Category: 25th Session

2011-2012 Academic Year

Join Senate: Elections are Quickly Approaching!

Spring break is coming up very quickly, but soon after that, general elections start for Student Senate! Here is all the information you need to know about running for a Student Senate position!

General Elections Calendar of Events

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Diversity Interest Senator Calendar of Events

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Also, Make sure to check out the official candidate rules located, here or under the “Get Involved” tab on the website!

2013 Election Rules


Student Affairs Update

Hello all!

I am Breanna Thompson and this year I am representing you as Senator at Large and Chair of the Student Affairs Committee.  I am proud to say that so far this year Student Affairs has made a substantial impact on campus and hopes to continue doing so with your input and assistance throughout second semester.  As you may or may not know, Student Affairs works largely with student organizations, and more particularly with the establishment of new organizations on campus.  We also choose new organizations to become annually funded and help run the Diversity Interest elections.  Although these are our primary functions as a committee, Student Affairs is not limited in that capacity and would love to hear any ideas, feedback, etc. from students about how to improve these processes (or really anything on campus).

Fall 2012 was a busy and productive semester for SAC. We approved 12 new organizations and 1 ad hoc organization that were then recognized by the Student Senate and University (listed below).  These new organizations provide great new opportunities for involvement across campus and I look forward to seeing them grow.

Student Affairs ended first semester with the annual funding approval process. After receiving applications and hearing from leadership of 7 (already established) organizations, the committee approved both DRxUGS and UNICEF at Drake.  They were recommended to the Senate to become annually funded organizations and were approved.  Congratulations to both organizations!

Other slightly more minor projects that Student Affairs will be working on in the spring include adding an appeals process to the SAC bylaws and working to bridge the gap between organizations not completely covered under Diversity Interest and the Organizational Committee.  Committee members are reaching out to these organizations and gathering feedback to be used to help better serve the needs of these organizations.

Additionally, we look forward to working with the Diversity Interest Senators to conduct and revamp the Diversity Interest elections.  If you or anyone you know is at all interested in becoming a Diversity Interest Senator, don’t hesitate to run!  It is a unique position that is truly important to what goes down around the table.

So that is a little bit about Student Affairs and what we do for the student body and Student Senate.  Guests are always welcome to come to out committee meetings (Tuesdays at 9:00pm in the Pomerantz Conference Room in Olmsted) or contact me with questions, concerns, feedback, etc.  I (and my committee) am here to serve you!

Lastly, if you are interested in any organizations on campus or starting your own, be sure to check out the Community Website for information (

Senate love,

New Organizations – Fall 2012:

Chabad at Drake
Wrestling Club
Drake University Chapter of the International Trombone Association Chapter (DUCITA)
Gamma Iota Sigma
Bulldog Swing Society
Japanese Club
Bulldogs for Barack (Ad Hoc)
Drake Baseball Club
Dogtown After Hours
Drake Honors Magazine (DUH)

Meeting 12/6/12

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Student Senate Meeting 11/29/2012

Technology Update from Senator Joey Gale

Hey Drake students!

Joey Gale here, your Student Senate Technology Liaison.  First off I would like to thank you for your fantastic input you have given me and the other senators this year. You are the ones with the voice; we make your ideas possible. With that being said, a great deal has happened this year in the realm of the Tech Liaison.

What has happened so far:

  • Successfully upgraded our CenturyLink bandwidth from 200 to 400 megabits.
  • Approved and implemented new Board of Student Communication bylaws
  • Passed a recommendation to Drake OIT to install LCD presentations TV’s and Projectors in multiple locations across campus.
  • Attended all of the DUIT meetings this year to stay informed with Drake OIT
  • Provided input to the BSC to move publication websites to the new CMS hosted at Drake.
  • Looked at and reviewed Xerox at Drake with many faculty members
  • Proposed the ability to install quick tabs on blueView in conjunction with Drake OIT.
  • Providing input on which lecture capture software Drake should use.

What I will continue to do:

  • Work on securing the the projectors and TV’s in the meeting spaces
  • Oversee student reactions positively to the new Drake website that goes live on January 5-6 2013.
  • Serve to seek and promote students advice and ideas to better our university.
  • Use social media as a tool to communicate with students.
  • Continue to attend the rest of the DUIT meetings this year.
  • Seek more input on Xerox at Drake from a student perspective.
  • Develop more feedback for the uses of a Drake ID.


As always I look forward to your tweets (@joeyjgale), posts and comments on what we can do to not only make our university better, but how we can strive to be the best. I wish you all great luck with your finals, and look forward to a superb second semester in 2013.


