In the future, students using the University’s computer labs may have to worry less about forgetting their flash drives and losing them.
Walter Lee Kirkland, Unity’s senator to Western Illinois University’s Student Government Association, presented a bill on Tuesday evening’s meeting that called for the forming of a committee to prevent the loss of flash drives in Western’s computer labs. The committee would research the creation of a program that audibly and visually warns students to eject their flash drives from the computer at which they are working.
“The reason why I thought about writing this was because the first week of school, I actually left my (flash drive) in a computer lab in Tanner,” Kirkland said. “It sat in there for a week and it has several years’ worth of home- work on it and some financial information, and if somebody got their hands on that, it would be very bad.“It’s fairly self-explanatory,” Kirkland said.
Kirkland explained that the warnings present in some of the computer labs are insufficient and often go unnoticed by students.“Especially with the Mac computers, you have to put the flash drive in the back of the computer, and that’s actually how I forgot mine,” Kirkland said.
The bill was approved and passed with a 24-1 vote.
•SGA is investigating the report by the Western Courier that the Board of Trustees’ student member, Jonathan McGee, had been arrested. They are working to dis- cover more information about the alleged incident, but do not have enough information to determine what action to take regarding the issue. McGee was present near the end of the meeting.
•Elections for Speaker ProTempore were held, with senators at large Alex Gleason and Michael Quigley as candidates. After a vote was taken, Quigley was elected to the position.
•This year’s senate rules were approved and passed unanimously.