Information About candidates, Austin Phillips and James Hills!

STUDENT SENATE PRESIDENT APPLICATION

Name *

Austin Phillips

Class *

2019

Cell Phone Number *

217-725-8157

Email *

phillips.austin@mail.ic.edu

Major/Minor

Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Running Mate

James Hills, 2018, Political Science

 

In A Brief Paragraph, Tell Us About Yourself And What Are Your Goals Once Elected:

My name is Austin James Phillips and I grew up in a rural community not far from Jacksonville. Growing up I was highly involved in leadership roles and actually established one of the largest historical reenacting organizations with one the youngest Officers, that being myself, in the country.

What is your previous leadership experience?

I am currently the president of IC Pre-Law. Though Leadership is not defined through what I can put on my resume, rather it is the unseen leadership that derives from the micro-scale and not so much the macro-scale.

In your opinion, what should the role of Student Senate be on campus?

Student Senate should direct students towards grasping their own agency on their own campus.

In your opinion, what is the biggest issue affecting the Illinois College campus?

One of the biggest issues affecting the campus is the lack of interest in actions that directly affect students.

Explain why you are interested in becoming involved in Student Senate?

I have seen firsthand what the Student Senate can do. That being said, it doesn’t do enough for the students. It needs to stop thinking for the student body and actually be the student body.

What personal qualities do you possess that qualify you for this position?

I am very outspoken (As I’m sure you have at least heard of me). I tend to be stern and tell it how I see it. The students deserve this quality in their president.

As President, what would be your most difficult challenge?

My biggest challenge will be implementing my plans for student inclusiveness among senators that may disagree or administration that may disagree.

Any additional information that you want voters to know.

It saddens me that some faculty, staff, administration, and students leave IC because they do not feel welcome or comfortable anymore. This campus does not have any strong element that can address this issue. IC’s idea of diversity is simply having talks about “diversity” or claiming a room as a diversity center and then proclaiming that we are a diverse campus. It is time that we explore what makes us different rather than what makes us categorical. Vote for Austin Phillips because the first step to solving this problem is to make this campus realize there is one. When our retention rate for “students of color” is significantly low, we have to do something. We must not accept this, and we don’t have to.

Information About Candidates, Allison McNamara and Christian Flores!

STUDENT SENATE PRESIDENT APPLICATION

Name *

Christian Flores

Class *

2018

Email *

Flores.Christian@mail.ic.edu

Major/Minor

History/Political Science/Spanish

In A Brief Paragraph, Tell Us About Yourself And What Are Your Goals Once Elected:

I am Christian. I’m a History/Poli Sci/Spanish major. I am an extremely motivated and outspoken individual. In my spare time, I like to read, watch movies, go on long hikes, engage in political discours, and travel. As president of Student Senate, I will create more avenues for students to talk about the diversity issues on campus, create a platform for other student orgaizations to be able to bring up issues and concerns to Student Senate, and create a more positive and motivational environment for the full Student Senate.

What is your previous leadership experience?

I have been on Senate for three years. I have previously served as student body vice president and finance committee chair for Student Senate, as well as served on numerous student-faculty committees, such as the Provost Search Committee and the Convocation Committee. Added on to that, I served as President of IC Environmentalists and Sevice Project Chair and Service Vice President of Alpha Phi Omega.

In your opinion, what should the role of Student Senate be on campus?

To serve as a bridge between the students and the administration, to advocate for students, and to influence the direction of the college.

In your opinion, what is the biggest issue affecting the Illinois College campus?

A disconnect between the administration and the students. This translates from an inability to communicate their plans to improve the college effectively to students, to an incapacity to understand the racial dynamics that afflict minority groups on campus, to an overall lack of transparency.

Explain why you are interested in becoming involved in Student Senate?

I have been a Senator for three years. I would like to finish my College career continuing the fight to make Illinois College a more welcoming place for all students, adressing student concerns, and advocating for Student’s benefits.

What personal qualities do you possess that qualify you for this position?

I am motivated, tenacious, and extremely optimistic. I bring that with me to everything I do.

