This Week in SA

The Student Association held their seventh weekly meeting of the semester Tuesday evening. The number of senators present was enough to make quorum.

The minutes from last week’s meeting were approved and the agenda for the current meeting was approved immediately after.

There was one guest to the senate. Kimberlyn Bailey, president of the philosophy club, spoke on behalf of the club to the senate. She reported that the club officers from last academic year never proposed a budget for this year. The philosophy club regularly has pizza at its meetings and Bailey said the club was asking for money to fund that pizza each week. She said that faculty had been paying out of pocket for the pizza up until this point. The philosophy club proposed $300 for funding pizza, an amount that would suffice for the remainder of the school year. A senator volunteered to write a bill for the proposal.

There was no public comment.

In executive reports, SA President Tucker Sholtes was absent for the meeting as he was attending a conference in New York City. Sholtes’s chief of staff, Ryan Hopf, told the senate that Sholtes has been working more on the end-of-year concert that will serve as an alternative event to the traditional Bridge Street Run. Hopf told the senate there are currently nine bands in the considering process and SA will have to pick three of them. Bids for each to perform at Oswego State will be going out next week. Hopf also discussed the schedule of the SUNY SA conference, which Oswego State is hosting for the first time, on Nov. 7 to 9. He said there would be a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on that Friday, a breakfast on Saturday morning where Oswego State President Deborah Stanley will be speaking and a dinner in Sheldon Hall. Hopf added that the Campus Calendar Committee still needs two representatives from SA on its committee. The committee plans the college’s breaks, holidays and events for the coming semesters. The committee is currently planning the 2018-2019 school year.

SA Vice President Neely Laufer reported that she got to meet former U.S. President Bill Clinton in Syracuse on Oct. 24. Clinton attended to rally support for Democrat Rep. Dan Maffei, the incumbent candidate running for New York state’s 24th congressional district. Laufer also discussed her role as being a part of the committee for Auxiliary Services.

Finance Director Elena Sanchez briefly reported that she discussed ways to improve with the finance committee.

In committee reports, Rules and Judiciary Chair Jillian Kranz said the committee met and they discussed bill writing. A required bill writing workshop for all new senators will be held next Tuesday before the meeting. Finance Committee Chair Tyler Jodeit said he has had to do some work amending the DECA bill because of a change in conferences that DECA members want to attend. DECA is an international association of high school and college students that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges across the globe. Student Involvement Committee Chair Shantol Williams said her committee did not meet because they did not meet quorum.

SA Civic Engagement Director Christopher Collins-McNeil reminded the senate that the Rock the Vote campaign will be hosting its election night party on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. in the downstairs food activity court in the Marano Campus Center.

Sen. Emily Nassir reminded the senate about the “Miss a Meal” event on Nov. 13. She will be tabling prior to the event and she had been talking to local restaurants about providing some form of discount for Oswego State students on that day. At this time, Franco’s is the only place that has agreed to a $1 off any product on that day.

New senators who were sworn in last week were appointed to committees.

In hall council reports, Williams said Sheldon Hall is starting the game “hall murder” soon. Kranz said she is helping in the works of a campus-wide competition for the residence hall with the most home-like room in the building.

Williams also said the African Student Organization is having a miniature Olympic competition on Nov. 8. Things like sack races and various obstacle races will be the competition. There will be various prizes, including gift cards.

There were no special orders.

There were no general orders.

In senator issues, Kranz addressed that senators should try to dress more business casual during the meetings. She said she felt the senators have drifted away from that tradition.

Sen. Jordan Dedrick was confirmed as the assistant director of on-campus living and Sarah Fessler was confirmed as the assistant director of public affairs.

The SA senate meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Lanigan 102. All meetings are open to the public.

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