Student Welfare committee discusses separated gym hours

Danielle Huber
Staff Writer

Franciscan University Student Government’s Student Welfare committee said at Wednesday’s meeting that it has discussed polling students to measure interest in separated male and female gym hours once a week.

“There are a lot of students who find the gym very uncomfortable,” said sophomore Sen. Emilia DeGroat, a member of the Student Welfare committee. “Some don’t, but many are talking about how other colleges have separate gyms, which we don’t have the facilities for.”

DeGroat said she could potentially see the Flex Room becoming female only. She said there are many people who prefer to have a separate space due to vulnerability.

“I think it’s important to listen to the student body,” she said.

Action will not be taken until there is further discussion by the committee.

Spring Bill #18 allocated $1,240.84 for the purchase of Dunkin coffee and donuts after the 10 a.m. Masses Feb. 6, Feb. 27, April 24 and May 8. Gluten free options will be available.

Senior President Alex McKenna addressed the new rules of the FUSG office located near the Gentile Gallery in the J.C. Williams Center. He said the office will now be solely used as a place of official business for, but not limited to, the Troubadour, FUSG and Vocations Outreach.

If anyone would like to meet in the FUSG office, permission is required in writing from the FUSG president. Requests can be made to [email protected].

Co-FUSG advisor David Schmiesing said this semester is the smallest member turnover from fall to spring semester in 20 years. He said he expects good results from the members.

“This should be the most effective student government semester in the history of Franciscan,” he said.

Dan Dentino, co-advisor of FUSG, said there were over over 200 pages of comments collected from the student engagement survey administered last semester. He said he is excited to work with the comments to improve the student experience on campus with the help of FUSG and Student Life.

In other business:

  • Spring Bill #11 allocated $626.46 to pay for the fall 2021 drive-in movie theatre and movie rights. The cost of the event exceeded the amount of budget money allocated for Fall Bill #32.
  • Spring Bill #12 allocated $346 for the Sundae for Your Sunday event in fall 2021. A bill could not be submitted for last semester due to inability to verify payment.
  • Spring Bill #9 allocated $294.12 for the purchase of two hotel rooms for students stranded by snow at the airport at the beginning of the semester.
  • Spring Bill #16 allocated $150.81 to the Political Science Association for refreshments at a panel event Jan. 24.

Best Dressed awards went to sophomore Sen. James Duarte and DeGroat.

FUSG meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the St. Leo Room.


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