Stories from Soren Spicknall
If you live in the residence halls or Greek housing here at Illinois Tech, you probably think you know the ropes by now. If you commute to school, you’ve probably still visited one of our residential buildings with friends at one point or another. Still, there are some little things that you may not notice from day to day, and some bigger things that THE SHADOW BOARD OF TRUSTEES IS HIDING FROM YOU.
The most recent meeting of the Undergraduate Studies Committee (UGSC), the body composed largely of faculty and staff which makes major decisions about the future of undergraduate education at Illinois Tech, covered a range of proposals stemming from previous discussions and from new material presented by various departments.
With only 13 of the 21 active senators present, the Student Government Association (SGA)’s latest meeting in Stuart Building room 113 was noticeably more empty than usual. It was the night of the final World Series baseball game (November 2), and even one of the two prospective student organizations slated to present at SGA that night had decided not to come.
Proposed by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Student Government Association (SGA) and formulated throughout last year in a process that involved SGA, the Undergraduate Studies Committee (UGSC), and eventually the University Faculty Council (UFC), Illinois Tech’s new Pass/Fail grading policy will finally come into effect next semester.
Located at the split between the Ashland and Cottage Grove branches of the Green Line, the Garfield stop is a mainstay for a wide variety of CTA customers. Located at Garfield Boulevard (55th Street) and Prairie Avenue, the station straddles the line between the northeastern boundary of Englewood and the western edge of Washington Park, with the University of Chicago beyond it.
In recent years, a body composed of students, Illinois Tech Dining Services staff, and university administration have met twice a month to discuss major decisions involving Sodexo’s dining facilities on campus. Including official representatives of the Student Government Association (SGA), Residence Hall Association (RHA), Office of Campus Life (OCL), and Residence and Greek Life (RGL), Illinois Tech’s Food Advisory Board (FAB) has been responsible for many of the changes to dining in its lifetime.
Though much of the day-to-day business of Illinois Tech’s Student Government Association (SGA) Senate involves working on self-formulated projects and deciding the status of prospective student organizations, its reach is much broader than the group’s most visible facets. Senators are put in a special position of trust by both their constituents and their college, standing as representatives of student opinion in conversations with administrators.
The work of the Undergraduate Studies Committee (UGSC), a body composed largely of faculty members representing each undergraduate academic department at Illinois Tech, is an important step in the process of creating or modifying degree programs, changing institutional academic policies, and setting general education requirements for undergraduate students at the university. While its decisions must be approved by the University Faculty Council (UFC), the UGSC toils independently to formulate important items that come before the UFC.
That sentence, written by student Sanjin Ibrahimovic near the top of a wide-ranging 1990-word post to the Illinois Tech Student Community (ITSC) Facebook group, was the first public sign of simmering discontent over a small new section of the university’s Student Code of Conduct which had been the subject of private outcry among campus activists during the preceding week.
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