Are you, or will you be, involved with any activities that would conflict with your Student Senate responsibilities if elected to your position? (This may include student teaching, participating in an internship or studying abroad, etc.) If so, please explain.

I have an internship with Rammelkamp Bradney and will be an active member of Alpha Phi Omega. However, neither of these will conflict with any Senate meetings.

 

Name

Allison McNamara

Class *

2018

Email *

mcnamara.allison@mail.ic.edu

Major/Minor

Political Science, International Studies, Spanish

 

In A Brief Paragraph, Tell Us About Yourself And What Are Your Goals Once Elected:

I am Allie McNamara and I will be a senior in the 2017-2018 school year.  I am a political science, international studies, and spanish major(s).  I have been a member of Student Senate since I was a first year.  I am also involved in residential life, Alpha Phi Omega, Latino Community Tutoring, and the Leadership Program.  Illinois College is my home and my goal is to help make everyone’s experience on campus as great as mine has been so far.  To be specific to Student Senate, I have many goals once elected. My primary goal is to truly bridge the gap between students and the administration.  Too often, decisions are made without current students getting involved in the decision making process.  I want to ensure that the Student Senate is effectively spreading messages between the two bodies while also increasing the administrations efforts to connect more directly to students.  This is so important to do with coming budget cuts and structure changes facing the college. Another goal of mine for the next year on senate is too create more connections with student organizations and listen more to their feedback of campus life. Connecting with different groups like BSU, Nuestra Casa, IC Feminists, and BASIC will help the senate to get an idea of what students from all corners of campus think about policies and other aspects of campus life.  If the Student Senate wants to know what students really think, we need to take a more active role in reaching out to actual students! Finally, another initiative that my running mate and I have tried to create initiatives for is making the IC campus more green and environmentally friendly.  We have been trying to get a project off the ground that will put as many recycling bins on campus as there are trashcans.  This is something that many other colleges do that IC has not been working hard enough to do.  Illinois College should work harder to stay green and commit to protecting the environment, even in these seemingly small ways.

What is your previous leadership experience?

I have been the executive treasurer for the Student Senate for the past two years in which I was a member of the executive board and leadership council.  I managed the Student Senate budget and I was also involved in the planning and coordination of many Student Senate events.  I was also the Class of 2018 chair for two years.  I have also been an RA for the past two years and I will be a Hall Director for Lincoln Hall for the 2017-2018 year at IC.

In your opinion, what should the role of Student Senate be on campus?

The Student Senate is a body that should always advocate for students.  It is the Senate’s job to make the college a place that meets the needs of their students and communicated these needs to the administration of the college. The Senate should be a liaison between the two entities, making sure effective communication between the administration and the student body is always happening.

In your opinion, what is the biggest issue affecting the Illinois College campus?

In my opinion, the biggest issue at IC has always been the administration not considering students enough in decisions that impact us.  There is a lot of change that will be coming to the IC campus due to the budget issues the college faces.  The college is taking too much money out of the endowment, and that will only cause the troubles to continue.  However, students are the most important asset to the college, and we often find ourselves being ignored.  Decisions like the new book policy, the e-sports team, and the cutting of departments and majors have been decisions that were made with very little student involvement.  The administration’s policy of “don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness” from the students has gone on for my entire 4 years on IC’s campus.  The Student Senate and IC administration can work together to end this problem.  Solutions include forums, surveys, focus groups, student think tanks, and other communication increasing initiatives to ensure that communication is actually going on between the two entities. Students should be able to take a more active role in the decisions made on campus.  The reality is, the college will rely on us for financial support later.  Alienating our opinions now will not help IC become its best version.  Hopefully, through becoming the Vice-President of Student Senate, I can help fix this problem.

Explain why you are interested in becoming involved in Student Senate?

I have been involved with the Student Senate since I was a first-year.  It has been an organization that has shaped my college experience, as well as an organization that I have grown and been able to shape throughout my 3 years.  It has been a way to get to know more students and what students want and expect out of the college.  It has been a vehicle to empower students to speak about their struggles and work to change college policy to lessen these struggles.  I have been committed to this organization for my entire college career (aside from my semester abroad) and I want to leave it better than it was when I started.

