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April 19, 2005

Burnt Orange Report from the Floor

By Karl-Thomas Musselman

Tuesday= Student Government reporting. I'm sorry if you find these totally local, but there is a large community of BOR readers that appreciate this commentary. I'm extended entry-ing the report so you can skip over this if not interested or refresh the entry for the latest snarking. Anyone who wants to bring me food, feel free to, or IM me at howarddean13.

Agenda Here

Major Bills this Week:

AB1: The Election Improvement Act of 2005
AB2: Election Reform
AB3: Improving Student Government Operations
AB4: Internal Rules

7:15- This week we are in the Gregory Games room, in an attempt to appear "Open" and more Connected to students. Of course this happens every year so unless this is repeated more than once or twice, I'm not going to sound the bells for free and open government quite yet. The fact that KVR-News (new awesome website!) is here broadcasting the meeting and taping it for later in the week if far more productive to open government in my opinion. Though granted there are a few more non-SG people in the audience tonight, meaning more than Tim Allen (liveblogging), Director Kennedy, and the people who lost their way to the Vending Machine and stumbled in.

7:22- I'm so loving the rolling rrr's by El Presidenta Omar Ochoa of representative's names. Rrrrowwrrr!

7:23- The KVR camera gal behind me keeps talking on her headset and is upsetting many of us trying to listen to the President's Report.

7:29- Woot, Vice President's Report. Brummett rocks the house but kills the mood by mentioning the dreaded phrase "sign-up sheet". It gives me shudders every time.

7:30- Business Rep. Grant Stanis is just loving the cameras. I can't imagine how much more annoying it will be this meeting because of that. Maybe cameras are a bad idea after all, and to think that he has legislation up tonight, good grief!

7:40- Lots of cheering about SG getting a slot in the Orientation session over the summer. Are they mad?! More exposure, and to freshman... that should be helpful for building earlier ties to next year's SG campaigns.

Honestly I have a hard time blogging anything in the Exec reports. Especially considering I'm SOOOOO hungry.

7:43- Mmmm, Rep. Stanis suspends the rules! I'm sure that freaked out some of the KVR viewers that don't know it's standard procedure to do most anything. Of course, that would assumer there are people watching this (which would include me, Tim, and Director Kennedy if we weren't here).

Now up for approval to 2 Year at Large is Morgan Rucker. She's a freshman, coordinated the Jester dorm GOTV effort for Connect, lists Executive Director Dan Paschal as her reference, and just got approved without opjection or debate. Because asking questions, any questions might not look good on camera. Though I just realized that in SG elections, freshman drive the vote, but in reality are totally getting used by the upper-classmen that actually are on the ballot. A point to ponder.

7:52- Reps at the Mic. Smile for the cameras! E. Brummett sure is...

8:08- So I just got finished speaking at the mic, giving one of my few reports of the year. Plus I'm just a media whore like 80% of the people in the room. I hear I was subdued, though it's really just because I got the look from E-Brum (my new nickname for the VP) who I think was watching the clock. Hey at least mine wasn't as long as Elliott Reep's.

On to AB 1. As Tim has already noted, SEC has requested that the Union Board office be separated issue is now out of the bill. Rep. Stanis has an amendement to change wording related to solve the stacking issue that happens to fill the end of tickets. It's quite confusing to me so I'm not going to think about it.

Well, they tabled it for 20, so yay for getting that out of my mind.

8:35- I've been talking with Jennifer Harris (University policy Director, one of the new positions created by Omar) by aim, because we committee and agency chairs are totally about flouting the unwritten rule about AIM in the meetings. I'm glad to have helped her out with extending her battery life as she attempts to survive this meeting. I would support a resolution to have more plugs available for all of SG during meetings. Tracking down the best plugs are about the only reason I show up early most of the time.

8:49- Still not paying attention. This is why I wanted to just get rid of tickets, less talk about this kinda crap. I'm going to grab some food instead.

9:01 Yay for voting down moving the iPod raffle forward. People should have to suffer 5 hours of this if they really want it. Plus maybe no one will stay and SG can keep it and thus, make money off of it for having had not to give it away. And then give it to me.

9:45- And Tim and I are back from JCL to get food. The body was in the same debate as when we left, a motiong by Rep. Stanis to strike Section 3 from the Bill (which eliminated ticket labels from just the ballot). That of course, after all that debate we missed, failed.

Then the vote on AB 1 was up, and it passed 22-15. Hooray for watered down election reform. There was little fanfare.

AB 2 was withdrawn. AB 3 is now in debate. Why, I have no idea. But Director Chris Kennedy (ITECH) is not looking thrilled.

10:05- AB 3 passes. There was much rejoicing. I think because we got another piece of legislation behind us.

Talking now about the TSP resolution which is going to be tabled according to the author? I'm confused. Oh well, no matter.

