Student Government changes funding

The Osprey voice results are out, new positions have been filled, and funding for student government might change due to a new legislation in the B&A meeting.

Student Government. Courtesy of Student Government
Student Government. Courtesy of Student Government

Some of the open positions have been filled. The new treasurer is Mitchell McCauley and the new Senate President Pro-Tempore is Thoren Perego.

 

Budget & Allocation Committee

One legislation that took up most of the time at the B&A meeting was SB-17S-3085 (Rectifying a Cooperative Understanding). The goal of the bill is that Student Government and the Division of Student & International Affairs can exchange Activity, Service, Student Life, and Service fees.

Currently, under a Memorandum of Understanding between SG and Division of Student & International Affairs, SG only uses A&S fees while the Division of Student & International Affairs is funded by SLS fees.

However SG has borrowed $218,000 from the SLS fees to fund Jaguar tickets and the Homecoming comedians. This bill will make it possible for SG and the Division of Student & International Affairs to exchange funds.

Discussion went for over an hour and a half about the bill. Amendments were made to the bill and it will go in front of Senate next week.

Travel requests were made for the Finance and Investment Society, the ACDA UNF chapter, UNF Bass Fishing Club, UNF College Republicans, and the UNF Equestrian Club and Team. The new travel request budget is $5,569 for the rest of the semester.

There was only one special request from the Women in Business Society. They are hosting a Spring Forum and expect 115 students and 100 employers to attend. They requested $1,992.72 for the food they wish to serve. It was approved 4-1-0.

The new special request budget is $210,919.21 for the rest of the semester.

University and Student Affairs Committee

Only one legislation went up in the committee, JR-17S-3087 (Direction Correction). Th

is legislation calls for the University Space Committee to create more labels for several buildings that face the main walkways of the inner campus. The resolution was made in order to help students, staff, and visitors experience less confusion on campus.

The buildings they would like to add more labels to are: J.J Daniel Hall (Building 1), Founders Hall (Building 2), Skinner-Jones Hall South (Building 3), Honors Hall (Building 10), Thomas G. Carpenter Library (Building 12), Adam W. Herbert University Center (Building 43), Science and Engineering Building (Building 50), Social Sciences Building (Building 51), and Biological Sciences (Building 59).

After some amendments, the bill passed and will go on to Senate next week.

The committee also talked about what should be on the February Osprey Voice. Two topics were  considered – Campus Safety and Water Bottle Fill-Up Stations.

In January, Osprey Voice  asked students if they wanted access to syllabi before they registered for classes. 719 students answered the survey and 93.18% of students said that they would be interested in having access to course syllabi before/during course registration.

In the comments section of the survey, many students said that textbooks were a huge factor. Some students want to know what kind of textbooks to get before the class starts and see if textbooks were too expensive for the student that semester.

Government Oversight Committee

The GO Committee’s main purpose this week was filling appointments that will go to the Senate next week. There was 1 executive appointment, 2 judicial appointments, and 3 legislative appointments.

All appointments, except for Emily Jeffries, were approved and will go forward in the next Senate meeting.

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