Bridget Riordan opened the years final University Senate
meeting, held April 23 in the Woodruff Librarys Jones Room,
with a presentation on student alcohol use and conduct violations.
Riordan cited a study by a Harvard researcher claiming that 43
percent of college students are binge drinkers (defined
as consuming five or more drinks at one sitting), and she estimated
that, from anecdotal evidence, as much as 80 percent of underage
Emory students have fake IDs showing them to be over 21. However,
Riordan said, recent changes to Dooleys Ball and close work
with University fraternities have resulted in fewer alcohol-related
health and behavior problems at student functions.
Next, the Senate opened the floor for discussion of the recently
announced changes to the University benefits plan. On hand were
Judith Miller, John Boli and Robert Agnew, representing an ad hoc
group of Emory College faculty studying the benefits issue. Miller
said the group is working on a series of charts explaining how the
benefits changes will affect various constituencies such as retirees.
President Bill Chace asked about the structure of the Senate, specifically
about the role of the fringe benefits committee, which in March
issued a report on benefits that Chace said figured heavily in the
administrations final decision. Miller and Boli thanked Sid
Stein, who chairs the committee, but said the ad hoc group is a
more grassroots effort, citing the open letter it circulated around
campus earlier this month and presented to the administration with
nearly 1,000 signatures in support.
Alice Miller, vice president for Human Resources, said she would
work with the ad hoc group to provide whatever data they request.
Chace said the University would make available any data regarding
budget and finances except for specific information on personal
Chairs of the Senates committees then presented year-ending
reports. Highlights included:
Safety and security
(Paula Bechtler): Examining pedestrian traffic across
Clifton Road, specifically between the nursing and public health
schools and the 1525 Building, and between WHSCAB and Childrens
Healthcare, and how safety can be improved.
Athletic policy (Ruth
Pagel): Lobbying for renovations to the P.E. Center roof,
and examining student financial aid issues that have come to light
after conversations with Emory varsity athletics coaches.
(Ray DuVarney): Reviewing design and construction plans
for capital projects, including the renovation of Candler Library
and the Yerkes parking deck and neuroscience building. DuVarney
also announced he is stepping down after seven years as committee
(Don Shure): Enhancing an already strong relationship
with planners and project managers in Facilities Management. Shure
said the committee voted its conscience when it failed
to approve the Yerkes parking deck, but he acknowledged the lack
of alternatives and conceded the project will move forward.
Fringe benefits (Stein):
Aside from studying proposed benefits plan changes, examining issues
such as the restructuring of Emory Healthcare, long-term care insurance,
legal changes regarding retirement plans and future revisions to
EmoryCare and EmoryChoice.
Honorary degrees (Judy
Raggi Moore): Researching and presenting honorary degree
candidates, as well as improving communication processes. Raggi
Moore praised a new student honorary degrees committee created within
the Student Government Association.
Library policy (Steve
Strange): Participating in design planning for the Candler
Library renovation and studying the issue of shelf space in the
Woodruff Library stacks. Next spring the library will install moveable
shelves floor by floor, which will require the removal of each floors
holdings to a temporary storage space. Same-day access to relocated
materials could be provided, according to Joan Gotwals, vice provost
and director of University Libraries.
Traffic and parking
(Kim Turner): Studying the option of tying parking rate
structures to vehicle size (there is insufficient support to move
forward on this, Turner said) and addressing the parking appeals
process. Turner also moved the committees name be changed
to Parking and Transportation, and the change was approved
by unanimous vote.
Following committee reports, past-president Frank Vandall (sitting
in for newly installed President William Branch, who could not attend)
installed Susan Lee as Senate secretary.
The University Senate will reconvene in the fall.
If you have
a question or concern for University Senate, e-mail William Branch