What personal qualities do you possess that qualify you for this position?

I am devoted, friendly, and honest.  These three qualities are really important, especially for the role of Vice President that I seek to fill.  Devotion is important because I will be persistent on issues important to students and will see them through to the end.  A problem with the Student Senate has been a lack of follow through, and I am seeking to end that trend next year.  Filling the role of Vice President will enable me to manage projects and oversee more senators as compared to my previous office of treasurer.  Friendliness is quiet important to the role of Vice President and as a student senator in general.  Friendliness has lead me to connect with more students, more faculty, and even helped me to foster relationships with administration members.  This will aid in getting things accomplished because good relationships and respectful communication are so important to accomplishing goals and negotiating campus changes.  However, my friendliness does not impede my ability to take a tough stance on important issues, like lack of transparency in the school administration.  Finally, I am also a very honest person.  I like to be practical and realistic with the situations that Student Senate often faces.  This enables me to be productive and to suggest realistic measures to fix problems facing Illinois College.  Being honest cuts down on the amount of resolutions that do not effectively address IC’s problems.  Honesty also fosters more trust between the Senate and the students we are there to represent.  It is important to be honest with the students when talking about issues that impact their lives on campus.

Are you, or will you be, involved with any activities that would conflict with your Student Senate responsibilities if elected to your position? (This may include student teaching, participating in an internship or studying abroad, etc.) If so, please explain.

Nope!

SR 16-23 – Confirmation of 2020 Senator

 

Confirmation of 2020 Senator
February 23rd of 2017

WHEREAS: There was an opening for a spot in the Class of 2020 Senator group because a senator dropped out.

WHEREAS: The remaining Class of 2020 senators held a meeting to discuss the open spot. We decided to send out a poll to the Class of 2020 in order to get applicants to fill in this position. We received eight applicants. After discussions, four senators voted for Abigail Trunfio as our choice and one abstained from voting.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: The Full-Student Senate will vote and approve on the new member who was selected

RESOLVED: The Full-Student Senate will vote and approve Abigail Trunfio as the new member of the Class of 2020 senators immediately.

 

SR 16-22 – Student Organization Allocations

February 23rd, 2017
Senator James Hills

WHEREAS: The Finance Committee is responsible for overseeing the Student Activity Fund and distributing it to Student Organizations.

WHEREAS: The Finance Committee recommends the following allocations for the Spring Semester of the 2016-17 School Year.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: These allocations are to be made as of Friday February 24th, 2017.

RESOLVED: The Student Senate approves of the following allocations.

 

Organization Name Allocation Amount Requested for Spring 2017 Semester Finance Committee Recommendation for Spring 2017 Semester
Cycling Club $2,045 $2,045
Illinois College C.A.R.E. $7,998 $8,000
Koine International $2,125 $2,125
Black Student Union (BSU) $3,365 $3,365
Total $15,533 $15,535

 

SR 16-21 – Student Organization Allocations

February 9th, 2017
Senator James Hills

WHEREAS: The Finance Committee is responsible for overseeing the Student Activity Fund and distributing it to Student Organizations.

WHEREAS: The Finance Committee recommends the following allocations for the Fall Semester of the 2016-17 School Year.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: These allocations are to be made as of Friday February 10th, 2017.

RESOLVED: The Student Senate approves of the following allocations.

 

Organization Name Allocation Amount Requested for Spring 2017 Semester Finance Committee Recommendation for Spring 2017 Semester
S.P.E.C.T.R.U.M. $1,500.00 $1,500.00
Student Activities Board $85,000.00 $80,000.00
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) $1,100.00 $1,100.00
Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASIC) $1,100.00 $1,100.00
Students for Sexual and Gender Equality (SAGE) $5,450.00 $5,450.00
Student Senate $3,500.00 $3,500.00
Coalition for Ethnic Awareness (CEA) $2,000.00 $2,000.00
Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) $5,000.00 $5,000.00
IC Pre-Law $2,300.00 $2,300.00
Total $106,950 $101,950

 

Full Senate Meeting 2/9/2017

Roll Call

Senator Klein unexcused, Senator Cadet excused

 

Minutes Approved

 

Lobby Your Senate

Present: None

 

Reports
Executive Board

President Wadkins has the official response from President Farley on the topic of status as a sanctuary campus. AD Snyder has approached President Wadkins to get two students on a committee that will review the standards of the weight room equipment. Also, a new Student-Faculty Committee Liaison needs to be chosen to replace Senator Hills.

