11/30 Senate Meeting

On Nov. 30, SUUSA Senate reconvened after a week break for their regular Thursday at 11:30 a.m. meeting.

The meeting began with a report from the American College Dance Association, who recently attended a music conference with funding from SUUSA.

Executive reports followed, with Vice President of Academics Parker Hess starting with updates on the constitutional amendment committee, library hour changes during finals week and the petition for midterm grading policy.

The new policy would force professors to update a grade during midterm and post to Banner. The hope is that the ACEs can reach out to students with poor grades and help them improve.

Greek Life Representative Sydnee Moser said the clubs committee approved two new clubs, E-Sports at SUU and Dungeons and Dragons club at SUU.

Kirsten Mudrow, Education Senator, reported the finance committee had approved five new study abroad trips for $100 each and $157.50 for finance club polos.

Following, the Senate announced the updated budget for the past month. The executive branch spent $10,316.39 with a remaining balance of $21,733; clubs spent $9,500 with a remaining balance of $14,598; marketing spent $102.77 with a remaining balance of $19,547; spirit division spent $4,200 with a remaining balance of $11,392; activities spent $88,222 with a remaining balance of $5377; the stipend budget spent $20,590 with a remaining balance of $64,750; student life committee spent $1,687 with a remaining balance $3,612; and finance committee spent nothing with $500 left.

Senate and representative reports then continued. Notable announcements included Upper Division Senator Jeremy Osborne’s special project proposal to include a philosophy class in the general education requirements, as well as Business Senator Jacob Lyman announcing the new School of Business’s dean Mary Pierson.

The committee then opened old business, beginning with the voting to ratify new election bylaws. Osborne suggested keeping the party system, but removing the party name from the ballots. After considering feedback from MySUU voice and Osborne, the Senate voted 12-3 in favor of amending the proposed bylaws. Parties are allowed, but party names will not appear next to candidate’s name.

New business began with Hess asking for volunteers to appear on two committees run by library faculty, the Faculty of the Library board and the Friends of the Library board. COSE Senator Kevin Martin volunteered for the Faculty of the Library board and Lyman volunteered for the Friends of the Library board.

Following, the Senate asked for members to join the Ad Hoc BSU committee to find solutions for the problems that the Black Student Union brought up during the last Senate meeting.

Hess, Lyman, Osborne, Diversity and Inclusion Representative Siuila Uele and HSS Senator Grace Schulz all volunteered to take part in the committee. Members outside of the Senate may take part by invitation.

The meeting announced various sports games, events and retreats that the Senate may want to attend, and then adjourned.

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Andrew Leavitt