EXTRACURRICULAR POINT SYSTEM ESTABLISHED
This was the first major project that Student Senate initiated. As Drury’s curriculum expanded, so did its organized activities. So in the spring of 1915, the Student Senate proposed development of a point system designed to limit participation in out-of-class activities. The Senate proposed that each student be limited to a total of 25 points, with 15 points reflecting a normal academic course load. The proposal was endorsed by all classes and adopted by the faculty that fall.
SENATE ASSUMES GREATER RESPONSIBILITY
The Senate created the preferential primary voting system for electing class officers, and was also empowered to serve as the social committee for all-college social events.
Conflicts between the Senate and active campus organizations like fraternities and sororities weakened the Senate, causing many to question its reason for being.
An audit performed by the Senate revealed an interest in campus life among ordinary students. As a result, the Senate plans an all-college dance, stunt night and more organized election procedures.
The Senate assumed responsibility for most of the college’s patriotic projects. Among other projects, they sponsored a “Civilian Defense Registration Program” and later held a “War Stamp Week.”
The Senate began assuming responsibility for resolving major campus issues.
FOOTBALL AND TOMMY DORSEY!
The Senate tried unsuccessfully to revive the intercollegiate football program that had been disbanded in the 1930’s. Later that same year, the Senate held the first Big Name Band Dance, bringing the Woody Herman Band to campus. In later years, Les Brown, Tommy Dorsey and Stan Kenton would perform on Drury’s campus.
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DRESS CODE IN THE COMMONS
The Senate helped alleviate mounting frustration over poor food service and the strictly enforced formal dress code for the Commons. In 1950, the formal dress code was discontinued, and in 1954 a new dietician and head waiter as well as new kitchen equipment were brought to campus.
As tensions escalated during the Vietnam War, the Senate made it a priority to protect and advance the rights of students. Instigated by a threat of censorship with the Mirror, the Senate established an official, non-censorship policy for the Mirror, which was also extended to guest speakers.
HOUSING POLICY CHANGES FOR WOMEN
Sue West, the first woman student body president since 1943, submitted recommendations to allow women to live off campus, to return to campus after hours at their discretion, and to be extended key privileges. Deans Karen Sweeney and Curtis Strube approved these requests. Key privileges were later dropped in favor of an after hours security guard.
The Student Senate began to have broader involvement, reaching out to the faculty and staff to collaborate and work as a more unified team. They invited faculty to attend Senate meetings. The Senate leadership began attending the board of trustees meetings and in turn, they were invited to attend the open faculty meetings.
The University radio station KDRU, the Mirror, the Sou’wester yearbook and the Student Union Board were all considered subsidiaries in that they largely relied on funding from Student Senate to operate. During this time, budgets were scrutinized with the Sou’wester being called into question. The compromise was for students to pay a nominal fee to offset some of the costs. A few years later, the yearbook was discontinued.
Responding to national trends, Student Senate President Bob Zipf initiated the name change from Student Senate to Student Government Association.
THE DOWN UNDER GETS A FACELIFT
Led by SGA President, Zac Tusinger and architecture student Donnie Rodgers, an SGA committee developed a plan to renovate the lower level of Findlay Student Center to become a true student center. Completed during winter break, the Down Under was transformed into a coffeehouse-style, central hangout. The project also paved the way for SGA to fund other “renovation” projects on campus.
In response to the growing interest in sustainability, President Sellars formed the President’s Council on Sustainability to evaluate and recommend ways to implement more sustainable practices at Drury. Spearheaded by Dr. Wendy Anderson and members of Think Green, SGA passed a resolution requiring that a portion of student fees be used by the Council to fund sustainability initiatives. Examples of campus projects funded by the $20 per student fee include: bike paths, solar panels, DCycle bike rental shop, sponsorships for speakers and panels, and recycling bins.