ASR wrapping up semester-end business

The Association of Student Representatives held a meeting at 7:30 p.m. on April 18 in the Woodlawn Room.

The meeting began with a visit from Jerry Ferguson, director of the Tiger Card Office. Ferguson spoke to the senators about the importance of ASR’s participation in both the off-campus merchant program and the Taste of Trinity event that occur during Welcome Week.

Ferguson encouraged senators to support these programs and events by visiting local businesses and suggesting that they become a part of the off campus merchant program and reminding businesses to participate in the Taste of Trinity. Ferguson also talked about the future of Tiger Card technology. Eventually, he would like to see the technology allow students to make deposits to their Tiger Card accounts via smart phones.

Following Ferguson’s visit, the senators turned to business that had been tabled from the previous week.

The first issue concerned the budget proposal submitted by the Trinity Diversity Connection. After a brief discussion of the technology portion of the request, the senators voted on and approved the budget proposal.

The next portion of the meeting again focused on technology. The second discussion revisited the request made the previous week by Campus Publications for funding to replace outdated computers and software in their offices. The initial requested asked for $41,567 from the Capital Equipment Fund that would cover 14 computers and several software programs. Campus Publications reached this estimate with the help of an employee from Information Technology Services. With the continued assistance of ITS, Campus Publications was able to reduce this amount and resubmit the request. These efforts produced a reduced request of $38,533. The senators voted on and approved this amount.

The final issue discussed during Wednesday’s meeting focused on the upcoming Greek town hall meeting that ASR is sponsoring to provide students the opportunity to ask administrators questions concerning the future of Greek Life in the wake of recent sanctions handed down to four Greek organizations.

It was confirmed that the town hall will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, in the Fiesta Room. It will feature a panel made up of David Tuttle, dean of students, Raphael Moffett, director of Campus and Community Involvement, and Dennis Ahlburg, president of the university.

The meeting concluded with a broad discussion of issues ASR would like to pursue during the 2012-2013 school year as well as a brief discussion of the proper methods to follow when pursuing an issue.