This week in Senate: Heart-Saver Resolution passes

The Undergraduate Student Association (USA) approved a resolution in hopes of working with the administration to have more accessible automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on campus.

This week in Senate, the Undergraduate Student Association (USA) approved a resolution to increase the number of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on campus.

USA urged the administration to increase the amount of AEDs on campus with a goal of having an AED in every building on campus. USA plans to purchase four wall mounts, which will cost no more than $250 each per year to help with this initiative.

USA President Abigail Hughes made some clarifications on the resolution and pointed to areas where changes were previously made. Then, Senator Ryan Boorum motioned to pass the resolution. 

“Canisius College is a Jesuit Institution that values the principle of cura personalis,

which calls us to care for the whole person — mind, body, and spirit,” states USA’s Heart-Saver Resolution.

Currently, there are only five locations on campus that have AEDs. Two AEDs are located in public safety, three are in athletic sports medicine and one AED is located in the Koessler Athletic Center, Science Hall and the Student Health Center. Only a few of these AEDs are publicly accessible.

In the USA resolution, the Senate noted that a defibrillator can increase a person’s chance of survival by 45 percent, according to the National Safety Council. For each minute a defibrillator is not used, a person’s chance of survival decreases by 10 percent.

Many organizations on campus have the ability to sponsor grants that help colleges like Canisius to purchase defibrillators.

In new business, The Wire constitution was motioned for approval by Boorum and was passed by Senate. They had two representatives that attended who worked with Speaker Simon Pratt to make some changes to their e-board election processes.

The Asian Student Association, a new club on campus, presented their constitution to later be motioned for approval by Boorum. Husna Raheem is the club’s president and said she plans to represent cultures and raise awareness to different social issues.  

Residence Hall Student Association’s new constitution was motioned for approval by Boorum. Last semester, some senators felt as though the constitution wasn’t inclusive enough to transfer students, so they added a new extension to be more inclusive.

Computer Science Club is rebooting this semester and their new constitution was motioned for approval by Senator Kieran Sommer and was approved.

Canisius’ Honor Student Association appealed for $670 and was motioned for approval by Boorum and approved by Senate. The Minority Association of Pre-Health Students appealed for $303 and History Club appealed for $80, which were motioned for approval by Senator Sydney Carlo and approved. The Griffin appealed for $5,609 and Tri Beta appealed for $375, which were approved and motioned for approval by Boorum.

During committee reports, Public Health made announcements concerning Public Health week which will be held from March 30 until April 3.

Liaison reports followed with Senator Matthew Johnson who reported that renovations to the dining hall will be postponed another year.

The meeting came to a close with an open discussion and was motioned for adjournment by Senator Michael Berg.

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