Senate proposes permanent meeting time adjustment

A proposal to move meeting times for all student government-related organizations to one night was discussed during the first Student Senate meeting of the semester Monday.

Senate is looking to approve a proposal to move all meetings – executive boards, committees, CAB and Senate – to Monday, rather than the current system of Senate meeting Monday nights and CAB on Tuesday nights.

The purpose of this proposal is to ensure that students and advisers involved in student government can dedicate one night per week to meetings, allowing more time to be active on campus.

One of the options proposes that meetings would begin at 4 p.m. Monday with a meeting of the executive boards, followed by committees at 4:30 p.m. After the adjournment of those two meetings, CAB would meet at 5 p.m. and Senate at 5:30 p.m.

The other option proposes executive boards meeting at 4:30 p.m., committees and CAB at 5 p.m. and Senate at 6 p.m.

The meeting time change would allow clubs to discuss ideas and upcoming events in CAB meetings, then present the information gathered in the meeting to Senate immediately following adjournment of the CAB meeting. If this change is put in place, the decision-making process will be sped up for both CAB and Senate.

If the meetings were held in one night, the current issue for Senate waiting for CAB discussion would be reduced. Currently, Senate must wait a week before voting on issues brought forth in CAB meetings the night following. With the meetings occurring consecutively, student government decisions could be reached sooner.

CAB would also have the opportunity to proactively communicate with Senate rather than waiting a week to address any concerns.
This proposal would become effective Sept. 10, pending approval from both CAB and Senate. More details on this proposal will come at the next Senate meeting, Sept. 10.

Two senators were sworn in during Monday’s meeting. Michael Pacheco-Woolman, freshman of Broomfield, Colorado, and Natnael Tadesse, junior of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, were elected senators and voted unanimously into office.

The polls for the High Rise senator position open Wednesday, Sept. 5 and close at noon, Friday, Sept. 7.

Aaron Jones, sophomore of Custer, South Dakota, and Kristina McGann, senior of Broken Bow, are running for the High Rise senator positions.
Christian Hulsey was re-elected as the Solicitor General for Senate.

Senate currently has $59,880 in unallocated funds.

Senate approved $495 for an educational license that would allow the campus to show a documentary raising awareness on suicide. This license works solely for this specific documentary, but the license allows the film to be shown repeatedly, rather than on a restricted basis.

Senate also approved $341.60 to pay for eight-dozen cookies and 200 pocket Constitution booklets for a Constitution Day celebration on Sept. 18 in the Student Center. The celebration is with Justice Studies and co-sponsored with the English department and School of Liberal Arts Dean James Margetts.

The first Free Bowling Night of the semester, sponsored by CAB, will be from 6-9 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9 at Hilltop Lanes.

As Monday, Sept. 3 is Labor Day, there will be no Senate meeting next Monday. The next meeting will be held at 5 p.m., Monday,
Sept. 10.

%d bloggers like this: