Senate talks nickname task force, medical school

UND Student Body Vice President Brett Johnson (right) speaks during Sunday’s Student Senate meeting. Photo by Chester Beltowski/The Dakota Student.

Campus parking problems and the repurposing of UND’s medical school remained at the forefront of discussion for Student Body President Tanner Franklin and Vice President Brett Johnson at Sunday’s Student Senate meeting Sept. 28.

With no bills or resolutions for senate to review, Franklin and Johnson had the most to talk about at the meeting in their reports. Franklin, who is on the Logo and Nickname Task Force, talked about the first meeting that was held and the steps going forward.

“Our next meeting will be Oct. 16 or 17 and we will decide on the structure for data-gathering for nickname ideas,” Franklin said.

Franklin said students, faculty and alumni will have the chance to submit ideas for nicknames at some point after that meeting.

Med school project

Both Franklin and Johnson also are part of the committee looking at ideas of how to repurpose the medical school.

There will be a website dedicated to submission ideas, Franklin said. They are looking to have a plan for that project by the end of the calendar year.

Parking woes

Johnson, who has taken on  parking complaints raised by students this year, said the parking office is bringing in a consulting firm starting Oct. 3 to review UND’s parking procedures.

“They will give recommendations that work best in their experience of the issue,” Johnson said.

Those recommendations are expected by February of next year.

Other news

State Governmental Affairs Commissioner Jon Knutson said the open forum on Measure 3 scheduled for Oct. 7 now has a moderator.

That measure seeks to disband the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. The forum will be open to all, taking place in the Loading Dock from 5 to 7 p.m.

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