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This week in GSS

Club presentations

The Black Student Union thanked the Student Senate for giving funds for the group’s annual trip to Washington D.C.

Executive reports

Vice President Bentley Simpson reported that new senator applications were out for next semester’s Student Senate elections. Simpson and Vice President for Student Organizations Taylor Cray met with Dana Carver-Bialer from the Leadership Programming Office about how the leadership office could help Student Senate.

Vice President for Financial Affairs Bradley Bailey reported $183,855.32 in unallocated funds. He reported a return of allocated funds of $19.56 from the Black Student Union and $96.65 from the Student Heritage Leadership Alliance Council.

Taylor Cray, the vice president for student organizations, reported that the International Student Association was the club of the week.

Vice President for Student Entertainment Corey Claflin reported that he is working to narrow the list of entertainers for the spring concert.

Periodic reports

Chair of the Fair Elections Practices Commission Matthew Akers reported that senator applications were open and due by Dec. 11 at 12 p.m.

Student Legal Services Liaison Cody Embleton reported Sean O’Mara handled two student cases in court that week and will be handling two more the following week.

Representative boards

Cole Lemelin with the Interfraternity Council reported that a new executive board was elected.

Sheldon Green with the Sustainability and Environmental Actions Division reported that the group is continuing to develop its TEDx event for the spring semester.

Community association reports

Brianna Belair with the Feminist Collective reported that the group held auditions for its Vagina Monologues event. They are also planning club elections.

The Wilde Stein: Queer Straight Alliance reported that the group is continuing to plan Pride Week and the True Colors event. They also have upcoming club elections.

The International Student Association reported that on Dec. 7 the group had its masquerade formal in Wells Conference Center.

Consent agenda

The Student Senate passed the consent agenda which allocated $800 to the International Student Association for its event in Quebec, Canada, and $750 to the Black Student Union for its 2019 winter retreat.

Unfinished business

The Student Senate voted down the proposal for a special committee called the Student Conduct Code Committee. A proposal for a similar committee will be presented in a future Senate meeting.

New business

After an extended period of debate, the Student Senate voted to allocate $3,100 to the Franco American Resource Opportunity Group for its trip to the Quebec Winter Carnival in February. The club asked to add over $1,000 to the amount that was presented but it wasn’t proposed by any student senators, so they were allocated the original amount.

Main motions

President Logan Aromando briefed the Student Senate on the switch to a college-based representation system and how the new system will be observed.

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