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Senate met for the last time this semester to recap the work of different committees and approve funding requests.

Senate funded $400 to the African Student Association for drinks and food for a fundraiser on awareness of human rights in Libya. The event aims to target 200 people, but Campus Improvements Committee Chair Biniyam Asnake ’20 suggested ordering food in shifts to ensure none is wasted and the budget is spent effectively. The Senate also funded $1000 to the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team that consists of 10 CMC members. Lastly, the Senate funded $2750 to the Campus Improvements Committee for the installment of Nido hammocks. Asnake and Vice President of ASCMC Patrick Elliott ’19 have been working on the installment of these hammocks outside Beckett the entire semester, and they should be ready to use when students return next semester.

Senate now has $9400 remaining in its budget for spring semester which is approximately the same as last year’s budget at this point in the semester. With this, Senate concluded an overall positive standing with respect to the budget.

Asnake is still in the process of working with Storyhouse to add more washing machines and dryers in North Quad. He along with committee members is also working on a more student-friendly contact page for each Executive Board Member.

Environmental Affairs Committee Chair Sam Becker ’19 is in conversation with Storyhouse about making package notifications digital to cut down on paper waste. The committee is also working on installing food compositing systems in dining facilities at the Athenaeum and Collins.

Alumni Relations Committee Head Kyleigh Mann ’18 suggested drafting an alumni-inform email to notify students about the presence of alumni on campus and aims to work on putting up more flyers around campus. President of ASCMC Sami Malas ’19 informed Senate about staff appreciation across campus for the next week. Students can contribute towards the purchasing of staff gifts and also sign banners outside Ath tea tomorrow.

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Mrinalini Bhushan is a Freshman from New Delhi, India. If you were to spot her in a crowd full of people, she would probably be the loudest and super energetic. She describes herself as a people's person, always ready to hear people's stories and make new friends. She loves spending her time traveling, reading and going on outdoor adventures! At CMC, wishes to pursue Psychology and Economics. Writing to her is an outlet to express her emotions, and her favorite form is poetry. Next time you hear a really loud and bubbly Indian girl, feel free to stop by and say hi!