Thursday, September 9, 1999
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Volume 65, Issue 13

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Handicap access, Creed forum discussed

By Jim Parsons
Daily Cougar Staff 

The Students' Association Senate on Wednesday sped through a meeting that lasted less than half an hour, unable to conduct much business in the absence of key senators.

The chairs of most of the Senate's standing committees missed the meeting due to prior obligations, keeping legislation in committee that otherwise might have been discharged and voted on.

SA executives (from left) Tomm Cassidy, Glenn Turner, Leigh Street and Wendy Ballard look over documents during Wednesday's Senate meeting.

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A representative from the University Bookstore who was apparently slated to address the Senate also failed to attend, so Student Regent Glenn Turner spoke on the store's behalf.

The visit from the bookstore rep followed the previous Senate meeting, where Vice President Dana Enriquez expressed displeasure with the bookstore's not having necessary textbooks in stock.

"I don't know what kind of business that is, but it seems like we're getting the short end of the stick," she said, encouraging senators to order their texts from the Internet. Enriquez did not attend Wednesday's meeting.

Turner said he received a call from the bookstore's general manager, Darren Croom, after the Aug. 25 meeting. Croom said the store plans to implement customer-service improvements, like online textbook ordering, next semester.

"He's very receptive," Turner said. "I think that it'll be very positive."

SA President Tom Cassidy announced the SA director of finance position is open for applications, which are available from the SA offices in the University Center Underground.

As a new development in the SA's "Cougar Creed" project, College of Business Administration Sen. Richard Russell, chairman of the Cougar Creed select committee, announced an open forum on the subject.

Members of the UH community will be able to attend the forum, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the UC Bayou City Room, and voice their opinions on a possible creed. The SA hopes such a creed would galvanize ideas about school spirit and unity. Russell's committee hopes to have a final version of a creed completed by early next year.

In other business, Cassidy urged senators to read and respond to a guest column from student Wendy Miller that was published in Wednesday's Daily Cougar. In the column, Miller, who is wheelchair-bound, pointed out some areas of campus that are not as accessible as they could be. For example, she said some automated doors don't open and some sidewalks do not afford smooth rides.

Miller called on students who notice such situations to respond via The Daily Cougar or their student senators, which Cassidy termed "a direct call" for senators to get their constituents' views on the topic of accessibility.

The Senate will next meet Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the UC Bluebonnet Room.

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