ISS holds last meeting of semester

By Michael Logli

At the final Illinois Student Senate meeting of the semester, representatives from Campus Recreation spoke to the senate concerning the Intramural Physical Education building, more commonly known as IMPE.

Gary Miller, associate director of Campus Recreation, said the department wants to change the name of the building to fit its new appearance and layout.

Miller said he wants student input as to what the new name should be.

Campus Recreation will begin formally asking for name ideas during the fall semester, but they will accept any ideas now through e-mail.

Senator Frank Calabrese, sophomore in LAS, spoke to the senate about Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s plans to sell the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Calabrese said he had read a Chicago Tribune article from March 2007 reporting that Blagojevich plans to sell most of the $3 billion portfolio to private loan companies such as Sallie Mae.

If sold, out-of-state students would receive less financial aid and it would be more difficult to pay back loans, Calabrese said.

“Sallie Mae was recently sued in New York for two million dollars regarding unethical practices,” Calabrese said. “They do not have the best interests of students in mind.”

The senators may consider passing a resolution during the fall semester.

The senate also passed two resolutions during Wednesday’s meeting.

The first encouraged the University to participate in the Collegiate Readership Program, already in place at several other universities, that allows papers such as the Chicago Tribune and New York Times to circulate throughout campus.

The second resolution resulted in the creation of the Committee on By-Laws Review, dedicated to regularly reviewing senate by-laws and reviewing any resolutions pertaining to by-law changes.