At Senate, the E-Board discussed the SGA’s collaboration with the Weissman Center for Leadership (WCL) to send five SGA students to the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). This is open to all SGA senators and the program will occur on March 17 and 18 in Washington D.C. More information about this opportunity is available online at the WCL website.
The E-Board discussed the Seven Sisters Leadership Conference (SSLC) that they attended from Nov. 1 through Nov. 3. There, the representatives discussed student life and academics within each of the colleges, among other topics.
The Academic Priorities Committee (APC) presented at Senate. The committee brought up the new requirement system being proposed at Mount Holyoke. These include three humanities, two social science, two science and math and one First-year seminar courses in addition to four P.E. credits. The First-year seminar courses will not be able to count towards other distribution requirements. Students will also be expected to take 68 credits outside of their major. The language requirement, which was originally taken out of the proposal, was recently added back in. Discussions about club sports counting for credits is also being discussed. The Multicultural and lab requirements have been removed under this proposal.
Senators expressed their opinions regarding this new proposal and voted 49 to 7 in favor, with one abstention to review the APC’s proposal of the distribution requirements.
President Lynn Pasquerella attended the Senate meeting and responded to students’ concerns, suggestions and questions about MHC. Students voiced concerns about the distribution requirements, academic advising, the College’s retention rate, financial aid and the administration’s overall transparency.