Senate unanimously passes AED, alcohol sales resolutions

The Students’ Association unanimously passed a resolution at Monday’s meeting in support of placing Automated External Defibrillators in every public building and residence hall on campus.

Resolution 15-14-R would ensure that an AED would be placed in 85 buildings on campus. The cost per AED is around $1,200, which would add up to $102,000.

“If we could save even one life with that, that’s a very small price to pay,” Sen. Nick Lorang said in support of the resolution after calculating the total costs of the AEDs.

There are currently 11 AEDs placed in six buildings across campus: Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center, HPER Center, the Barn, Performing Arts Center, Pugsley Hall and the Wellness Center.

SA also unanimously passed Resolution 15-16-R, supporting alcohol sales on South Dakota university campuses.

The resolution did not support a “bar in The Union” or a “wet campus,” according to Vice President Matt Dahle. Alcohol sales would be for certain events for the university such as fundraising events or sporting events.

In addition, SA agreed on a new logo for the organization by unanimously passing Ordinance 15-15-O. The Journalism Club New Venture Fund recommendation for $1,335.84 was also approved, and a Special Allocation of $710 was given to Jacks for Life to fund transportation costs from the group’s trip to Washington D.C.

In the Future Topics for Discussion portion of the meeting, Sen. Robert McLean encouraged senators to have a discussion about having more staff members in mental health on campus.

The current ratio of mental health staff to students is 1:2,100, which is under the university’s goal for staffing. President Caleb Finck said that the counseling center has seen about 60 more students at this point in the semester than usual.

Interest in an ice rink on campus was brought up again.

The next Students’ Association meeting will be Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Lewis and Clark room in The Union.