A number of issues were brought before the student senate at its latest meeting Monday. One of these issues was the number of credit hours graduate students must take to be considered full-time students.
Currently, graduate students must be enrolled in nine credit hours to be considered full-time. The senate is working on a bill that might change this requirement.
“We need to think about that, how we want to define a graduate student to make sure we don’t exclude anybody that might not be able to do it,” said Brady Harris, senator for the Davis campus, “especially in a sensitive spot where they might only be able to take three credit hours or six credit hours one semester and not the next one.”
Although the number of hours required is generally nine, the senate is working to allow programs to change the number of hours based on their individual requirements.
The senate also discussed complaints from students regarding the lack of healthy food options on campus.
Michael Vazquez, residence hall senator, said a common complaint is that the food offered on campus is too expensive and not healthy. He also said the new cafeteria in the new residence hall would only benefit the students living on campus.
“It doesn’t make sense as a benefit to the university as a whole if it’s only in the residence hall, when there’s so much that can be done here,” he said.
Vazquez also said he expects the meal plans for residents to change once the new hall is open.
“The Wildcat Room is only open from 11 to 3, and there are definitely no breakfast options besides oatmeal and Jamba Juice and cheap eggs and bacon at the grill,” he said.
Other common concerns are the limited dinner options for students living on campus or who have night classes, as well as the limited options on weekends.
“As far as the union goes and having something here, I kind of see it as more of a hangout,” said Shalie Barber, social and behavioral sciences senator.
Vazquez will discuss these concerns with the Food Service Advisory Committee.
Another issue brought before the senate was that InterVarsity does not have its own place to meet.
Harris said the university would not be able to fund a house for the group due to legal reasons, but that they could go through a private donor instead.
“All of the people that work with InterVarsity get fundraised,” Barber said. She also said they might be able to get local churches to help with this endeavor.
The senate could help the group with funding as a club, rather than a specific religious organization. LDSSA, the student association for the LDS church, would also fall under this policy as a club.
“The logic in my mind says yes, these are clubs, but they’re also religious organizations,” said Colt Mortenson, senator for students with disabilities.
InterVarsity is nondenominational and does not promote a specific religion.