Vice-President Foster has no report.

Senator Hoagland student organization allocations have been brought forth and are in a resolution to be approved tonight. Each class chair is given $750 for purposes of class functions.

Senator A. Phillips talked about the PR committee’s campaign to advertise the IC App and its effectiveness with campus announcements and a “Student Section” tab. Mesfin will be sending out a new Google form for Faculty/Staff Member of the Month. A t-shirt poll will be sent out to all Senators by the weekend.

Senator Hills the Committee has met twice since last Full Senate for student organizations and their allocation requests.

Senator Lenth 2020 met last Wednesday. The class giving rate so far is 34%, and the goal is 50%. A formal dinner for Seniors has been planned for Hamilton’s but no date has been set. There is also discussion of the College’s pay schedule being changed from monthly to bi-weekly. Senator Matthews is new Vice-Chair.

Senator Yantis no report.

Senator H. Phillips The Class discussed the social and the delegation of duties

Senator AppiahKubi: An application has been sent out to class to fill Senator Torres’ spot, and interviews will be held Monday. Meetings will be bi-weekly to be more effective.

Advisors

Dean Carlson SFTF (Sustainable Financial Task Force) is faculty and staff co-chaired by VP of Business and Provost to come up with ways to save College money and ensure sustainability. There are talks of lowering costs and raising enrollment, with a report being sent out 2/10 to entire campus. Different majors/minors may be cut and/or combined. For generating additional revenue, an e-sports club team will be coming to campus, and a competitive dance team to increase enrollment.

Professor Adams has no report.

Business

Old Business:

Provost O’Connell has put the All-Gender Bathroom resolution on the “projects” list for facilities.

New Business:

SR 16-21 Spring Allocations SAB received $80,000 rather than the $85,000 they asked for. All other organizations were approved for a total of $101,950. Senator Pecher motioned to approve, Senator Carter seconded.

Proposed Amendment Senator Phillips, A elaborated on the talks that have been ongoing on disbanding Special Events and having the other three members absorb the members, making each standing committee with 8 Senators. Senator Phillips, H mentioned that a name change would be favored, but potentially keeping the theme of the Committee. Senator Palmer said that the first step this semester would be to re-establish the communication with student organizations. Last semester there was poor communication and leadership, but with this semester’s new goals, the potential to be successful is there.Senator Pecher said that new students are having more difficulty planning events simply because they don’t have the know-how. She suggested making a working document/ “Bible” of sorts to aid people in their planning. Senator Groh believes it’s a good idea in terms of sustainability to keep advisors in check, and a future resolution could address the advisors presence in the initial allocation procedure. Senator Phillips, H stressed the fact that unlike the past, the Committee has an agenda and a set of goals that can be moved forward and accomplished. VP Foster offered her guidance because she served on the original OOC and the transition into Special Events.

Proposed Resolution Senator Lenth brought forth the idea of changing the pay schedule for the college from monthly to bi-weekly. Senator Hilton mentioned that it teaches a budgeting skill for students when it is monthly. Senator Pantier stretched his agreement with Senator Hilton.

 

Adjournment:

VP Foster motioned to adjourn, Senator Pantier seconded.

Senator Yantis and Senator Hoagland voted “nay” on adjournment.

 

9:34 PM

 

Full Senate Meeting 1/26/2017

Roll Call

Called to Order 8:31pm

All Accounted For

 

Minutes Approved

 

Lobby Your Senate

Present: President Farley, Dean Jones, Coach Raya, Professor Wells, Professor Spalding, Jovanna Chavez.

