For their post-Thanksgiving break meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 30, Drew’s Student Government offered Morristown Diner food to anyone who stopped by. The meeting was an opportunity for the council to wrap up some final items before their very last meeting of the semester on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
For the executive address, president Nate Roark (‘23) went over the results of Vice President Melina Christodoulou’s (‘24) survey that showed what hours responders favored for a “common hour,” which would be an hour with no classes on campus. “This will allow for every member of the Drew University community to meet with clubs, host academic events, go to office hours, visit the athletic trainers office to check an injury, take a nap, eat lunch, etc,” the survey explains.
The vast majority of voters (153 out of 168) were in support of a common hour, and preference aligned with hours being between 12-1 p.m. on Wednesdays. These results have been reported to Dean Ryan Hinrichs.
In anticipation of students leaving Drew for the upcoming winter break, there has been further progress made in the discussion of Drew-provided transport to the train station. President Roark and President Pro Tempore Jocelyn Freeman (’25) have met with both the student associations from both graduate school and the theology school to talk about affordable shuttling options.
Time was also dedicated to discussing the presidential elections, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. The elected president and their accompanying cabinet members will be sworn in on Sunday, Dec. 11. Voters will receive an “I Voted” sticker, designed by the winner of the sticker designing contest, Amelia Tirey (’25), for their voter participation.
Finally, the council proceeded to go over Senator and Committee Updates. Senator Chekwube Okunowo (’24) expressed gratitude for the many responses to RJC’s Heritage Month initiative and let everyone know that RJC is working with Drew’s library and bookstore to order suggested books. February will see books highlighted for Black History Month, but RJC is still open to suggestions for potential authors or works.
Rosie Sapperstein is a senior majoring in English literature and minoring in media and communications.