December 3, 2001
By Michael Terrazas email@example.com
Interim Provost Woody Hunter opened the Nov. 27 University Senate meeting
in Woodruff Librarys Jones Room by commenting briefly on ongoing
budget discussions and endowment spending. Hunter said endowment spending
accounts for approximately 20 percent of Emorys Educational and
General Budget. This figure, Hunter said, is somewhat higher than average
for educational institutions, and while it provides for more aggressive
budgets during good economic times, it also means slowdowns in the economy
have more of an impact on Emorys spending growth.
Hunter also announced the formation of the Strategic Planning Committee,
which will examine the structure of Arts & Sciences faculty at Emory
(see story). Hunter will co-chair the committee with anthropology Associate
Professor Michelle Lampl.
Employee Council President Bill McBride gave Senate members a draft of
resolution the council is working on to address the Universitys
policy on designated smoking areas. The draft resolution urges the Emory
administration to earmark areas away from all building entrances
and ventilation intake ducts (such as loading docks) as temporary
designated smoking areas until permanent smoking kiosks can be built.
McBride said the resolution hopefully will be finalized at the councils
December meeting, then be brought before the Senate for formal consideration.
Student Government Association President Anna Manasco said, while she
has received a significant number of e-mails from student smokers on this
issue, she has yet to receive any input from nonsmoking students. McBride
urged students to attend the Employee Councils next meeting on Wednesday,
Dec. 12, from 24 p.m. in the Jones Room.
Next on the agenda was a presentation by Erick Gaither, senior associate vice president for business management, and Emory Police Chief Craig Watson on emergency preparedness plans currently under discussion among Emory and its Clifton Corridor neighbors, as well as DeKalb County.
Counting students and campus visitors, Gaither said, there are more than
40,000 people in the corridor at any given moment during the workweek,
and a complete evacuation of so many people would be no small task.
Watson said he and his security counterparts along the corridor have
used a worst-case scenario to make emergency-response plans, which he
said could be modified to address whatever event may occur. He said Emory
is using traffic-management plans developed for Commencement day as a
foundation for new plans.
Watson said his team has divided the campus into four zones, using North
Decatur and Clifton roads as dividing lines, and designed evacuation plans
funneling people away from campus from those four zones, with the goal
being to keep Clifton Road as clear as possible. He said he will begin
working soon with Moses Ector, retiring assistant director of the Georgia
Bureau of Investigation, when Ector becomes DeKalbs first director
of homeland security in December.
To close the meeting, President Bill Chace announced the University has
raised 75 percent of the $415,000 goal of EmoryGives, the revamped workplace-giving
program. The campaign concludes at the end of December, and Chace urged
people to give whatever they can.
The next Senate meeting will be held Jan. 29 at 3:15 p.m. in the Jones
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