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Student Government Launches COVID Committee

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As we near the halfway point of the semester, Student Government is in full swing and creating initiatives to help support the student body. On Thursday, Feb 25 at 8 p.m., the Student Government met for their weekly Senate meeting to discuss their constituents’ needs and the progress they have made on their respective initiatives. 

In the Senator and Committee Updates portion of the meeting, Junior Senator Adriana Cordova shared that she was working on improving the food pantry on campus, as well as collaborating with Drew’s administration to plan events for seniors. Senator Cordova shared that she had planned a meeting with Maddy Randall, the Event Coordinator in the President’s office, and hopes to create a senior planning group to make graduation as great of a celebration as possible. On the initiative, Senator Cordova says, “I am hopeful that with feedback from the Seniors, we will be able to have several celebrations for the graduating Seniors towards the end of April and May. Although the uncertainty is difficult, we are looking forward to more communication regarding commencement in the upcoming weeks.”  She encourages anyone that would like to give their insight or feedback with regards to Senior programming, to email her at acordova@drew.edu. Junior Senator and President Pro Tempore Anna Smith shared that she was forming a COVID Concerns committee to specifically address student’s concerns relating to the changes at Drew due to the pandemic, and encouraged senators to join. 

In the Budget and Organization Board’s report, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Krystal Palmer shared that she was working on budget reviews for the clubs on campus. Currently, BOB is still accepting the budget reviews, and club leaders can check their emails for further information on this process. CFO Palmer also cleared up some confusion regarding purchase request forms, explaining that the form is still a google form, and not yet a form on the Path page. To make the form more accessible, Student Government will be posting it on their instagram, @DrewStuGov. 

Instagram has been an important tool for Student Government in reaching their constituency, which is why Senate Secretary Carly Orent has been taking the initiative to introduce all the members on Instagram. The Senate Secretary position is fairly new, Orent explains, saying “part of my job as Senate Secretary of Student Government is handling the social media accounts. Last semester, I started an initiative to introduce the members of the Senate and the Cabinet on the Instagram. I feel that it’s important for the student body to be able to match the names to the faces of their representatives.” You can see this information on their instagram page under the story highlights named “Senate” and “Cabinet.” 

Student Government’s next meeting will be Thurs., Feb 4 at 8 p.m. You can join on Zoom with the Meeting ID: 921 6968 8788.

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