Agenda for April 24_ 2007 Meeting

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					                               Minutes for May 1, 2007 Meeting


I.        Call Meeting to Order: Meeting called to order at 7:24pm

II.       Roll Call #1

III.      Approval of Minutes: Minutes approved

IV.       Guests

       A. Dr. Bob Harkins- Associate Vice President for Campus Safety and Security
              1. I oversee the e-bus and ask you to support the resolution in support of the
                 e-bus. We do not want to change the location of the downtown e-bus
                 stop. We transport over 140,000 students each year and, as far as we
                 can tell, UT students are not causing problems at the downtown stop.
       B. Bobby Stone (PTS)
       C. Robert Codner (Capital Metro)

Motion to suspend the rules and move AR4 to the next item on the agenda
    Motion seconded
    Motion passes

AR 4: In Support of the E-Bus

Motion to approve by acclamation
    Motion seconded
    AR4 is approved

Motion to suspend the rules and move QSA Director appointments and 2-year At Large
appointment to the next item on the agenda
    Motion seconded
    Motion passes

Ryan Miller- Queer Students Alliance
Angie Faye Brown- Queer Students Alliance
    Motion to approve by acclamation
    Motion seconded
    Ryan Miller and Angie Faye Brown are approved

Nathan Bunch- 2-year At Large Representative and Campus Fusion
    Motion to approve by acclamation
    Motion seconded
    Nathan Bunch is approved

Appointees take the oath of office

       D. Brian Haley- Former UT System Student Regent (2006-2007) and Student
          Government President (2003-2004)
                     1. I was president when tuition deregulation passed and students
                        had to determine how to work with the new process. Larry
                        Faulkner agreed that students need to be involved and the Tuition
                        Advisory Committee was formed. I realized that UT was not
                        receiving proper funding and was losing its professors because it
                        was not raising salaries to keep up with inflation. We concluded
                        that we would raise tuition, but also needed to receive more
                        financial aid from the state. Though many students carry
                        significant financial burdens, the reason for tuition increases is not
                        tuition deregulation, but the lack of funding from the legislature.
       E. Stacy Torres
                             1. Cesar Chavez statue will be unveiled October 9
                             2. We expecting up to 3000 people to attend the unveiling
                             3. Please help promote the event

V.        Open Forum
             A. Kyle Carpenter- Freshman Leadership Organization
                   1. May 4, 5-10pm at Mellow Mushroom
             B. Grace Lee
                   1. UT Remembers- this Friday
                   2. 8:30am- flag lowering
                   3. Hospitality throughout day
                   4. Afternoon- ceremony
                   5. Please help distribute ribbons 10am-1pm tomorrow to promote the
                       event
             C. Zack Hall- Co-director of Legislative Relations Agency
                   1. Thank you for coming to Tax-free Textbooks hearing on Monday
                   2. Senate will be voting on the bill
                   3. We will need everyone to make one phone call to support the bill

VI.       Ex-Officio Reports

          A. Graduate Student Assembly
          B. Senate of College Councils- Stephen Meyers
                1. Thank you for coming to forums on the plus/minus grading issue
                2. Please support tonight’s resolution regarding this issue
          C. Student Events Center
          D. Student Services

VII.      Appointments

          A. Matt Becknal- On and Off Campus Housing Agency
                1. Motion to approve by acclamation
                2. Motion seconded
                3. Matt Becknal is approved
          B. Taylor Ellison- Philanthropy Co-Director
          C. Danielle Brown- Philanthropy Co-Director
                1. Motion to approve by acclamation
                2. Motion seconded
                3. Taylor Ellison and Danielle Brown are approved
          D. Andrew Guevara- Historical Research Agency
         1. Motion to approve by acclamation
         2. Motion seconded
         3. Andrew Guevara is approved
E.   Alex Kuiper- Student Veterans Agency
         1. Motion to approve by acclamation
         2. Motion seconded
         3. Alex Kuiper is approved
F.   Kali Rogers- Community Messages Agency
         1. Motion to approve by acclamation
         2. Motion seconded
         3. Kali Rogers is approved
G.   Diana Martinez- Underrepresented and Recruitment Agency
H.   Vanessa Villa- Underrepresented and Recruitment Agency
         1. Motion to approve by acclamation
         2. Motion seconded
         3. Diana Martinez and Vanessa Villa are approved
I.   Ryan Martinez- Transfer Student Agency
         1. Motion to approve by acclamation
         2. Motion seconded
         3. Ryan Martinez is approved
J.   Sara Ostrosky- UT Students Enriching Education through Services and
     Service Learning Center Liaison
         1. Motion to approve by acclamation
         2. Motion seconded
         3. Sara Ostrosky is approved
K.   Grant Rauscher- International Education Fee Scholarship Committee
         1. Motion to approve by acclamation
         2. Motion seconded
         3. Grant Rauscher is approved
L.   Jacob Sager- Student Advocates for Non-violence Director
         1. Motion to approve by acclamation
         2. Motion seconded
         3. Jacob Sager is approved
M.   Chris Plummer- Judicial Commission and Community Coordinating Board
         1. Motion to approve by acclamation
         2. Motion seconded
         3. Chris Plummer is approved
N.   Melessa Rodriguez- Community Coordinating Board and Campus Fusion
O.   Rebecca Weiser- Community Coordinating Board and Campus Fusion
         1. Motion to approve by acclamation
         2. Motion seconded
         3. Melessa Rodriguez and Rebecca Weiser are approved
P.   Adam Setapen- Campus Technology Agency
         1. Motion to approve by acclamation
         2. Motion seconded
         3. Adam Setapen is approved
Q.   Shyna Zhang- Hook ‘em Arts (tabled from last week)
         1. Motion to approve by acclamation
         2. Motion seconded
         3. Shyna Zhang is approved
Motion to suspend the rules and move AB3 to the next item on the agenda
      Motion seconded
      Motion approved

