By Carolyn Stransky
Food critics united to hear updates at the Beloit Student Congress meeting on Monday, Dec. 5. The meeting opened with a student forum featuring Christina Klawitter, the dean of students, to discuss the latest updates from the Food Service Task Force.
The main points were the results of student input over the past few months. Six primary issues that have been expressed: the food we eat, access to that food, using food as a vehicle for learning, the spaces in which we eat, our catering needs and the current staff at the college. Several of the points mentioned included remodeling DK’s, increasing innovation in food options, a more flexible meal plan and the possibility of hiring a food management company that will fit into the Beloit system already in place.
The Food Service Task Force is looking to submit proposals in early January, and host meetings and presentations the last week of January. February 15, 2012, is the expected closing date of this process.
Following the student forum was a business section full of fresh guests and new ideas. Jim Zielinski, director of admissions, opened with talk of new ways to host prospective students for the class of 2016. With the elimination of Presidential Scholars weekends came the installment of three official accepted students weekends. During these weekends, the Center for the Sciences will be the host of the academic session, as well as a clubs/activities fair on the upper three floors. Zielinski encourages all groups to begin thinking of how they wish to be represented at this event.
The Buncha-K process continued for the final stretch of the meeting. After first reviewing the amendments from last week, three new proposals were voted on this week.
Beloit College Democrats asked for $5,000 to purchase new student IDs that comply with the new Wisconsin Voter ID law through Residential Life for the sophomore through senior classes.
Music House and Art House asked for $250 for a new basketball hoop for their courtyard. The new hoop would be durable and open to all students.
Bike Club and OEC asked for $1,753 to provide bicycles to interested students, as well as other tools for maintaining the bicycles.
These amendments will be reviewed at the final BSC meeting of the semester on Monday, Dec. 12.