Archive for April, 2012

Legislative Update [Boca House of Representatives April 20, 2012 Edition]

Posted in Constitution, Legislation, president on April 23, 2012 by dylanjbouscher

Last Friday the Boca House agreed to fund a production of Sweeney Todd this summer. This legislative update is brought to you by UP reporter Dylan Bouscher.

LEGISLATION

BRHB-12-12: “Musical Production of ‘Sweeney Todd’” passed. The bill allocates $8,000 for the production costs, and agrees to split any profit made between the Department of Theatre and Dance, and SG. It was written by theatre student Darrick Penny and sponsored by Rep. John Maher.

The musical is expected to premiere the weekend of July 26-29 with five performances. No additional dates have been confirmed.

BRHB-12-13: “Duties and Powers of the Student Body President” was automatically tabled until the next meeting. If passed the bill will amend the SG Constitution to give the SG president five academic days to sign a bill, after he receives it.

Currently the constitution gives the president five days to sign a bill after it’s passed.

This bill was written by the Ways and Means committee chair, Jairo Montes, Parliamentarian Patricio Coicou, and the Governor’s Executive Assistant Jonathan Mustain and sponsored by Montes and Coicou.

BRHB-12-14: “Removing Multicultural Programming 2011-2012 Riders” passed. The bill removes limits on MP accounts so leftover money can be put into the Activities and Programming account. The bill was written by MP Director Marie Dumas, Kristina Fritz, Carlton O’Neal, Hakeem Haye, Dorothy Daniel, and Mark Burgarelli, and sponsored by Boca House Speaker Boris Bastidas.

Stay tuned to Owl Watch for more updates as SG spends your money.

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Legislative Update [Boca House of Representatives April 13, 2012 Edition]

Posted in Legislation on April 14, 2012 by regikaza

Last Friday the BHOR approved of buying paintball guns, rope, and a room for a career seminar. This legislative update is brought to you by UP reporter Dylan Bouscher.

LEGISLATION

Old Business

BRHR-12-04: “A Resolution Supporting the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act” won’t be brought up again after being tabled indefinitely.

BRHB-11-08: “Boca Raton Campus Budget Allocations 2012-2013 Fiscal Year” passed unanimously. The bill approves the Campus Budget and Appropriations Committee budget for next year.

BRHB-12-10: “Dare to be Prepared 2012” also passed unanimously. The bill allocates $1,456.50 to reserve a room for the “Dare to be Prepared” career seminar, which will be on May 14.

New Business

BRHB-12-10: “FAU Army ROTC Request” passed unanimously. The bill allocates $1,873 to ROTC to buy paintball guns and a rope for training.

OTHER NEWS

Representative Anthony Knight was voted and sworn in during an in-house election.

Legislative Update [April 6, 2012 Edition]

Posted in Uncategorized on April 9, 2012 by regikaza

Here’s a breakdown of the last Boca House of Representatives meeting. This recap is brought to you by UP reporter Dylan Bouscher.

LEGISLATION

Old Business

BRHR-12-04: “A Resolution Supporting the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act” was sent back to committees after Rep. Lexi Rosario made a motion to do so. It will be brought up at the next meeting. If passed, the resolution will show SG’s support for Congress passing a bill the U.S. House of Representatives also sent to committee.

BRHR-12-05: “Preserving a Landmark,” passed unanimously. This resolution shows that students on the Boca campus oppose the demolition plans for the Algonquin Residence Hall. Now the resolution will be sent to the Board of Trustees and FAU Director of Housing Jill Eckardt.

The Algonquin dorms are the oldest on campus. Although SG President Ayden Maher said there are no immediate plans to demolish Algonquin, the Boca campus Master Plan does say it will be eventually knocked down and a new dorm will be built in its place.

New Business

BRHB-11-08: “Boca Raton Campus Budget Allocations 2012-2013 Fiscal Year” was sent to committees. The bill was written and sponsored by Campus Budget Chair Jason Wu, and Boca House Speaker Boris Bastidas. If passed, the bill will approve the Campus Budget and Appropriations Committee (CBAC) budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

BRHB-12-09: ”FAU Paintball Club Refund for National Tournament” passed. The bill repays Paintball Club president Gregory Montalvo $3,102.40 for the club’s trip to the National Collegiate Paintball Association (NCPA) national tournament in Lakeland, Florida.

Usually the paintball club would be reimbursed by Student Travel, but they ran out of money for the year. So they asked the House for the money instead. When the club’s president found out Travel couldn’t fund the trip, Montalvo decided to charge the expenses to his personal credit card. Now the House is repaying him.

FAU’s paintball club ranked 61st last season according to the NCPA website. This is the last chance for some members of the club to win a national championship.

Here’s a video of the paintball club beating the West Point Knights at the NCPA Tournament last year.

The only representatives who didn’t vote yes on this bill were Joe Kruempel and Wu. Kruempel abstained since he is a member of the paintball club. Wu voted no and said, “I don’t like allocating money to accounts where we have no oversight.”

The club is competing for the NCPA national championship starting April 13. Click here to watch a live webcast of the tournament.BRHR-12-06: “Students Need a Microwave for the Breezeway” passed unanimously after being amended. The resolution suggests FAU Facilities replace the broken microwave by the Life Sciences building on the Breezeway. It was written and sponsored by Rep. Clairemine Cyrise and will now be shown to Facilities.

BRHB-12-10: “Dare to Be Prepared 2012” was sent to committees after Rosario made a motion to do so. It was written by SG Coordinator Mike Burman, and sponsored by Bastidas. The bill would give the Career Development Center $1,456.50 to host a seminar that would help FAU graduates find jobs.

OTHER NEWS

Representatives Kalia Fleming and Langston Wimberly were elected and sworn in during an in-house election.

The Boca Raton City Council will vote at their meeting on April 10 on whether or not to hang FAU banners on Glades Road, according to Maher. Click here. to see the city’s agenda.

After SG leaders voted to recommend a 5% increase to the A&S fee (included in all students’ tuition) at a private meeting, they decided to vote again at two public meetings. The second vote unanimously recommended to raise A&S fees by 3%. Now the recommendation will be shown to the BOT, who have final say on raising the fee. The last time the fee was increased, SG leaders’ salaries went up $1.75 per hour, according to Bastidas. If the BOT votes to raise the fee by 3%, students will pay $12.32 per credit hour instead of the $11.96 they currently pay.

Stay tuned to OwlWatch to follow SG as it spends your money.