Senate supports service day

BILL Student Senate moves forward with “one stop shop” plans in the Union.

Vice President of Student Affairs Lori Reesor speaks to Student Senate at Sunday’s meeting. Photo by Keisuke Yoshimura.

While most students dread going into Twamley Hall, by next fall they may not have to if they just have simple questions.

Vice President of Student Affairs Lori Reesor, Vice President of Finance and Operations Alice Brekke and Provost Tom DiLorenzo say they are working on creating a “one stop shop” in the Memorial Union and presented to Student Senate on Sunday night.

The proposal is moving forward and would combine the offices from the second floor of Twamley Hall — such as financial aid, registrar and account services — into a small area on the main level of the Union.

Although the initial plan was to do a test run in April, plans have not moved forward far enough at this point to make that happen.

Final plans are supposed to be approved so renovations can start on the Union in May, with a fall debut for the changes.

Bills passed

Senate passed a bill approving $690 total for business cards for all student senators who want them. The bill was discussed at length, with some senators voicing concerns over spending student fee money on business cards.

“I think this is going to get approved,” Sen. Kristin Emmons said. “But I ask you to think really hard about this before spending students money.”

Other senators who work with students in more spread out areas supported the bill as a way to be able to communicate easier.

“When I’m working with people out-of-town, it would be nice to have something to give them,” Sen. Sean McClain said.

Senate also passed a bill allocating funds to the annual Monster Patrol volunteer service student government participates in. Monster Patrol is in its fourth year and gives students the opportunity to escort young trick-or-treaters around Grand Forks.

“This gets UND’s name out in the community and interacting with the community which is something we’re trying to do,” Sen. Brett Johnson said.

Senate also approved a resolution supporting the implementation of a statewide day of service by the North Dakota Student Association. NDSA wants all 11 North Dakota state universities to participate in a service project on Martin Luther King Jr. Day each year, a holiday for all university students.

“This is another opportunity for students to get involved,” Sen. Alan Oberg said.

At this point, the service day is just an idea in the NDSA, and exact details will be given at a later date.

Megan Hoffman is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at