ASG discusses sustainability

Joseph Tingley , News Editor

Allegheny Student Government Senator Walter Stover, ’17, announced the results of the 2016 October Energy Challenge at ASG’s general assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 8. According to Stover, the challenge saved the college approximately $11,000.

The October Energy Challenge seeks to limit the amount of energy Allegheny consumes in the month of October. The savings are then used to fund sustainability measures on campus.

ASG’s Committee on Sustainability will be meeting with Allegheny’s Sustainability Coordinator Kelly Boulton to decide how to best allocate the funds saved during the challenge.

Stover made the announcement in place of Levi Lundell, ’17, director of sustainability, who was not present for the meeting.

Realistically I don’t think a lot of people will use this, but it’s a way to be more transparent.

— Mark Myers

Director of Communications and Press, Mark Myers, ’19, announced in his report that he and his committee are considering beginning to livestream ASG’s weekly meetings.

“It will be a great way to engage with people,” Myers said.

Class of 2017 Senator Amy Currul voiced concerns about the idea in terms of practicality.

“We’ve talked about this before, but who would be doing it has always been the question,” Currul said.

Myers said he plans to simply use his phone or ASG’s ipad to livestream the meetings. He said as long as he gets a steady shot, the quality should be good.

“Realistically I don’t think a lot of people will use this, but it’s a way to be more transparent,” Myers said.

Livestreaming from meetings that are held in the lobby of the campus center, Myers said, would be a challenge because of how spread out members are at those meetings.

Class of 2020 Vice President Jason Ferrante also voiced concerns that sound quality, especially for soft spoken individuals, might be an issue.

Vice President Sofia Kaufman, ’17, said it might also be worth speaking with the communications arts department about having someone help with livestreaming the meetings.

Stover voiced his concern that livestreaming ASG’s meetings might lead to confidential or sensitive information being released inadvertently. Kaufman said general assembly meetings are open to the public, and if an executive session was needed, the livestreaming would be turned off.

“Most of the things that are said are put in the minutes anyway,” Kaufman said.

The Class of 2017 announced that they are continuing to work on bringing Winterfest back as a college event in January. Currul said Gator Activities Programming has said it is too busy to plan the event.

“I am trying to get that to be an entirely ASG event,” Currul said.

The Class of 2018 said it would be partnering with the senior class to help plan Winterfest.

The Class of 2020 said that it is continuing to move forward with plans for a freshman formal on Dec. 10, 2016.