AB 3: Internal Rules 2007-2008

This proposal was approved by the internal rules committee.

Motion to approve by acclamation
    Motion seconded
    AB3 is approved

Motion to suspend the rules and move AB4 to the next item on the agenda
    Motion seconded
    Motion approved

AB 4: Bylaws 2007-2008

Motion to fast track AB4
    Motion seconded
    AB4 is fast tracked

Motion to approve by acclamation
    Motion seconded
    AB4 is approved

Motion to suspend the rules and move AR2 to the next item on the agenda
    Motion seconded
    AR2 is moved to the next item on the agenda

AR 2: Calling on the Texas Legislature to Increase Funding to Public
Universities & Repeal Tuition Deregulation

Zack Hall- Tuition at UT has increased 57% since tuition deregulation. Tuition
deregulation is a direct cause of student debt.
Alex- Legislature wants the financial burden to remain on students as opposed to the
state.
Tony McDonald- Students will voice their opinion on this issue. We need to address the
key problem of under funding from the state. Tuition regulation will allow all students to
get involved with this issue.

Motion to move into the debate
    Motion seconded
    Motion approved

Motion to restrict the time of the debate to 30 minutes total
    Motion seconded
    Motion approved

Yea side
    Tony McDonald
Nay side
    Keshav Rajagopalan- Tuition regulation and state funding are two separate
       issues
Yea side
    Bradford Howard- It is important to have some degree of certainty
Nay side:
    Preston Powell- Tuition regulation and state funding are two separate issues
Yea side
    Tony McDonald- Tuition regulation and state funding are correlated
Nay side
    Erika Knudson- Tuition increases are necessary to maintain high quality of
       education. Lower and middle class families do not experience full effects of
       tuition increases.
Yea side
    Mary Gonzales- Tuition deregulation was intended to be temporary. Everyone
       should be able to participate in a state institution. Currently, all power over tuition
       is concentrated in Board of Regents. It is easier to hold people accountable in
       state legislature.
Nay side
    Clark Patterson- The majority of UT students come from high income families.
       Those who benefit the most from a college education should bear the costs of
       their degree.
Yea side
    Ben Trotter- The Board of Regents has not made responsible tuition decisions
Nay side:
    Keshav Rajagopalan
Conclusions
    Yea side- Zack Hall
    Nay side- Danielle Rugoff

AR2 Fails

Motion to suspend the rules and move AR5 to the next item on the agenda
    Motion seconded
    Motion approved

AR 5: Calling on the Texas Legislature to Increase Funding to The University of
Texas at Austin

Motion to fast track AR5
    Motion seconded
    Motion approved

Motion to approve by acclamation
    Motion seconded
    AR5 is approved

Motion to suspend the rules and move AR7 to the next item on the agenda
    Motion seconded
       Motion approved

Motion to fast track AR7
    Motion seconded
    Motion fails

Motion to suspend the rules and move unfinished business followed by new business as
the next item on the agenda
     Motion seconded
     Motion approved

AB 1: Granting Spending Powers to the Executive Branch

Motion to approve AB1 by acclamation
    Motion seconded
    AB1 is approved

Motion to fast track AR6
    Motion seconded
    AR6 is fast tracked

AR 6: Calling on the Faculty Council to Table the Motion on the Undergraduate
Grading System Change

Keshav Rajagopalan: Would like the issue to be tabled until faculty council gains more
information about what students really want

