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TCU Senate update

Published: Monday, February 3, 2014

Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 08:02

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate at its meeting yesterday unanimously passed a resolution calling on the administration to reform Tufts’ on-campus voter registration process.

“Currently, there is no centralized and organized voter registration system on the Tufts University campus, which creates an obstacle to voting for the student body,” the resolution reads.

The resolution proposes that students should be able to register their personal information into the Integrated Student Information System (iSIS), which would then process voter registration forms. It also suggests that University President Anthony Monaco appoint a voter registration director from the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service to oversee the process. 

“I’m very excited to be moving forward with something which I think is long overdue,” said sophomore Senator James Golden, who wrote the proposal. “Expressing your right to vote is integral, and this registration, as well as the reforms that will come with it, will hopefully streamline that process and make it more efficient for students to be able to vote.” 

Diversity Council Affairs Officer Darien Headen, a junior, announced that three students have been chosen to be on the committee for selecting the university’s Chief Diversity Officer. The committee, which consists of senators, community and trustee representatives, will be chaired by Nancy Wilson, a special advisor to the Provost.

The trustee representatives will present their personal projects to the Board of Trustees tonight. 

“I’m excited to present and hear what the Board has to say,” trustee representative Rose Mendelsohn, a senior who is helping first-generation college students adjust to life at Tufts, said. “I look forward to continu[ing] to work with board members and move on to the next phase of the project after the presentation.”

The Senate allocated $1,250 to the Tufts Magic: The Gathering team to attend the Grand Prix Montreal competition next month; $4,300 to the biotechnology group iGEM; $210 for Tufts Labor Coalition to attend the United Students Against Sweatshops Conference in Austin, Tex.; $1,950 for Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine to hire a speaker for Israeli Apartheid Week next month; $3,024 for Tufts Friends of Israel to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.; $75,000 to Concert Board to hire the Spring Fling opening acts and $4,884 to the Tufts Debate Society to compete in tournaments throughout the year.

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