Archive for October, 2011

Legislative Update [October 28, 2011 edition]

Posted in Legislation on October 28, 2011 by Chris Persaud

Here are the highlights of what the Boca House voted on this past Friday.

  1. Five new people were voted into the House: Shane Blouin, Lucas Crostasosa, Cecilia McCloddden, Jason Naddell, Jacob Nadulek. They were admitted after the House voted on legislation.
  2. The House attempted to overturn SG President Ayden Maher‘s veto on BRHR-14, but it failed. 75% of legislators had to vote in favor of overturning, but only 67% did. The resolution was also previously vetoed by Boca Governor Ryan Ebanks, and the House overturned that veto on Oct. 21.
  3. BRHR-11-16, which was brought up at, but not voted on, at the Oct. 21 meeting, was tabled indefinitely. The resolution, written by, Matthew Zaabadick, states the Student Union, Student Union Outtakes, and Coyote Jack should be open 24 hours.
  4. BRHR-11-17, written by Aaron Preston, was tabled indefinitely. It would’ve commended FAU football quarterback Graham Wilbert and tight end Darian Williams. Copies of the resolution would’ve been framed and given to both players, as well as Athletics Director Craig Angelos. Another framed copy would’ve been put in a trophy display case in the Tom Oxley Center.
  5. BRHB-11-18, also written by Aaron Preston, was tabled indefinitely. It would’ve stated that the student tailgating area be moved to west of the football stadium. It’s currently next to the Breezeway, Physical Sciences building, and Administration building.

Special thanks to UP reporter Jordan Robrish for recording this meeting.

Legislative Update [October 14, 2011 edition]

Posted in Legislation on October 17, 2011 by Chris Persaud

Legislation-wise, here’s what went down this past Friday at the Boca House meeting:

BRHB-11-30 is a bill to give $5,700 to Lambda United and the RSA’s Halloween Horror Nights trip. Prior to the meeting, SG President Ayden Maher vetoed it, sending it back to the House. At the meeting, Boca Governor Ryan Ebanks said he’d fund the trip out of his executive account. The bill was co-written by Taylor Lucas, Frank Gorritz, and Boca House Speaker Boris Bastidas. Status: tabled indefinitely.

BRHB-11-31 is a bill that would use $2,802.21 to plant gardens near the T-buildings. It was written by Multicultural Programming Director (and former House member) Marie Dumas. Status: passed.

BRHR-11-14 is a resolution that says certain parking spaces should be for resident students – specifically, metered parking near the Student Services building. It also says certain faculty spots near Indian River Towers should become metered, and parking violations given to resident students for parking in those spots since Aug. 17 should be eliminated. It was written by House member Alexandria Rosario. Status: passed.

BRHR-11-15 is a resolution that recommends that Multicultural Programming put on an event celebrating Columbus Day. It was written by House member Aaron Preston. Status: sent to all committees.

Final thought: Special thanks go to UP Assistant Art Director Ariana Corrao for sitting in on, and recording, this House meeting.

COSO meeting update [October 10, 2011 edition]

Posted in COSO on October 12, 2011 by Chris Persaud

Here’s a recap of the 10/11 COSO meeting by Mailyn Abreu:

Mark Burgarelli was approved as Multicultural chair. His duty in COSO is to represent all multicultural clubs on campus.

Funding approvals:

  • Engineering sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon: $340 for t-shirts and food.                                                                                                              COSO doesn’t fund Greek life organizations, but since AOE is an academic organization according to COSO, funding was approved.
  • Phi Alpha Honor Society: A National Honor Society for Social Work Students: $770 for t-shirts and food for two events.
  • Mechanisms of Biology: $500, the maximum amount a new club can get.                                                                                                          They wanted the money to start a greenhouse project which they plan on using to grow food and donate to non-profit organizations and possibly FAU. The money will also pay for t-shirts, and 2 events in November — a cancer walk and a beach cleanup.

COSO Director Ella Tepper said COSO is still accepting clubhouse applications on a rolling basis and that they won’t use the points system that was mandatory in order to remain a part of the clubhouse this Fall semester.

Mission Green was approved for clubhouse computer space.

Legislative update [September 30, 2011 edition] [part 3]

Posted in Legislation on October 6, 2011 by Chris Persaud

SG President Ayden Maher vetoed BRHB-11-31, which would’ve put $5,700 towards a Halloween Horror Nights trip for Lambda United and Residential Students Association.

