Photo description: Various club members attend the student senate meeting, keeping up with changes being made throughout campus.
Photo credit: Kayla Korb
The Student Senate began the fall semester by creating a new Instagram account to reach more students and publicize club events.
The Senate’s new Instagram account – @cune_studentsenate – will post updates on Senate projects and repost information about events hosted by Senate-sponsored clubs.
Senate Secretary Emma VanTol leads the Public Relations Committee and manages the Senate Instagram account. She said that sharing posts made by Senate-sponsored clubs can help reach a greater number of students.
“If your club tags the Student Senate Instagram in their posts, then I can reshare it so that people can see them a little bit more,” VanTol said, noting that it gives club events “more publicity.”
VanTol also stressed the importance of club representatives attending the weekly Senate meetings. Clubs that apply for official status can only maintain their Senate sponsorships by sending a representative each week, with two grace absences allowed.
Only Senate-sponsored clubs can request and receive budgets from the Senate each year. Additionally, Senate-sponsored clubs are listed on the Concordia website, which lets prospective and incoming students know what clubs are offered on campus.
Though Senate-sponsored clubs receive more benefits, VanTol said that even unofficial clubs should send representatives to make their voices heard.
“We want as many club voices in here as possible, whether it’s official (Senate-sponsored) or not,” VanTol said.
Treasurer Alec Johnston also updated Senate representatives on the ongoing outdoor chapel project. The outdoor chapel is located behind the back parking lot of the David dorm and next to the baseball hitting center. The Senate installed chapel benches last semester and currently is working to install a firepit.
According to Johnston, the firepit will be 5 feet in diameter and made of stone pavers. He has scheduled a workday to install the pavers on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Johnston said the Senate hopes to install the firepit by Homecoming weekend so students can use the space for a special Praise worship service. The Senate aims to eventually install a wood rack at the outdoor chapel as well as a large cross, he added.