Senators move to monitor ethics of apparel providers

Jessica Gdowski

In their second short meeting in a row, Associated Student Government senators passed two bills Wednesday and discussed two other pieces of legislation to be voted on next week.

The first approved bill calls for a permanent committee of students, faculty and staff to discuss possible labor violations that might affect Northwestern. The committee will address the ethics of stocking apparel made by New Era Cap Co. in the Norris Bookstore. The authors of the bill, Britt Gordon-McKeon and Greg Phillips, said they plan to investigate the company’s treatment of workers.

“It’s a good idea to have students involved in making decisions instead of reacting to them when they turn out to be unfortunate,” said Phillips, a fraternity senator and Education sophomore.

NU renewed its contract with New Era in October after receiving a report that the company corrected past workers’ rights violations.

A second bill, to improve the navigation and configuration of the CampusLink system located on Norris’ main floor, was passed as emergency legislation a week early.

David Kim, the bill’s author, said access to WebEmail from CampusLink was improved Wednesday morning, but problems remain.

Student input garnered through a survey will dictate improvements to the system, said Kim, a PARC senator and Weinberg freshman.

In new business, Sens. John Hughes and Jonathan Marino presented a motion to include a clause about fair treatment of disabled persons in various ASG guidelines. The legislation would require student groups to consider the needs of disabled students when planning events. Along with this bill, senators will vote next week on a bill to establish an online rating forum for Evanston apartments.

In other business, ASG Technology Director Benjamin Cherry announced the creation of a new Technical Committee to respond to the technological needs of the campus and ASG.

Committee applications are available online at asg.northwestern.edu. The deadline to apply is May 23.