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April 12, 2005

Burnt Orange Report from the Floor

By Karl-Thomas Musselman

Live, from the basement of the SSB, it's Burnt Orange Report from the Floor! Updates rolling on this exciting Student Government coverage in the extended entry as always... Tim Allen is liveblogging as well.

Oh, and if anyone wants to bring me food down here, leave me a comment or IM me at howarddean13.

The mood in the room is a bit chipper today, though it's still a bit empty as many of the appointments havn't been made yet for the Agency and Committee side of the room.

As Tim has already mentioned, Deputy to the President: Dr. Charles Roeckle is here, meaning it's a good time to take a nap, considering I had 2 hours of sleep last night. And by the way, he is soooo going over his 2 minute speaking limit for Open Forum if I remember correctly. (ed. 10 min now, thanks for reminding me Tim) BORFTF continues to wait for Vice President Elizabeth Brummett to entertain a motion to extend his speaking time.

7:30- Now Daily Texan Editor Ben Heath *swoon* is up to give an update about the propsal to remove Texan Editor Elections. I wish there was more to report at this point, but I think the big show would be the actual TSM board meeting where this would be discussed/voted on. Though it's interesting that no one in the Assembly really had questions, issues, stances on this that they want to question Ben about, beyond Director Chris Kennedy.

7:42- VP Brummett-"I'm entertaining and you can motion." You bet you're entertaining Ms. Brummett! You can entertain my motions at any time. Suspend the rules! Move appointments to the next Agenda item! Suspend the rules again! Move AB 1 to the next item! AB 1 is "In Support of Free and Open Source Software Awards" which was written by someone outside of the Assembly, Vlad Codrea, and is totally awesome! How often do you here "Mozilla Firefox Web-browser" in an SG meeting? So in that spirit, go download it (and Thunderbird for an e-mail client).

Just read the bill, it's awesome.

Whereas the use of Free and Open Source Software has already saved money for individuals, private businesses, and governmental agencies such as the cities of Munich, Germany and Bergen, Norway.

Whereas the governments of several third world countries including Brazil are switching from costly Non-Free Proprietary systems to Free and Open Source systems in order to provide disadvantaged children and low-income families with wider access to computers.

Approved by acclamation.

7:51- Henna Tayyeb, last's week's nominee for Internal Financial Director, is back up for a second time aften being rejected last week. Omar's looking on from the Exec table nodding as she notes "so long as Omar keeps bringing me back for appointment...because I know I can do this job". She had a largely pre-written speech answering point by point the charges leveled against her last week. I seriously hope that Reps continue to question her this week, as I personally don't know how much has changed.

Henna Money quote in response to Rep. Jack Waite's question..."No, I personally havn't taken any accounting classes, ...but I love Excel!"

I sense blood in the water though, which should make the actual debate period interesting in my opinion. Whoops, it seems that there will be no debate. Ok, that was really sad, voice vote. (Though Mr. President was certainly smiling.) Well, this should be a fun year. I'll hope for the bet, but I'm already missing the old Exec.

8:11- More appointments. Here is the list, if there is anything exciting, I'll mention it.

Alumni Relations Director – Jennifer McCook
Community Messages – Clayton Falls, Elgene Hernandez

8:20- VP Brummett is being snarky with her speaking power.

Student Forum Agency – John Norton, Amanda Johnson

8:25- John says, "Getting it done, snap, snap, snap." This has to be one of the more entertaining candidates. And Amanda Johnson is of course just awesome. *should be in the Assembly, cough, cough*

Underrepresented Recruitment and Retention Agency – Devin Fletcher, Yvette Garza

8:30- I find it a bit ironic that these people were not here, I daresay, they were 'underrepresented'.

Member Coordination Agency – George Hinchey, Nancy Almanza

8:34- Love Fest time! Approved.

Campus Safety – Elliott Reep, Bethany Huddleston

8:44- Rep. Grant Stannis attempted to amaze us with his Parlimentary skills (or by proxy prove how much larger a penis he has than the rest of the Assembly). He accomplished one of them, he did prove that he was a being a big dick. =) Love ya, Grant.

