Emory Report

May 1, 2000

 Volume 52, No. 31

University Senate

Provost Rebecca Chopp opened the April 18 meeting by announcing that Robert Paul had been named dean of the graduate school. She also announced that search for a new dean of Campus Life would be accelerated in hopes of having someone in place by September.

Chopp presided over the installation of new Senate officers, officially inducting Claire Sterk as president, Frank Vandall as president-elect and Susan Lee as secretary. Outgoing President John Boli handed the official University Senate gavel over to Sterk, who presided over the rest of the meeting.

Boli then presented certificates to outgoing Senate members including Vandall (whose term would have expired had he not been elected an officer), Helen O'Shea, Jerry Lutz, Jim Curran, Gay Robbins, Bill Size and Ann Rouse. He also gave Terri Lofton a gift for her service supporting both the Senate and Faculty Council.

Todd Schill from Residential Services gave a presentation on the student housing, both undergraduate and graduate/family housing, to be built at University Apartments. He detailed the many amenities of the new facilities, which are due for completion in fall 2002. The UA campus will adhere to the goals of the Campus Master Plan, Schill said, by featuring a perimeter road for automobile travel but encouraging pedestrian traffic in the center of the grounds. He said he hopes to have 200 graduate student beds ready for fall 2001.

The Senate resumed its debate over a resolution regarding Georgia's state flag that was introduced at the March meeting by student Tito Jackson. Despite reservations by some members over whether the Senate should take a public stance on this issue when it has remained silent on other state political matters, the resolution was overwhelmingly approved. It states:

"We, the University Senate of Emory University, believe the incorporation of the confederate battle flag in the Georgia flag in 1956 is an affront to the mutual respect that we at Emory strive to achieve for all who enter our gates. We call on the Georgia Legislature to act now to remove the confederate emblem from the Georgia flag. We ask that the Emory University Board of Trustees join us in this resolution."

A number of members said they didn't want to appear to be pressuring the Board of Trustees to likewise pass the motion, but they felt the Senate should take a stand on the flag issue regardless of what the board does.

The Senate then heard year-ending reports from its standing committees including athletic policy, campus life, campus development and construction, environment, fringe benefits, library policy, and safety and security.

The University Senate will not meet again this academic year.

-Michael Terrazas

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