Auburn’s SGA Senate met on Monday night to pass significant new legislation and introduce future bills to be considered next week.
The primary piece of legislation passed this week was a resolution endorsing the creation of diversity learning communities on campus. Senator Dillon Nettles explained he sponsored the legislation in order to recognize student interests in increased diversity and also to promote administration goals of enhanced diversity on campus. “This was birthed out of student interests… But more importantly, it promotes Auburn’s diversity initiatives. I wanted to bring this bill to the floor…because I felt diversity is an important aspect of the collegiate experience.” When asked about his long-term hopes for the bill, Senator Nettles said he anticipates “the student body will become more aware of these issues…and they’ll see that Auburn can progress beyond where we’ve been.”
Also, Senators Walker Byrd and Caroline Beauchaine introduced a proposal to endorse a modification of the final exam schedule. Senator Byrd said, “This marathon test week we have now is a struggle and doesn’t benefit our grades…Sixty percent of students believe the current model significantly affects their preparedness for finals. In contrast, ninety percent believe that a modification in the current structure would benefit their grades.” The proposed modification would make Monday through Wednesday of the current finals week into review or reading days. Final exams would begin on Thursday and Friday (of the current finals week) and conclude on the following Monday through Wednesday. In total, the proposal would extend the semester by three school days, but students would also gain three additional days for reading or review before finals (not including weekend days). Auburn’s academic calendar has already been finalized through 2017, so any proposed changes would occur after that date. Debate will begin on the proposal next week.
Finally, the Senate also passed a resolution recognizing Auburn’s listing as a Green Campus by the Princeton Review and a bill finalizing SGA election dates for the upcoming year.