Senate Invites Guest Speaker Amy Bibbens, Debriefs Room Draw


Senate adjourned on Monday, April 16 to discuss room draw and ways to achieve academic success. Connor Bloom ’19, Chair of Administrative Affairs and Appropriations Committee (AAA), began by summarizing the results of the Room Draw Survey. A total of 691 students participated in room draw this year, 401 of which participated in the survey. The results displayed that Crown Hall was among the top choices for housing this year. 95% of students got the dorm they wanted while only 4.5% did not get placed in their desired quad. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors living in Mid Quad and South Quad used the block housing feature.

33% of the students wanted gender-inclusive housing, while 47% of them were indifferent to its availability. 64% of the students retained their rooms for the new school year and objected to removing the option to retain rooms. 85% of the students were highly satisfied by room draw according to the rating scale--on a scale from 0 to 5 (5 being most satisfied), most participants rated the experience a 4 out of 5.

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement Amy Bibbens was invited as the guest speaker for Senate. She discussed the importance of academic success with other members of her committee, including Susan Layden, Associate Dean of Students for Academic Success, and Jess Neilson, Assistant Dean of Students for Health, Wellness and Case Management. This committee is designed to help students with disabilities, academic success and time management issues.

Since finals week is quickly approaching, Bibbens advised students to reach out to her committee for academic support. They help to form study groups and engage in peer-tutoring by setting up a student who struggles in a particular subject with another student who has performed well in a given class.

At the end of the meeting, all the chairs introduced themselves and discussed their roles in ASCMC. Bloom manages the budgeting and funding requests of on-campus clubs and ensures they utilize their funds appropriately. Chair of Environmental Affairs Committee Samuel Becker ’19 works to promote the sustainability fund, which is used by students working on environmentally friendly projects. Chair of Student Engagement Committee Max Knowles ’20 works towards gaining a better understanding of the student body to inspire more student involvement on campus. Chair of Innovation and Student Affairs Committee Ryan Chakmak ’19 is responsible for student check-ins during Senate meetings. He works towards improving the technological atmosphere at CMC.

Lastly, Senate discussed the upcoming Bubble Open House put together by ASCMC, CPB and the Art Council, which will take place Friday, April 20 from 9:00-10:30 p.m.