South African Senate urges GW to phase out funding for fossil fuel research – The GW Hatchet

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The Student Association Senate on Monday passed a resolution calling on the University to phase out research funding received from companies in the fossil fuel industry.

Senators unanimously passed the No Fossil Fuel Money Act, sponsored by SA Senator Sofia Packer, U-at-Large, calling on administrators to eventually ban research funding from the fossil fuel industry, including including companies like Exxon Mobil and Chevron. The resolution comes as Sunrise GW continues its campaign to pressure officials to enact a funding ban on a line of the nation’s largest fossil fuel companies through protests and a petition.

“If not for the sake of future generations and our planet, then for academic honesty and the principles on which GW is built, we must commit to phasing out funding for the worst offenders of the climate crisis,” he said. Packer said.

Sunrise GW has openly opposed GW’s ties to fossil fuel companies over the past two years, pushing for the closure of the Center for Regulatory Studies and demanding divestment from the fossil fuel industry – a commitment that GW announced last year.

“We are very pleased that the SA has done the right thing and called on the administration to ban fossil fuel industry funding to GW,” Sunrise GW said in a statement. “We hope this signals to the administration and board of trustees the student body’s support for the No Fossil Fuel Money campaign and that they take action to end the influence of the fossil fuel industry on campus. .”

Various SA leaders have called on the University to fire Alicia Bitler, a GWTeach professor who said the N-word during anti-racism class, and Marie Matta, a business school professor who refused the dog. assistance from a student of the class, during a public comment and prepared remarks. SA President Brandon Hill said he and SA Vice President Kate Carpenter recently met with acting university president Mark Wrighton to discuss the incidents and call for the professors to be removed. .

Hill said executive branch members met with Princeton Review officials and GW Libraries administrators last week to purchase GRE, LSAT and MCAT prep books for the Gelman Library’s Top Textbooks program, which reserves books for courses with expensive courses for all GW students. . He also announced that he joined other student government presidents in calling on President Joe Biden to cancel student debt.

Carpenter read a statement on behalf of SA Senator Gabriel Young, CCAS-U, who was not at the meeting, saying he was concerned about posters placed on campus depicting a Chinese curler pushing a coronavirus molecule because ‘It could be interpreted as racist towards Asian students on campus.

“Throughout the pandemic, the Asian American community has been the target of racial violence due to violent rhetoric associated with the Asian American community with the virus due to the impacts of geopolitical rhetoric,” Young said in his statement. .

Christy Anthony, Director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, outlined the changes SRR is currently proposing to the Academic Integrity Code that the Senate will vote on in March. Anthony said the proposed changes would define academic exercises, such as exams and assignments, and remove the words “intentionally” and “knowingly” from the code so students don’t need to prove their intent to tamper with information.

“We deleted intentionally or knowingly because the verb here is falsifying, presumably implying it was done with intent and knowledge,” Anthony said. “And we went out without permission. We had a hard time imagining a situation in which the deliberate falsification of information would be allowed.

Senators unanimously passed a bill to provide $8,420 to the Club Sports Council to lease land for 12 club sports teams at a sports complex in Springfield, Virginia. Senior Hailey Stephany, president of GW Women’s Club Lacrosse, said the board had to rent a third-party pitch because the Mount Vernon campus pitches don’t have pitch lights for late-night practices. .

“GW is one of the few Division I schools that doesn’t have any lighted grounds on any campus,” Stephany said.

The Senate unanimously passed the Disciplinary Attendance Reform Act, sponsored by SA Senator Cordelia Scales, SEAS-U and Acting Senate President, to update attendance requirements for senators in order to include a section on “inaction”. The bill states that any senator who fails to attend three consecutive meetings or six full non-consecutive Senate meetings during their term shall be considered “inactive” and eligible for suspension by the Governance and Nominating Committee. .

Once they receive a notice of non-performance, Governance and Appointment will schedule a hearing within 14 days of notice from the absent senator. The committee will then assess whether to recommend their reinstatement to the Senate.

The legislation also states that senators who fail to attend four consecutive meetings or eight non-consecutive Senate committee meetings during their term will also be considered eligible for suspension. The bill states that a motion to suspend a senator requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate to pass.

Previously, the statutes did not include opt-out provisions and stated that senators must hold a hearing within five days of notification instead of the updated 14 days.

The next meeting of the Senate will take place on February 28 at 8:30 p.m. at the Student Center of the University.

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