When asked why, Maher referenced another Halloween trip SG is doing for students — to Busch Gardens’ annual Howl-o-Scream. That one will send up to 160 students this year.

“This trip,” Maher said of Halloween Horror Nights, “is for only 25 people, and in my opinion, that is very unnecessary.”

The bill will be on the agenda at tomorrow’s Boca House meeting.

Legislative recap [September 30, 2011 edition] [part 2]

Posted in Legislation on October 4, 2011 by Chris Persaud

This post by Dylan Bouscher:

The House amended and passed BRHB-11-31, a bill that will fund a $5,700 trip to Halloween Horror Nights for Lambda United and the Residential Student Association.

The final vote was 21-14.

SG Advisor Heather Bishara asked, “If we approve the bill for Halloween Horror Nights, won’t other organzations come forward and ask us for fun trips?”

Speaker Boris Bastidas responded “COSO and the Travel Committee do not fund trips like this. This is a special case because they cannot go anywhere else. If we open the floodgates and have to make hard decisions, let’s get more students involved and not be afraid to say no.”

Legislative update [September 30, 2011 edition] [part 1]

Posted in Uncategorized on October 4, 2011 by Chris Persaud

This post by UP reporter Dylan Bouscher

Here are a few highlights from the Sep 30 Boca House meeting.

Dr. Brown’s Delegate:

– Associate Dean of Students Terry Mena, designee for Vice President of Student Affairs Charles Brown, welcomed new House members and answered questions about the VPSA’s recent vetoes. When asked what Dr. Brown expected House members to do with the vetoed bills Mena said “the CRC (Constitutional Review Committee) will be looking to revise options for the VPSA on bills. From approved or sent back, to adding a full veto.”

Anti-Discrimination Policy (Adding sexual orientation to FAU’s policy):

– When Mena addressed the House and answered questions, several members asked him about Dr. Brown’s decision to veto a bill that would have polled students on adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” language to the University’s anti-discrimination policy.

He said, “Dr. Brown has had numerous meetings with the SG President, VP, Governor, et cetra to move forward on these issues,” said Mena

This answer echoed SG President Ayden Maher‘s full support of the policy, despite his decision to veto the bill. When Maher spoke, however, he referred to the University Lawyer David Kian, who said “this is the closest we’ve been to getting this approved.” Maher said that he will vote yes during the Board of Trustees meeting on this issue.

Rep. Jason Wu then asked Mena “Do the decisions made by Dr. Brown reflect the Student Body or the Board of Trustees?”
Mena responded, “[Dr. Brown’s] decisions reflect the university. His decisions on any legislation will reflect those thoughts on those decisions.”

Maher’s Arrival:

After being absent from House meetings since late July, SG President Ayden Maher showed up to share some big news:

– Two new parking garages had been approved by the North end of campus near the new football stadium.

– The guarantee of 5,000 student-designated seats in the new stadium was revised to 6,100

– IBM would be visiting FAU’s Jupiter campus with its newest celebrity supercomputer, Watson.

– Discussed a proposed community garden, saying “ I fully support the Community Garden issue. This is something that really pulls student organizations together. Michelle Obama has community garden in White House, so it reflects a federal project.” The community garden, proposed by Mission Green, would be located by an open field next to the Innovation Village Apartment lot.

Speaker’s Appointments:

– Parliamentarian: Eric Lupo

– Secretary: Rebecca Sosa

– Rules and Policies Chair: Amanda Phillps

– Ways and Means Chair: Jairo Montes

– Campus Action Chair: Thais Arsolino

– Campus Budget Chair: Jason Wu

– The Oath of Office was given to new members that were not present at the last meeting

– Minutes for the September 23 meeting were approved

More to come…

Elections board meeting recap [September 28, 2011 edition]

Posted in elections on October 3, 2011 by Chris Persaud

This recap brought to you by UP reporter Dylan Bouscher:

The SG Elections Board met last Wednesday to outline its objectives for the rest of the semester. The first few issues the board plans to address are:

– Campaign Violations:
During the meeting, the Elections Board discussed revising their statutes on campaign violations. Rather than having to vote on what it considers a major or minor violation once a candidate commits a violation, Elections Chair Thomas Levy said, “We should define and clarify what constitutes a major violation and a minor violation in the statutes.”

No deadline was set on that.

– Student Polling Reform:

The board proposed a ramp up of their student polling efforts. “Ideally, we would create a system of student polling that could be presented to the Student Body President and House and Senate regularly — around every 6-7 weeks for all relevant issues,” Levy said.