Bethany was being all "Oh I love Student Government, I'm so excited" like. I give that about two meetings before her soul is crushed.

Oh, the Underrepresented Appointees have now arrived (as has more snarkier commentary on my behalf).

Historical Research – Danny MacDonald

-not here

On and Off Campus Housing Agency – Madhavi Kasbekar, Colton Brugger

8:55- BORFTF Awards tonight for best hairdo/outerwear acessorizing go to Madhavi and Colton.

It should be noted at this time that I have completed my salad and am still quite hungry. I feel that I need more food...

Students with Disabilities – Lee Bagan
Student Services Agency – Steven Hargis, Amanda Surman
Student Services Fee Committee – Grant Stanis

9:27- Now we get to debate Stanis being on the SSFC. If I was president (which I'm very much not) I would not consider appointing conservatives to the most powerful committee in regards to student funds. *sigh* There is a lot of questioning, and it just reminds me how awful a Stanis Presidency would be in SG. I would totally resign.

Thanks to Director Kennedy and Former Arch. Rep. Mary Donaldson for asking Grant about his waltz-out last month, which didn't square with other comments he made. I personally worry that Stanis is going to represent himself, maybe the business school, and not really the rest of the student body when it comes to funding. It's a thing we always worry about in the Hill Country for local office, "personal agendas".

Oooo, it looks like we might move back out into debate after getting "this" close to voting. After some people learned this appointment only needed majority approval, not 2/3, they may have thought it was possibly to kill it. *Thanks to whomever was thinking that*

Grant attempted to appeal the ruling of the VP to send him out of the room during debate of his appointment. It failed. Now he's giving a very long winded speech. Sidenote, why do we seem to keep awarding people who walked out of the Assembly, with appointments? Two of them are on Exec, one of them (Grant) is now up for SSFC.

Time for debate!

11:07- And boy was there debate, there is a very good chance that the Assembly could knock this down. But after a short recess, Grant motioned to move to the next appointment, to allow some of his friends from Business Council to come. So we did, and moved back to allow them to speak. Unfortunatly the first speaker made some very true statements, that also brought up some of the very point why people would vote against Grant, i.e. representing the Business Council sooo well, and is always there for the Business School, and is against Flat rate tuition, and etc. The issue many people have is that as an appointment to a body where he would be representing the entire student body, he would still be only representing himself or the Business Council.

I must say this, I'm a bit startled by, and proud of, the Assembly's willingness to bite into some of these appointments (because we havn't gotten to bills yet so this is all I have to go on). Real debate is a nice change, though I am beginning to miss some of the personalities of the old Assembly. But I think that would happen next year as well.

And the Assembly passed it 19-14-1. I think I may be going home soon. I don't really have much of a reason to stay. I'm not sure if it will be worth it to try to hang out for the Reform Bills for discussion.

Survey Research Agency – Regina Dombkowski
Transportation Agency – Jim Kachelmeyer
External Appointments Director – Lauren Gilstrap
Freshman Leadership Organization – Seth Hayes
Transfer Student Agency – Taryn Dusek, Weston Carls
Outreach Agency – Christie Mechler, Carina Sahni
Faculty Council – Clare Richardson
Texas Student Media Board – Brandon Chicotsky
International Education Fee Scholarship – Lindsay Fitzpatrick
Medical Services Fee Advisory Committee – Sapan Shukla, Nicole Capriles
Student Health Center Advisory Committee – Clay Barnett, Saranya Chinnappan
Study Abroad Committee – Katy Castleberry, Charrisa Grubbs
UTSEES- Katherine Fillmore
VSLC Liaison – Alexandra Baer

Posted by Karl-Thomas Musselman at April 12, 2005 07:17 PM | TrackBack


Dibs on some of the BOR food!

Posted by: chrisken at April 12, 2005 07:48 PM

I thought Eric Longoria did a good job asking questions.

