My name is Tori Sepand and I’m your Student Activities Chair. I send out your weekly “Weekend’s Here…” and “SAS Snack” emails with all of the pertinent information you need to know about what’s going on at Scripps and around the 5Cs.
As you all know, we recently moved to the Ventfull platform where you post all of your own events, see the programming you care about, and “upvote” the events you think are cool. I recently got some stats that show how great Ventfull is working at the 5Cs. There are 728 users, half of those are Scripps students (way to go, Scripps!), 202 events have been posted since school started, and the most popular event is SAS Snack with 77 upvotes. I strongly encourage to continue using the site and adding your events! Ventfull allows you to have ownership over how and when you share events with your peers. Play around with it and let me know your feedback or if I can answer any question for you.
Switching gears a bit, I wanted to mention our next BeHeard forum since I think it’s an important topic. On October 28th, the BeHeard forum will cover marginalization on campus. Marginalization and oppression occurs in varying forms on this campus and we want to hear how it might be affecting some students. As our community has discussed having an inclusive transgender policy this past month, students continued to mention that we needed to be looking at the topic from an intersectional lens. I think it’s important that we center many marginalized experiences so that SAS and the Scripps staff can better serve our student body. Join the discussion even if you don’t think you have anything to share because you might just learn something.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and please reach out if you ever have any questions about event planning, advertising, or SAS in general.
Student Representative Added to FEC Sub-committee
Anna Cechony, SAS’ faculty and staff relations chair, recognized the fact that there was a problem with communication between students and faculty members. This became most obvious to Anna last spring when issues regarding professors, class offerings, and designed major options were directed towards members of Senior Staff. Through SAS Orientation this past August, Anna became aware of the fact that all of these problems could and should be better addressed by the faculty, rather than Senior Staff.
The faculty at Scripps College are self-governed by an elected group of nine faculty members, including the Dean of Faculty known as the Faculty Executive Committee. This committee has a range of functions, including disgruntled faculty members, course offerings; self designed majors, and set the agendas for the faculty meetings. Anna became aware of the fact that FEC did not have a student representative, unlike many different committees of the college.
After a meeting with the chair of FEC, David Andrews, and another member of FEC, Kimberly Drake, Anna proposed new bylaws to FEC to include student representation on a subcommittee. The Academic Policy Sub-committee is composed of two members of the FEC with one designated as the chair and the registrar. The APS reviews changes to the curriculum and academic policy. These include new course proposals and changes to existing courses (e.g. descriptions, titles, pre-reqs), modifications to major requirements, and all other amendment to the Academic Catalog.
FEC recently approved Anna’s update to their bylaws to include a student representative on the APS. This position will now be part of the Faculty-Staff Relations Chair’s position, and SAS will soon be updating our bylaws to reflect this change.
We are excited that we were able to work with FEC to make them a more accessible, and increase student input in faculty matters. In addition, SAS is working to make FEC a more transparent governing body on campus by providing a description of FEC in the Student Union, along with a list of the 9 current FEC members.
If you have any questions or concerns about what APS will be addressing please reach out to our Faculty-Staff Relations Chair, Anna Cechony.
In the September 18, 2014 edition of the Scripps Voice, the following was inaccurate: Overcrowding Solutions and the New Dorm: Due to growing first-year crowds and last year’s complaints, President Bettison-Varga and staff are reassessing which rooms are suitable for doubles or triples. One problem lies in the fact that Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Hall (GJW) rooms cannot be converted from their original designations, due to a contract with the donor.
Correction: President Bettison-Varga and members of her senior team have been considering the addition of a new residence hall for several years. A new residence hall will both provide additional bed space and ensure that only those rooms built as doubles and triples are utilized as such. Information regarding the Gabrielle Jungles-Winkler Residence Hall, as well as the information provided regarding "a contract with the donor” was inaccurate.