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April 20, 2004

Burnt Orange Report From the Floor

By Karl-Thomas Musselman

I am here again on the floor of the first Student Government meeting with another additinon of Burnt Orange Report from the floor which will become a regular feature here on BOR each Tuesday evening during the spring and fall semesters.

Major points so far... and forgive my spelling mistakes as I am sure there will be some until I am finished.

Approved to fill President Brent Cheney's 2 year at large seat is Chris Kennedy, 3rd year student, who has haunted the Student Government forums and meetings for quite some time now. Kudos to him though I'm sure Andrew may have his own thoughts. Well, I know he has his own thoughts but I'm not going to be the one to say them.

Approved to fill the office of Executive Director is Amy Chiou (3rd year government, president of liberal arts council last year, Orange Jackets). During debate 3 spoke in favor, one against.

Approved to be Internal Finance Director is Jessica Rice, Junior, Plan II Government Major, involved with orange jackets and Student Government in some way

Approved to be Attorney General, Amber .... 3rd year Government major, FLO, Student Government Junkie. Wants to make office les reactive, not worry about attendance as much because she 'knows that each and every one of us will be here each Tuesday night."

Approved to be External Finance Director is Dan Pascal, 2nd year Government Major. Wants to improve communication with outside sources, plans on attending West campus zoning meetings, strengthen external fundraising, improve alumni relations to improve fundraising, date auction with SG President Brent Cheney as an outside the box fundraising idea in response to question from the floor.

Approved to be Secretary is Andrew Laddum, first year government major. Wants to make sure that minutes are continued online, mentioned something about social community. I'm listening to him right now and just hope he is more organized that he sounds simply because of the bill passed last week which will require Agency Directors and others to submit reports to the Secretary for posting online.

Approved to be Legislative Relations Agency Director is Ravad Bajaria who has worked within the agency for the past year. I'm guessing this is just an internal promotion. Fine by me.

Approved to be Freshman Leadership Organization Director is CJ Gin. He wants to start getting mentor program started sooner to improve student government's image across campus, publicise FLO at mooove in during the summer, increase membership. Of course, just as a personal note since FLO has been very powerful of late in making One Party wins in SG, I think that the assembly is going to approve anyone who increases FLO membership as it generally helps keep those more closly tied to SG in power. Does that mean me too now?

Dress Code: Business Causual quote-"no jeans, no t-shirts, no tennis shoes"
What Karl is Wearing: jeans, t-shirt, tennis shoes

Like that is going to stop me! BOR readers should know that I am not one to dress up unless I absolutly have to.

Representative Privledge (talking time) is really long tonight. Kinda like this entry is getting.

Rep. Laura Gladney-Lemon, uber SG sctivist gave an incredibly emotional speech at the end of the forum because this morning she had someone moooo at her, due to her weight. She has been working all semester she told the assembly, on putting together a proposal that relates to attempting to get UT to imput a weight-hight ratio into it's non-discrimination policy.

8:45 We finally move into new business.

AR 1: Resolution in Opposition to UT's Los Alamos big has been tabled until next week at the request of the sponsor.

AR 2: Resolution to Support Pay Equity (for women) was proposed to be amended, watering it down to a more simple resolution of recognition of April 20 as National Pay Equity Day due to the lack of knowledge of the status if pay equity at UT. There is argument of the day on which to honor the day, even though the day is dependent on how long women would have to work into 2004 in order to reach the total earnings of an average man in 2003.

The resolution was abruptly brought to a vote to table in mid discussion. The bill was tabled 29-9. A motion to reconsider was denied as it was out of order as other business was still pending. It was made known that it would be possible if the rules were voted to be suspended and then a motion to reconsider was passed.

AB 1: Altering Internal Rules to Post Attendance and Voting Records Online

All SG Representatives will likely become sponsors to this bill so it should sail through next week. Finally.

We return to a back and forth debate on how can suspend rules for bringing back AR 2. Motions flying in more directions than can be counted. And I'm not going to try. There seems to be a Parlimentary Battle going on.

That is all from your Burnt Orange Report From the Floor.

Posted by Karl-Thomas Musselman at April 20, 2004 07:26 PM | TrackBack


Thanks Karl. I hope you keep up the floor reports, they're quite entertaining. One correction: Ravad Bajaria was appointed to LRA (Legislative Relations Agency) Director, not to be confused with LLA (Longhorn Legislative Aides).

Andrew, I'd like to hear your criticisms, especially now that ticket-identities are somewhat less polarizing. And did you see my last argument on focus v. reprezent? The topic was pretty far down by that point so you might have missed it. I always enjoy debate on SG historical issues as I've been researching SG history non-stop since August.

Also, if anyone's interested, I have a big list of goals/projects/ideas which I'll be working on for SG in my profile

Posted by: chrisken at April 21, 2004 01:59 AM

My mother told me if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all so on the subject of Chris Kennedy I'll just let it ride for the time being. I will say that a guy who is against educating students about tolerance towards racial minorities and who stands idly by as our university profits off of slave labor might not be the best choice for that seat.

Btw- its Amber Billingsly, who is probably perfect for AG. She was the University Policy co-chair last year and she is intelligent and tough in a good way. She won't let any bullshit go down.

Sorry to see a virtually all-white exec appointed, but what else would one expect.

Posted by: Andrew D at April 21, 2004 05:02 PM

Yeah, appointing people based on whether or not they would vote for two random resolutions sounds like a great evaluation method, especially considering that the one you co-authored failed miserably (and which I actually defended) and that combined they were the cause of 90% of the SG criticism this year.

Posted by: chrisken at April 22, 2004 06:06 PM

looking for a Dan Pascal stationed at Edzell Scotland in the 60,s just wondering if you know of him or his where abouts,thankyou for any help in this matter...Maureen

Posted by: maureen at January 23, 2005 08:29 AM
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