New Senators and Officer Appointments
Lauren Genenbacher and Marissa Sewell were sworn in as new senators. Betelhem Abay was not present, but will be sworn in next week.
Christopher Gilbert resigned as President of the Honors College Student Advisory Board, and Brody Haverly-Johndro resigned as a Senator.
The Student Women’s Association changed its name to the Feminist Collective in order to make people of all genders feel included.
Similarly, Wilde Stein: Queer Straight Alliance changed the grammar in their bylaws to include pronouns beyond he and she.
President Mary-Celeste Floreani thanked Vice President Aromando for planning the retreat, and announced that they were interviewing for Director of Communications.
Vice President Logan Aromando thanked the group for a successful retreat, and reminded senators that they are required to be on two committees, and also to dress professionally even on hot days.
Vice President for Financial Affairs Song Ping “Ryan” Wong reported $330,929.85 in unallocated funds.
Vice President for Student Organizations Jacob Wood was out with a concussion, but Floreani reported that organizations will be set as inactive if they do not meet with Student Organizations.
Vice President for Student Entertainment Jared Dumas said that he was meeting with executive director of the Collins Center for the Arts, Daniel Williams, to discuss scheduling and work on bringing comedians back to the CCA.
Faculty Senate representative Bentley Simpson was not present.
Board of Trustees representative Samuel Borer reported that the Board has been engaging with state legislature to try to increase school funding, and encouraged students with a “passionate, emotional story” about their experience at UMaine to speak with legislators.
The Fair Election Practices position is vacant.
Legal Services representative Maria Maffucci reminded new senators that they must meet with Attorney Sean O’Mara, and reported that O’Mara is working to make ZipCar more accessible on campus.
Graduate Student Senate representative Trevor Lessard had no report.
Orono Town Council and Old Town City Council representative Jacob Bradshaw had no report.
ROTC representative James O’Neil said that they ran 85 cadets through weapon familiarization training, and are preparing for upcoming events, including a physical event and weapon assembly competition in Fort Dix, N.J. and an awards ceremony to celebrate the previous accolades of seniors going into their final year.
The Director of Communications position is vacant.
Provost Samuel Borer had no report.
Reports of Standing Committees
The Marketing Committee chair position is vacant.
Membership chair Melody Cropley told senators to let her know if they are interested in joining the committee.
Policy and Procedure chair Trevor Lessard said that the committee is brainstorming possible policy changes.
Political Activism chair Linh Phan had no report.
Services chair Bentley Simpson was not present, but Floreani reported that they are having their first meeting on Oct. 2.
Representative Board Reports
Commuter and Non-Traditional Students representative Amy Dias said that the annual pancake breakfast is coming up in the Commuter Lounge, and that they are working on Commuter Week at the end of October.
James “Jack” Brown was appointed Interim President of the Honors College Student Advisory Board.
The Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils had an all-Greek meeting at the CCA Wednesday night.
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee had no report.
Community Association Reports
The Student Heritage Alliance Council had no report.
Feminist Collective representative Meghan Frisard announced a clothing swap on Oct. 11, a Take Back the Night event in the North Pod on Oct. 17, and the 1 in 3 Week of Action at the end of October.
Wilde Stein: Queer Straight Alliance is working on Coming Out Week, beginning Oct. 16.
Women’s Soccer was granted $1,075 for league fees, referee fees and van rentals for fall and spring.
The Curling Club was granted $3,150 for plane tickets, hotels, registration fees and van rentals.
Women’s Rugby was granted $8,000 for lodging, van rentals and fees for the team, league and games.
The Senate passed an act to amend the Financial Policies, Section 1, Subsection C, Item six to make policies match new officer term lengths.
Special Orders and Announcements
Floreani reminded new senators that they need to meet with Legal Services in the coming weeks.