University Senate recap: housing, expansion plans, no confidence

February 8, 2013

Courtesy of NYU

The University Senate gathered last night for its inaugural meeting of the spring semester in the presence of the Administrative Management Council, Deans Council, Faculty Senators Council and Student Senators Council, moderated by NYU President John Sexton.

Sexton applauded the professor Arthur Tannenbaum for his recent achievements and stressed the importance of developing an increasingly dynamic administration that would be able to “more accurately respond to the complexities of the issues facing the university.”

Sexton further noted that it would be of absolute necessity for NYU to finalize the establishment of a Faculty Advisory Committee that, tasked with assessing the state of academic sites and recommending future improvements for such matters, would be integral to “ensuring [that] NYU’s values remain at its very core.”

The final question, however, broached the topic of the President’s very own vote of no-confidence; a topic he responded to in a straightforward manner by noting that all faculty members have the right to express their opinions and that he will continue to encourage their involvement in university politics.

Standing governing bodies including the Academic, Financial and Public Affairs committees as well as the Deans, Faculty Senators and Student Senators councils then delivered their periodic reports regarding recent developments in plans they have been implementing. One of these plans was the Committee of Organization and Governance’s suggestion to appoint NYU-Poly faculty and student senators to certain university committees in preparation for the Polytechnic Institute of NYU’s complete integration into NYU.

The attention of the university’s Student Senators was finally turned to the extending issue of NYU’s expansion in and around Washington Square Park by professor Ted Magder and other members of the university’s Space Planning Working Group. Their report regarding the southern blocks bound by Houston Street was still very much in the preliminary stages of development, but they had thus far been extensively developed and assessed for all possible future complications.

Alicia Bell, a student senator and member of the Academic Affairs Committee, was swift to breech the issue of encouraging student involvement in talks of NYU expansion as it has been, by far, a faculty-dominated committee. Bell expressed her desire for the student body to have more of a say in the expansion plans.

Isabelle Klinghoffer is a contributing writer. Email her at university@nyunews.com.

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