Archive for January, 2012

Boca House of Representatives Meeting Recap [January 20, 2012 Edition]

Posted in appointments, elections, governor, president, quote on January 21, 2012 by Chris Persaud
This recap is brought to you by UP reporter, Dylan Bouscher.
Kevin Varela resigned yesterday afternoon (Jan. 19) from his position as Boca Speaker Pro-Tempore to take over as Elections Board Chair. Now, an in-house election for a new  Speaker Pro-Tempore is in order. Candidates Eric Lupo, Jairo Montes, and Reginald Horace will all be interviewed by Speaker of the House, Boris Bastidas.

SG President, Ayden Maher mentioned that Thomas Levy changed his major from Political Science to Education. He is expecting to graduate in May and needs to complete a 9-5 internship, which Levy had to start this semester.SG started the Owl Country campaign over winter break. So far they have taken 87 FAU banners to hang up in local businesses. Marketing Director, Maya Carroll and former Sen. Michael Brown, are working on this project.The Subway in the stadium is supposed to be a late-night dining option for resident students, but still isn’t open. Maher said he is “pushing them” to open soon.

The Board of Trustees will vote in February on a new dorm building with 650 beds and 2,000 parking spaces. The new housing and parking will be near the Social Science building.

VP Robert Huffman confirmed and approved new positions in SG. New Executive Assistant. Michael Brown and new Executive Marketing Director, Aneal Ramkissoon were confirmed.

Student Media: Owl TV Station Manager, AJ Jordat and University Press Editor-in-Chief, Mariam Aldhahi were approved.

Greek Housing will be built by 2015-2016, at the earliest. Housing will consist of apartment style buildings that will be located near the stadium.

Boca Governor, Ryan Ebanks announced that David Aarons was appointed as Boca Raton Associate Justice. The vote was unanimous.

House Contingency Account currently has $100,000, but only about $28,000 can be spent. Mission Green’s community garden for example, is one of the projects funded by the account.

Vice Chair of BHOR, Lexi Rosario brought up that Addison Park contractors are looking to build an off-campus student housing complex called “University Park”. Students are needed for the meeting.


SG Senate [January 19, 2012 edition]

Posted in appointments, elections, Legislation, president, quote on January 21, 2012 by Chris Persaud

This recap is brought to you by UP reporter, Dylan Bouscher.

Here’s a recap of Thursday’s SG Senate meeting.

President’s Report
SG Elections Board Chair, Tom Levy resigned six weeks before the Spring 2012 SG elections. He changed his major to Education, got a new part time job, and could not run a smooth election, according to Ayden Maher.

SGSSB-11-08: Written by former Sen. Michael Brown and sponsored by SG Vice President, Robert Huffman this bill would allocate $20,000 to buy new furniture and make renovations to the first floor of the Student Union. This money would come from Student Affairs’ Activity and Service Fees Reserve Account, known as the reserve account of Vice President of Student Affairs Charles Brown. This bill was brought up in the Nov. 22 Senate meeting when it was tabled. The bill is tabled again 5-0 until there is more support from the budget office and will be brought up at the next meeting.

“I’m going to express my support for this bill,” said Boca Sen. Peter Amirato. “The more I think about it, the more it makes sense.”

SG President Ayden Maher said, “This is one of my goals, and I want to see it through. I believe in this project and I believe that we need to renovate this union. Also, we rent out our facility to outdoor vendors, and it’s not in tip-top shape, I’ll say that.”

Open Forum:
Former Boca House Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Varela was confirmed as Elections Board Chair. “I appreciate your vote and I look forward to meeting you guys on your respective campuses and to get everything moving quickly and to have a good election,” he said.