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Students announce plans to run for URI Senate presidency

By Jake Marrocco
On February 25, 2013

Sophomore Chief Information Officer Matt Kilduff and junior Cultural Committee Chairman Chris Cicero announced their candidacy for president and vice president at the University of Rhode Island Student Senate's meeting last night.

    Kilduff said the duo would like to focus on improving Senate connections with various departments and groups on campus, as well as helping the organization smoothly transition into next year. Kilduff assured the Senate that he and Cicero "are going to be a team in this."

    The candidates released their plans for each of the committees within Senate and how they intend on improving them.

    For the Academic Affairs and External Affairs Committees, Kilduff said he would like to see liaisons become closer with their deans and cultivate more connections with them.  They would also like to see members of External Affairs attend town council meetings for areas such as Narragansett, a region that is rampant with URI students.  

    In matters of the Campus Affairs, the candidates want to tackle university accountability. The recent handling of the displacement of students because of Blizzard Nemo and the $400 increase of materials included in the standard meal plan were two issues the two cited. 

    "A lot of students were displaced," Kilduff said. "They were put in the Ryan Center where they had no sheets, no mattresses and they had to sleep in a room where their stuff could easily be stolen from them, and we haven't done anything about it. Every single one of you [in Senate] needs to step up and have a bigger voice on campus."

    Kilduff said that he and his running mate would like to improve the system that classifies groups and clubs on campus, which is the major change they want to see for the Student Organization Advisory and Review Committee. 

    The final area of the organization that will see alteration is the Finance Committee, where Kilduff and Cicero want to make groups more accountable if their events fail after being allotted Senate funds.  Kilduff says that this would give incentive for groups to become better and focus more on creating successful events.

    No one else has declared his or her candidacy for the positions. 




    The Senate approved a contingency grant for the Slam Poetry Club to bring spoken word poet, Rudy Francisco, to the campus for a performance.  Francisco was the 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Champion, the 2010 San Francisco Grand Slam Champion, the 2010 San Diego Grand Slam Champion and the 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion.  The event will be held on April 2 in the Harge Forum Room at the Multicultural Center. Tickets are $5 and the group is expecting more than 100 people to attend.

    The Senate will vote next week on the recognition of Collegiate SMILE and Compost URI.  Collegiate SMILE would provide mentoring and assist members in discovering career opportunities and possibilities.  Compost URI primarily focuses on improving the environment on campus by the implementation of composting, which is using decaying matter as soil.

    The Senate will vote next week on a co-sponsorship request for the Graduate Student Association.  GSA is asking for $450 to help run their 5K Road Race.

    Sophomore Jacob Lanoie beat freshman Aristides Kappatos in the internal election for At-Large Representative.  The vote served as a tiebreaker between the two.

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