Motion to approve AR6 by acclamation
    Motion seconded
    AR6 is approved

VIII.   Executive Reports
           A. President: Andrew C. Solomon- a.solomon@mail.utexas.edu
                  1. Election Reform- Would like to form task force this summer made
                     up of both Student Government members and non Student
                     Government members
                  2. Student Tickets- Would like to make improvements in the way
                     these are done
                  3. Summer Orientation – 11am on Wednesday, will provide an
                     opportunity to speak with all incoming freshmen
                  4. Starbucks in the Union – Coming in the fall

           B. Vice President: Nicole Trinh- netrinh@austin.utexas.edu
              1. Platform Projects: Representatives should have signed up for
                 individual projects. These projects are not restricted to just members
                 of the Assembly, anyone can work on these! Stay tuned for meetings
                 to address them.
              2. UT Sustainability: The University Ad-Hoc Committee on Sustainability
                 met last week and reports included the first LEED (Leadership in
                 Energy and Environmental Design) building certified as a ‘green’
          building is the Research Office Complex of the Pickle Research
          Campus. UT was also named #1 in waste minimization out of the
          nation during the Recycle Mania competition.
       3. Summer Orientation Session: Spread the word to incoming freshmen
          you know that our Optional Orientation Session will be every
          Wednesday at 11am in the UTC. If you are in town, please come to
          the session!
       4. Rep of the Week: Anne Herndon for attending the Plus/Minus Grading
          Forum on Thursday hosted by Senate and authoring legislation on it.
          Great job!

   C. Executive Director: Jordan Davisson- jordandavisson@mail.utexas.edu
      1. Internal Affairs Meeting- 3:15 this Friday in the SG Office
      2. Attendance- key words: E-mail Jordan! In ADVANCE!
      3. Agency Assemblies
      4. Director of the Week- Liam O’Rourke

   D. Communications Director: Vicki Nguyen-
   vicki.nguyen@bba04.mccombs.utexas.edu
       1. Newsletter will be sent out every 2 weeks during the summer
       2. Freshman Orientation
       3. Outreach
       4. Joke of the Week

E. External Financial Director: Stephen Gilstrap-sgilstrap@mail.utexas.edu
      1. SG Business Cards – Representatives and Agency Directors can
          order 100 business cards for $10. If you would like to order cards,
          email me at stephengilstrap@austin.utexas.edu with your name,
          position, cell phone, and email.
      2. Mobile Campus Update – Frankie and I met with Mobile Campus on
          Friday to discuss orientation and other UT initiatives. We are working
          to ensure constant communication to avoid issues.
      3. Fundraising Committee Meeting – Fundraising Committee will be
          meeting at 9:00 on Wednesday, May 2nd in the SG Office.
      4. Fundraising for Next Year – I am compiling a list of potential
          fundraisers for the upcoming year. If you have an idea in mind for an
          event or project, let me know. The key is to plan early, so send me
          your ideas to help benefit SG and the UT Community.

F. Internal Financial Director: Frankie Shulkin-fshulk714@aol.com
       1. Jester Satellite Office – We are ordering a banner soon and working
           on the visual appeal of the office. We will keep it open this summer
           during orientations and other significant dates. Contact me or Nathan
           Bunch if you will be in Austin this summer. We could use your help
           staffing the office.
       2. The Finance Committee met this past Sunday. Javier will provide an
           update.
       3. I am working to set the deadline for Summer Appropriation
           applications. Again, let me know when I email the list serve in the
           coming weeks if you will be in Austin this summer to assist with
           interviews.
                4. If you would like to take part in the Finance Committee’s efforts to
                   plan an SG Finance workshop, let me know. We will be meeting over
                   the summer to plan the program.

        G. Secretary to the Assembly: Chelsea Wade-
           chelsea.wade@bba05.mccombs.utexas.edu
           1. End of year social at El Mercado- Monday, May 7 at 5pm

IX.     Committee Reports

           A.   Rules
           B.   Finance
           C.   Internal Affairs
           D.   Outreach
           E.   Fundraising
           F.   Legislative Policy

X.      Unfinished Business
           A. AB 2: Freshman Representation Amendment

XI.     New Business

XII.    Agency Director Reports

XIII.   Representative Reports

           A.   Bunch: Sign up to staff the Jester office during the summer
           B.   Umberger: Please do not discourage your constituents
           C.   Alarcia-Mencia: Working to improve engineering career services
           D.   Massey: Please feel free to ask questions about rules
           E.   Villarreal: Please respond to student attempts to communicate

XIV.    Announcements
           A. Umberger: Splash Bash Monday May 7, 12-4pm Gregory Gym aquatics

XV.     Roll Call #2 for Representatives

XVI.    Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 10:00pm

				
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