 

President Farley and the working team is present in regards to the response to the Senate’s Sanctuary Campus Resolution. Central piece of resolution to name Illinois College a sanctuary campus, but the working team has opted to not declare sanctuary status. This is because the same safeguards are already guaranteed under the status as a “sensitive vocation” as outlined by ICE.

 

There are multiple reasons behind not declaring sanctuary status, namely the most vulnerable students may become more vulnerable under President Trumps’ administration. President Farley outlined the response to the Senate’s Sanctuary Resolution, with all responses “Yes,” and included a form of “as compelled by law”.

 

President Farley and the working group stretched the importance of knowing that the campus is covered under the “sensitive vocation” and that the “sanctuary campus” title would only harm the most vulnerable students. A “protected location” is any church, school campus, specific events (funerals, weddings), or similar location where people are protected unless there are extenuating circumstances. Those circumstances would require a pre-existing condition and does not include an investigation of who is undocumented on campus.

 

The working group will continue to monitor the ‘fluid’ situation and will remain in contact with the Student Senate to notify of any changes that may occur.

 

Dakota Roach came to Lobby Your Senate to inquire about Forte’s budget and request for allocations. She reached out to the Senate in the past and the Finance Committee will take care of the matter.

 

Reports
Executive Board

President Wadkins has appointed Senator Foster as Vice-President in replacemnt of Christian Flores’ resignation. Senator Yantis has been replaced as the Class of 2018 chair. Senator Hoagland has been nominated as the Treasurer and Senator Yantis has been nominated for the Secretary position. Senator Hills has been named the new Finance Committee Chairman. The new Exec Board positions were approved by the Senate unanimously.

Vice-President Foster welcomed everyone back and offered everyone to help new Senators out and to facilitate a smooth transition.
Committee Chairs

Senator A. Phillips has been in contact with Patrick Brown to fix lights and technology within the location. A resolution will be on the floor soon to approve expenses.

Senator Hoagland the Finance Committee met to finalize the form to send out to the various student organizations and want to meet with the newly approved ones to help them understand the process of allocations.
Class Chairs

Senator Lenth The class has not met but they have approved two new senators: Nathaniel Groh and Kayla Matthews.

Senator Yantis has picked three new Senators to fill vacancies in his class. A social and service project will hopefully be planned this semester.

Senator H. Phillips the Class of 2019 has met and approved two new Senators: Andrea McCombs and Zane Hilton.

Senator Torres the Class of 2020 met and approved a new Senator Adrializ Acevedo.
Advisors

Dean Carlson welcomed everyone back and encouraged everyone to sign up for the True Blue Institute and the Siblings Overnight Weekend. There will be a reunion for First-Year seminars from last semester. A new counselor in Templeton and special needs position has been filled as well.

Professor Adams has message from Dean Porter about streamlining the Honor Board because of the void that was left last semester. He will submit a proposal that is “almost ready” and would revamp the composure of the Honor Board.

 

Business

Old Business:

Constitutional Amendment Resolution 16-14 will be brought to a vote. It will be approved before the new Senators are voted in because of the requirement. Vice-President Foster motioned for a vote, Senator Yantis seconded. Senate Resolution 16-14 passed unanimously.

New Business:

Senator Lenth outlined SR 16-17 which replaces two Senators with Nathaniel Groh and Kayla Matthews, the only applicants for the position. Senator Lenth friendly amended for grammatical errors. Senator Peecher motioned for approval, Senator Yantis seconded. Approved unanimously.

Senator Yantis outlined SR 16-18 approving three new Senators. Senator Hills motioned for approval, Senator Peecher seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Senator H. Phillips outlined SR 16-19 approving two new Senators to vill vacancies. An application was sent out and interview was held for 6 candidates and landed on their 2 Senators. Senator Palmer motioned to approve, Senator Hoagland seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Senator Torres outlined SR 16-20 approving one Senator to fill a vacancy for Senator Whitlow. The class met and decided on a new class Senator. Senator Saylor motioned to approve, Senator Pantier seconded.

The eight new Senators took the Oath of Office and officially became members of the Illinois College Student Senate.

Adjournment:

Vice-President Foster motioned to adjourn, Senator Pantier seconded.

 

Adjourned 9:38 PM.