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ASCSU hears resolutions on recorded lectures, break housing

Graphic illustration of the ASCSU senate chambers at Colorado State University. Text states "ASCSU Coverage"
(Graphic Illustration by Christine Moore-Bonbright | The Collegian)

The Associated Students of Colorado State University convened Nov. 10 for their 11th meeting of the semester. ASCSU swore in a new senator and Residence Hall Association liaison and heard presentations on two new pieces of legislation.

Charlie Williamson was sworn in as a senator for the Pride Resource Center, and Adam Harkins was sworn in as RHA liaison.

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ASCSU also heard Resolution 1507, “Recorded Lectures for Classroom Comprehension,” a resolution which proposes introducing mandatory recorded lectures by professors and teaching assistants covering course material.

The resolution asserts that students prefer a combination of live lectures and recorded lectures, and implementing mandatory recorded lectures will give students, professors and staff more flexibility in their schedules. The resolution states that mandatory recorded lectures will also help with the University’s contingency plan against future events, such as a pandemic, and help increase access for those with disabilities. 

The resolution also states that professors across campus have expressed support for mandatory recorded lectures, and that these lectures wouldn’t violate academic integrity. 

“This resolution just serves to show the administration and faculty alike that students would like some format of recorded lectures to be presented on the school’s official student portal, i.e., Canvas,” said Senator Brandon Baum, author of the resolution. “(Recorded lectures) should be mutually beneficial for all parties without damaging the academic prowess of CSU.”

Senators raised concerns over students and faculty misusing the recorded lectures. Mia Ritter, senator for the Native American Cultural Center and the Diversity & Inclusion Caucus chair, voiced concerns over whether faculty would reuse the same recorded lectures.

Our goal here is to make it more affordable and hopefully increase student housing during the breaks- Rithik Correa, senator for the Office of International Programs

The resolution will be sent to the University Affairs Committee.

“The recorded lectures (are) there just to support you during the entire academic semester, and hopefully, with this, students will be more engaged and have better grades,” Baum said.

ASCSU then heard Resolution 1508, “Separating Food From Housing Over CSU Breaks.” According to the resolution, students should “have more discretion regarding their food choices and how they spend the $20 that they are being forced to transfer into RamCash when opting into break housing.”

The goal of the resolution is to have the daily $20 cost of housing over breaks be separated from the daily $20 of RamCash and allow students to choose if they would like to transfer that money into RamCash instead of requiring them to.

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“Me and the authors want the students to have a certain degree of power on their own spending,” said Rithik Correa, senator for the Office of International Programs and an author of the resolution. “I do not want them to have to pay the $20 that goes through RamCash. Instead, I want them to have more discretion if they want to choose to go off campus.”

According to the resolution, having more discretion over money will entice more students to stay on campus over breaks, and in turn give them more housing and food security and make expenses more affordable.

“Our goal here is to make it more affordable and hopefully increase student housing during the breaks,” Correa said. “This affects a lot of international students; it affects a lot of students with marginalized identities, students that for whatever reason cannot go home.”

The resolution will be sent to the University Affairs Committee and the Budgetary Affairs Committee.

Reach Piper Russell at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @PiperRussell10

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Piper Russell is one of The Collegian’s news editors this year and is thrilled to be working in the role. She started as a news reporter her sophomore year, covering news happening around the Colorado State University campus and the Fort Collins community. She continued to cover CSU and Fort Collins news as well as the Associated Students of CSU during her junior year. Russell is now a senior double majoring in journalism and media communication and Spanish. Although she began college undeclared, she quickly discovered her passion for journalism through the classes she took at CSU and her work at The Collegian. She’s always loved all things involving reading and writing, so working at The Collegian ended up being the perfect fit. As news editor, Russell ensures The Collegian covers important CSU and Fort Collins news accurately, truthfully and thoroughly. The Collegian has already given her many opportunities to hone her writing and reporting skills. She is very grateful and excited to have a leadership position at The Collegian, which will allow her to continue to grow as a reporter and editor. As well as writing, Russell can be found skiing, hiking, rafting and doing pretty much anything else outdoors, as she’s from the mountains. She loves traveling and hopes to do more of it in the future. She will also read any book she can get her hands on.

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