CCSG Council Convenes in the HUB

The Council of Commonwealth Student Governments reconvened today to continue discussions. The meeting began with the University Faculty Senate reports. The Vice President of the Committee, Pete Khoury, spoke about an address from President Spainer held two weeks ago here at University Park. He shared Spainer’s concern for the end of stimulus funding in 2012, which has been bolstering poor appropriations. They also brought up the controversial policy 83-80, which was barely adopted. The policy states that students who switch from commonwealth campuses will be forced to face stricter credit requirements: a minimum of 24 University Park credits before they can graduate. Khoury also stressed that commonwealth governments maintain close contacts with their faculty representatives.

After no College Faculty Senate reports, the Council moved on to the Shields Resources Advisory Board Report, where a member of the LehighValley campus’s Student Government Association talked about revamping the often hard-to-read bursar bill and creating modules for Penn State sites like Angel and eLion.

President Mohamed Raouda gave the Student Activities Fee Board report, where he talked about minor amendments to legal services-an issue only affecting University Park students.  He also mentioned preliminary discussions about next years SAF are underway.

The Council then had their commonalities caucus and committee breakouts to discuss issues in smaller groups. During this time members were given a survey on  what issues they’d like to see discussed at the next Council.

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Caitlin Silver

Caitlin is from a small Pennsylvania town called Unionville, which is by West Chester, which is by Philadelphia. She is a sophomore in the Smeal College of Business and will probably major in accounting. Caitlin loves "How I Met Your Mother" and dougnuts.


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