Joey Gale
Student Senator at Large
Technology Liaison

From the President’s Desk – Blog #6

I think I can speak for the majority of Drake’s student body, when I say thank goodness it’s Thanksgiving Break. Before I give some fun Turkey Day facts I would like to give a few shout outs. My first congratulation goes to Drake’s Football team on winning the PFL championship for the second year in a row! We are proud of you guys, thanks for giving it your all for two consecutive years. The International Students Association also put on a widely attended and successful event on Saturday full of performances and delicious food.  Thanks for all of the students who made that event such a success! Lastly, Drake’s choirs performed a phenomenal concert on Sunday to a full audience in Sheslow – fantastic job!


Now,  in honor of this great American holiday, here are a few  fun facts… Enjoy!

• The first Thanksgiving lasted 3 days

• In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for Thanksgiving

• Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada

• In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season. (Black Friday anyone?)


Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving  –  eat a lot, catch up on sleep and enjoy the last bit of home before the last stretch of finals!


Senate Meeting 11/15/12

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Academic Affairs Update

Hello Everyone,

My name is Stephen Slade, and I am a senior biology (PreMed) major. I have been involved with Student Senate since my first year. This year, I have the pleasure of serving as the chair of the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC for short, since the ‘AA Committee’ did not sound appropriate!). It is composed of the academic senators, and so far we have had quite a busy semester. Listed are a few things we have done so far, what projects we have going on right now and others that we are moving toward in the future semester. Enjoy!


  • Investigated the ± grading issue (goes to Faculty Senate for further discussion this week)
  • Helped coordinate the Town Hall meeting and meetings with Faculty Senate members
  • Surveyed students
  • Perused literature from other institutions and its effects
  • Found data regarding the effects of a potential switch based on numbers within the university
  • Held an Academic Affairs Dinner was a chance for members of Student Senate, Faculty Senate, Deans, Associate Deans, and administrators to discuss academic issues face-to-face
  • Compiled a template for advisors and students to use during their initial meetings to learn what resources are available and foster closer relationships with advisors


  • Seek better incorporation of advising principles into the first-year experience
  • Compile requirements and four-year plans from each major into a central location for students and advisors to easily access
  • Propose a resolution to make it easier for music students to waive course overload fees for participation in ensembles
  • Improve potentially deceptive information about how additive and non-additive scholarships work, along with easier access from a central financial aid page for prospective students
  • Identify Task Implementation Groups for the University Strategic Plan, Goal 1 about improving Drake academics
  • Check with OIT (Office of Information Technology) about the presence of Moodle instead of Blackboard in use by faculty
  • Work with the Office of Student Records and college offices to improve the degree audit function on blueView to let students and advisors better view progress on graduation requirements
  • Find location online for professors to provide their office hours to students and advisees
  • Raise student awareness of the gravity of course evaluations on professors and classes (they go to a Promotion and Tenure committee for at least all assistant professors)
  • Suggest that evaluations be provided at the beginning of the hour rather than at the end where it competes with students being first in line for lunch


  • Make a resolution to suggest that Faculty Senate make midterm grades mandatory for all classes
  • Midterm course evaluations
  • Push for increased digital assignment submission
  • jTerm evaluation
  • Determine the best jTerm registration solution for the future
  • Look into the “XX” that is placed on transcripts for courses that are retaken
  • Investigate ways to encourage first-years, in particular, to approach professors more openly
  • Increase Blackboard usage among faculty for better access to grades and course documents
  • Push to go more paperless
  • Recommend what types of technology should be added to classrooms
  • Look into the possibility of a university-wide calendar for academic and organization events with the option to filter and subscribe to particular items
  • Streamline blueView to distill the most pertinent information to a single page

The future list is always growing, and we would love to hear what items you would like to see us accomplish! Please contact me with ideas, grievances, or if you want to know how you can get involved!

Good luck with the end of the semester!

Stephen Slade
Student Senator at Large
Academic Affairs Chair

Student Services Update

Hello Bulldogs!

I am so excited to be able to serve as your Student Services Senator this year.  I have been off to a great start this year, especially with so much interest and involvement from students on the facebook page. The feedback has been amazing so please keep it coming! There have been so many questions of yours that I have been able to answer already – I hope to continue to serve you to my full capacity as Student Services Senator.In my short time as senator, I have been able to work with Sodexo and campus facilities to make you feel more at home and the response from all of you has been overwhelming but also extremely encouraging for me as your Student Services Senator-at Large.

Currently, I am working on improving Sodexo’s food variety at North Hubble (getting French bread pizza), getting straws at South Hubble, making changes to the international station and getting suggestions from students on what more they wish their Drake ID’s could do (including building access and security).

This semester, I will continue to work on work on improving what we already have at Drake and by next semester my goal is to bring more to this amazing campus and student body – we could potentially see improvements such as an ice cream bar and fro-yo! Fingers crossed!

For those who are not a part of the Facebook group, I have put the link below:

Student Senate: Student Services Facebook Page

Feel free to write about anything you would like to see happen at Drake, and I will try to help you at my best of abilities!

Thank you!

Ekta Haria
Student Services Senator