Thinking aloud

Student government discusses prayer, reflection area for FLITE

Student government weighs in on using extra space in FLITE
Student government weighs in on using extra space in FLITE Photo by: Katie Tobak
The Ferris Library for Information, Technology and Education was the topic of discussion at Student Government’s Tuesday, Oct. 6 meeting, where FLITE Dean Scott Garrison spoke about expanding FLITE’s hours and repurposing unused space.

In addition to Student Government’s general assembly, more than a dozen students representing various organizations attended last Tuesday’s meeting in the University Center.

Dean Garrisonasked for feedback on how FLITE can provide more value and services to students.

“I like to get people throughout campus to come to meetings and educate us,” said Student Government President Wayne Bersano.

Garrison began a discussion of how to repurpose the now closed Between Chapters Cafe as well as two empty offices on FLITE’s third floor. The library is considering partitioning a space specifically for prayer, reflection and meditation.

“It sounds like a great idea to offer to students,” Bersano said. “It would be a great way to promote inclusivity and diversity.

Other ideas for using the space included a lactation area for student mothers, a nap room and more study rooms. Student Government member Keegan Murphy expressed his desire for longer library hours on weekends.

“I like the space and I’d like to have that technology available,” Murphy said.

Garrison immediately approved extending FLITE’s Saturday hours to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting next semester.

Garrison also announced FLITE’s lower garden and second floor balcony are now closed for the season, but will reopen this April.

In other business, the general assembly spent the majority of the meeting discussing a possible rule change that would allow another member of the Finance Division to join Student Government. Only three members of the Finance Division are allowed to join the general assembly in the interest of maintaining checks and balances. After it got too late, discussion of the rule change was tabled.

The next Student Government meeting will be on at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in the University Center.