Congress Updates

by The Cowl Editor


Congress Updates


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By Connor Nolan ’19

Student Congress Publicity

This week Congress welcomed Peter Palumbo, the director of academic advising, to speak at its weekly meeting.  He came to discuss the changes regarding the class registration systems as well as to field questions relating to advising.  The new system, called “schedule planner”, can be found on CyberFriar and is a new way for students to fill out their class schedules in a more streamlined, personal process.

After fielding some questions regarding how it operated, Palumbo clarified that one must still register at their normal time, but instead they will submit their hopeful schedule and then be asked to enter their pin during registration.  It was essentially employed in order to reduce the stress and headache of the registration process.  To continue to streamline the process, all waitlists will now be filled online rather than by hand.

The School of Business will be the first school to test out the full program, and when asked why, Palumbo responded that the business school‘s administration volunteered because it is one of the largest programs on campus. Palumbo also fielded a few questions regarding the first year experience classes, which are designed to help underclassmen explore the various majors and minors on campus as well as other ways to get involved in the programs.

These questions regarded making sure the classes were not biased towards any one department or major, as well as making sure they were doing enough to help the students make decisions. Palumbo finished up by speaking about how he wishes to make advising less transactional and more developmental.  He hopes to do this by making some changes to how the system currently operates to create a better relationship between advisors and students that leads to a better advising process.

Thank you to Palumbo from all the members of the 68th Student Congress.

The Congress would like to invite all students to attend Reflecting Forward, a weekend celebrating multiculturalism and diversity at Providence College, and the various events that are a part of it.  Students can register online through the Office of Alumni Relations to attend.

This week‘s old business related to a piece of legislation that was presented last week regarding the changing of service hour requirements for the members of Congress.  The changes that were made regarding how the events run by members of Congress would be logged.  It will be the work of the various classes‘ boards and the executive board to mark down attendance at mandatory events, as well as making sure students meet their required event total.  The vote passed with one abstention. Congratulations to all who worked on this piece.

The only piece of new business presented before the Congress this meeting was pertaining to a new club seeking accreditation on campus.  PC is a Novel Idea is a book club organized by students here at Providence College.  As of now, the club has met a few times, showing strong attendance.

The creators of the club spoke to why it should be accepted as a club on campus saying they were seeking a consistent space for students that love to read to come together.  They plan on holding book drives and some other sort of local charity work if they are accepted.  After fielding a few questions as to how they would allocate funds if requested, the speakers were thanked for attending.  The club will be voted upon next week, and we would like to thank them for coming before the Congress.

 

Congress Updates

by The Cowl Editor


Congress Updates


by Connor Nolan ’19

Student Congress Publicity

student congress seal
Photo Courtesy of linked.com

This past Tuesday, Student Congress welcomed Major John Leyden to speak about many of the changes taking place within the Department of Public Safety.  The Major explained the ongoing changes that started in early 2016 to what was then named the Office of Safety and Security.  Outside experts were brought in to give their opinions on how to best update the outdated office, and these reports are available on MyPortal under campus documents for curious students.

A few questions followed the mention of firearms on campus, with students wondering if it was truly the best option.  Major Leyden understood these concerns, but pointed to the necessary training required for these officers and how they will be ready to deal with any situation that arises on campus.

The Major also fielded questions on whether or not there would be a guard or officer posted at the Eaton Security Gate on week nights as there had been in the past.  Major Leyden said that as of now they had utilized the automated gate, but after a few students expressed concern with their safety traveling back to their homes at night, he stated that his department would look into making changes.

The Class of 2021 and newly elected members were sworn into Congress, making the 68th Providence College Student Congress finally complete.

In terms of old business, the Afro-Caribbean Club again spoke of their intention to create a safe and inclusive space for students to come together and learn about the various cultures of the Caribbean.  Members of the Congress thanked them, complimenting their preparedness and hard work, and the club was passed unanimously.

The second piece of old business brought before the Congress involved the posting of stickers with important contact numbers in off-campus houses owned by the 02908 Club. The piece was presented by Cassandra Caggiano ’18. The stickers will follow the format of those found in bathrooms on campus, and was offered to be paid for by the 02908 Club. The piece was passed unanimously by those members present.