Senate Notebook is a regular news feature with the goal to keep students up to date on what Student Senate is up to. Senate meets every Wednesday at 9 p.m. in the Brehme Conference Center. Guests are welcome to attend.
David King, university president, Steve Jensen, chair of Faculty Senate and professor of English and Chris Abrams, vice president of enrollment spoke at Senate on March 19. They addressed budget cuts and allowed students to ask questions. So many students attended that there was standing room only.
King, Jensen and Abrams did not announce which academic programs might be eliminated or combined with other programs because the cuts are not yet finalized. They did say decisions about academic cuts will most likely be finalized at the May board meeting, which will take place the week after commencement.
Jensen said all tenure and tenure track professors have already been offered a position for next year.
Due to accreditation, Malone is required to offer courses for any eliminated academic programs until all current students enrolled in the program have a chance to complete it.
King said no other athletic programs outside of tennis will be cut at this time. There is still a possibility for athletic cuts in the future.
At the end of the meeting, King asked students to continue praying for Malone and the decisions that are currently being made. There will be a time for students, faculty and staff to pray together on March 25 at 10:30 a.m. in the Stewart Room.
Student Senate elections were held on March 18. Mike Terry, junior Bible and theology major, and Andrea Maier, sophomore early childhood major were confirmed as student body president and vice president, respectively. They ran unopposed.
Senate proposed a new housing policy regarding athletes now being required to live on campus. Their proposal was somewhat passed, changing the on-campus requirement to allow current juniors to live off campus next year.