Student senate discusses ways to lessen burden of expensive books

By Michael Logli

The Illinois Student Senate discussed a resolution that would encourage professors to utilize the University library’s e-reserves program at its Wednesday night meeting.

The e-reserves program provides free course materials for students. Not all class materials are part of the program though, and it contains mostly supplemental material.

If the program was used more effectively and frequently, students would not have to purchase as many expensive textbooks every semester, said Emily Elsenbast, junior in LAS and student senator.

“They’re a great way to reduce financial burdens for students,” Elsenbast said.

The resolution will be voted on next week.

Elsenbast also supported a resolution favoring the Board of Trustees’ effort to create a student committee to decide the use of the $200 library-information technology student fee created in March.

Because there is no student oversight on the allocation of the funds, it is imperative to get one as soon as possible, Elsenbast said.

This resolution passed unanimously.

The senate also unanimously passed a resolution commending the Orange Krush, the student section for Illinois basketball, for its recent humanitarian acts.

According to the resolution, the Orange Krush will donate $50,000 during the next five years to Cunningham Children’s Home.

The resolution also states that the foundation is in the fourth year of building a special-needs facility in the Urbana area.