Posted by: chrisken at April 12, 2005 07:50 PM

3rd on the food request - this trail mix from the vending machine ain't cuttin' it :)

Posted by: Fertitta at April 12, 2005 07:53 PM

Regarding Dr. Charles Roeckle, open forum is still limited to 2 minutes, but he was a guest so he had 20 minutes.

Posted by: chrisken at April 12, 2005 07:53 PM

By the way, anyone who's in SG but doesn't have an account yet, get one here:

Posted by: chrisken at April 12, 2005 08:02 PM

Courtney Livingston: "Are you going to continue being involved in the things that prevented you from meeting with Jessica this week?" Talk about hypocrisy.

Posted by: chrisken at April 12, 2005 08:09 PM

Haha, I have Rep. Rugoff's leftover Chinese Salad. Though, I would still eat anything else brought to me. New Policy: Nice comments to those that bring me food, snarky ones to those that comment about food, but don't bring me any. :)

Posted by: Karl-T at April 12, 2005 08:29 PM

hey its not letting me register for the SG website

Posted by: Fertitta at April 12, 2005 08:44 PM

Same here, what's up with that Director Kennedy?

Posted by: Karl-T at April 12, 2005 08:57 PM

Dude KT, you already have an account. If it's not working email me.

Posted by: chrisken at April 12, 2005 09:01 PM

I again want to differ from the fashionable Stanis-bashing. I don't think that being a conservative would represent any impediment in serving on the SSF Committee. Grant has been an active advocate for accessible tuition. I think he definitely has the backbone to disagree with the administration if that's necessary.
About the walk-out in the last meeting of the past Assembly, I think people need to ask also others about their roles, like Omar.
In any case KT, have you tried to sit down and talk with Grant about all SG and university issues? do it.

Posted by: cme@lbj at April 12, 2005 10:45 PM

I think we put too much emphasis on having an accounting background to handle these kind of budgeting jobs. In the SEC our last budget director was a liberal arts student, not the traditional accounting student, and revolutionized the process along with KD (business student, yes) and Nada (comm grad). That's a budget of over 400,000 and a budget process that is the rival of any on campus.


Posted by: matth at April 12, 2005 11:00 PM

re: Stanis is a douche. Stanis-bashing is fashionable because it's so damn easy. Regardless of what may be well-intended ideas for the university, his approach to the assembly is condescending and unwarranted. Kudos to what looked like a cookie-cutter assembly for not letting Grant get by with his shit so easily. And as far as the others' roles in the walkout and not showing up for the special session--what a joke. As KT noted above, they're now sitting on exec. I get all tingly inside just thinking about that leadership potential.

Posted by: boehnke at April 12, 2005 11:51 PM


Posted by: Fertitta at April 13, 2005 12:17 AM

Calm calm, this is, after all, student government. He is a little hard driving but he means well. Seems unfair to make him bear the brunt of the ticket controversy. Other folks were just as responsible and I think they deserve just as much blame/credit as he does. Of course I give them credit not blame...

Posted by: James Burnham at April 13, 2005 02:05 AM

So did Omar never get a chance to talk about the elimination of students' rights to elect the Daily Texan editor?

Posted by: Michael Hoffman at April 13, 2005 03:46 AM

I understand why Grant was upset. I really do. I'd be hurt too if people I thought were my friends debated my character and/or personality for hours behind closed doors (as much as I think the criticism was deserved). However, throwing a hissy fit at the mic is NOT the best way to convince the assembly that you are of sound mind and good character, especially if they just voted YES to your appointment. I think that should just be common sense.

Posted by: Amanda at April 13, 2005 10:23 AM

I'm with Annie...but was anyone else aware that Grant demanded a UTPD escort to the special session because he was affraid of Matt Stolhandske?? haha

Posted by: Mary D at April 13, 2005 02:03 PM

haha mary that's pretty funny -- too be honest.. I'm a bit afraid of Matt also :)

Posted by: Fertitta at April 13, 2005 07:00 PM
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