

actively engage with their students,” said Jon Muller, an associate

senator for the College of Liberal Arts.

Originally, the resolution specifically pointed to PowerPoint

presentations as an effective but overused tool. This example was

eventually removed.

“(Faculty) could see PowerPoint as being singled out, which

would discourage them from integrating it in the future,” said Rob

Lee, a senator for the College of Liberal Arts.

There was some debate concerning whether the bill was necessary

or appropriate.

“If we’re asking them to change the way that they’re teaching,

the teachers who will pay attention to this legislation will be the

ones who are already trying to interact with students,” said Britta

Schroeder, a senator for the College of Natural Resources. “The

students should address their teachers. It’s so variable; it’s hard

to address this.”

Despite this, the bill was passed without referring to

PowerPoint with a vote of 13 to one with nine abstentions.

* The senate also changed this year’s current election

rules.

A clause that Huitt said was deleted due to a clerical error

last year was added to this year’s rules. The clause requires that

any discount on a product that is given to a candidate must be

reported at its full price.

* Also, a resolution was introduced that discourages a “hostile

learning environment.” Lee said this pertains to religious and

political beliefs. The resolution was committed to the

Empowerment

Committee.

* Legislation that would voice support for a student-produced

magazine was also introduced. The

resolution was committed to the Media Relations Committee.

* A bill was also introduced that would create job descriptions

for all positions in ASCSU. The bill was

committed to the Empowerment Committee.

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