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SG announces final dates for break buses to Logan

Student Government officially announced dates and times for a Boston University holiday busing service to Logan International Airport and learned of possible changes in allocations at SG’s Senate meeting Monday night.

Anjali Taneja, a representative from the Student Activities Office Allocations Board, spoke to SG Monday about plans that will require student groups that are fundraising for charities to return money allotted for organization — in other words, SAO will be loaning money as opposed to giving money.

“The idea is that only the profits from the event are going to that charity,” said Saurabh Mahajan, SG director of advocacy and spokesman.

Taneja, a Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences senior, said the Allocations Board plans to hold a town hall meeting for BU students to voice their concerns about the changes being considered to the fund allocation system.

The spring break holiday buses will run on March 8 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will leave for Logan from Marsh Chapel, Mahajan, a College of Arts and Sciences freshman, said. Tickets will be available online at www.eventbrite.com for $5.

Representatives from the Towers Planning Committee presented tentative housing developments for Towers, Myles Standish Hall and a Student Village III.

“The Towers Planning Committee is trying to figure out what to do with that extra space in [the Towers dormitory],” Mahajan said. “From that they will also provide updates for what’s going to be happening with StuVi III or Danielsen [Hall] or Myles.”

Sophia Woyda, a representative of the Towers Committee, said the administration will begin renovating laundry facilities in Towers during the summer 2013 break.

She said the administration has not yet decided whether the empty space in Towers will be used for a Fitness and Recreation satellite facility due to budget concerns.

The administration also intends to establish a 24-hour study space in Myles Standish Hall and to move the residence’s laundry facilities during summer 2013, Woyda, a CAS senior, said.

Woyda said the administration’s plans include the construction of a StuVi III, which will be 11 stories tall and house about 523 students. BU also plans to renovate Shelton Hall to reserve the first four floors for students of the Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College.

Woyda said these developments require significant budget planning, so concrete dates have not been set.

“Creating even an architectural design or an infrastructural design for a satellite fitness and recreation facility requires an architect to be hired, requires approval for the upcoming school year,” she said. “Even commission and design costs money and has to be budgeted for, so that’s important to know.”

Woyda said that serving on the committee was a valuable experience.

“It really does create this amazing link between the students and the administration,” she said. “All the voices are equally heard at the table, and it really does set a great precedent for a working relationship between administration and students.”

Luke Rebecchi, a member of South Campus Residence Hall Association, spoke at the meeting about creating a Student Social Contract on behalf of South Campus’s RHA president.

Rebecchi, a CAS junior, said a Student Social Contract is a mutual agreement about the rights and roles of students and administration in the BU community.

“[We] essentially want them to send representatives to a group table meeting where we discuss what this process will look like and start it,” Rebecchi said. “I came here tonight because Student Government is a part of that process.”

He said he and other students from South Campus RHA are planning to brainstorm a contract with different student groups on campus.

“We want to have that conversation about what our community will look like,” he said. “Ultimately, the really transformative process is sitting down together, disagreeing about certain things, coming to a certain agreement and writing it down.”

CORRECTION: The article originally attributed a quote to Anjali Taneja. However, the quote should be attributed to Luke Rebecchi. The article has been updated to reflect the correction.

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