Announcements time. This is the point where everyone talks but nobody listens. Compared to the meeting where everyone listens, but nobody cares.

I think the best part of tonight were the various attempts to move the iPod drawing to the next item on the agenda! The only remaining announcement will be the iPod winner which I will make in comment form.

10:20- I thought there would be nothing better, but someone is bringing up the fact that they might bring up a resolution next week complaining about the word "Blacklist" in the webmail system and that it should be changed to a more acceptable word like "Block". I know that here at BOR we use MT-Blacklist to deal with spam and you know what, it does a hell of a good job and you know what, it has nothing to do with blacks or negative connotations. Taking PC too far methinks.

The iPod. First went to Grant Cohen who wasn't here. Then it went to James Burnham, Connect's Union Board Rep which caused a bit of consternation and led me to motion that the UB people not be eligible which was denied I guess for not having a clue what kind of motion it was. Sorry, but it was far too much fun to argue about.

Posted by Karl-Thomas Musselman at April 19, 2005 07:17 PM | TrackBack

Comments

KT, I'm hurt you didn't cover my report... the UTPD forum needs all the publicity it can get! Would it be so hard to give it a teensy tiny plug?

Actually never mind, I'm going to do it. Wednesday night, April 20 (my birthday!), at 5 p.m. in Geology 2.102--you, yes you, can meet the UTPD without having to be arrested! The Chief will be there, along with some miscellaneous Lieutenants. They're going to talk about campus safety, and it could possibly get interesting if people with opinions show up. So please, please come join us. That's all I ask...

Posted by: Amanda at April 19, 2005 08:38 PM

thanks for helping with my computer...i don't know what i would do without you!

Posted by: Jennifer at April 19, 2005 08:46 PM

KT I am hurt that you didn't include me in the list of people probably watching on KVR TV. Oh, wait I am not. Muahahah. I quit- I never have to go again.

Posted by: Matt Stolhandske at April 19, 2005 08:49 PM

Haha, thanks Matt. We miss you. This would be far more interesting with you here.

Posted by: Karl-T at April 19, 2005 08:53 PM

E-Brum was mine first. This is definitly dragging on. The most contentious issue of the night was the IPod motion. Texan Editor is coming up so I hope everyone votes to keep it elected. Ticket reform looks good though, I hope it passes. Thanks to Chris Kennedy for letting me use his comp.

Posted by: JamesBurnham at April 19, 2005 09:01 PM

My nickname I mean

Posted by: JamesBurnham at April 19, 2005 09:02 PM

Yeah Matt, but you're obviously following the liveblog, so you might as well just watch us on TV. Plus, we're pretty! You should want to watch us. Oh and yes, we all miss you, especially your points of order. I don't think we've had one tonight.

Posted by: Amanda at April 19, 2005 09:06 PM

People will definitly vote for funny names without tickets - I did my freshman year :). Nobody is going to read these bios, come on.

Posted by: JamesBurnham at April 19, 2005 09:07 PM

I shouldn't be here anymore, I'm out of office as well. I just came to support the International Relations Major and talk about it (we are trying to have a new Masters degree as well), but it is taking so long. Now I'm just staying so I can win the I-pod!

Posted by: cme@lbj at April 19, 2005 09:39 PM

BTW, preliminary data from the Daily Texan and SG poll shows that the majority of students support the editor being elected.

Here is the exact wording of the question:
"Should The Daily Texan editor be elected by the student body or appointed by the Texas Student Publications board"

Posted by: JW Walthall at April 19, 2005 09:44 PM

can people still enter in the drawing for the iPod????

Posted by: MFW at April 19, 2005 09:51 PM

I guess so.
I hope someone motions to move that as next item again. If my Representative votes against it again I will try to impeach him!
On another subject, I'm glad that the Improvement Election Act passed.

Posted by: cme@lbj at April 19, 2005 09:55 PM

so if i come right now could i get in the drawing?

Posted by: MFW at April 19, 2005 09:59 PM

Get over the Ipod, who cares? Lets keep the meeting going

Posted by: JamesBurnham at April 19, 2005 09:59 PM

This is a comment just because I told Karl-Thomas that I would comment. Are you satisfied? I tuned into an SG meeting long distance. *lowers head in shame*

Posted by: Ali Puente at April 19, 2005 10:04 PM

yup, you could MFW.

Posted by: Karl-T at April 19, 2005 10:04 PM

If I were the pope, I would bless you Ali.

And James, you have to realize the iPod is a humous issue here. I feel that students should have to be punished by sitting through this entire meeting if they really want it.

Posted by: Karl-T at April 19, 2005 10:07 PM

Ok... so the original purpose of my visit was a failure. Elizabeth Brummet changed the rules and now resolutions under New Business are not even read by the authors (which is how it was done before). We had stripped the "questions about wording and intent" part in the past Assembly; but the reading of the resolution was still done. On top of that, she doesn't respond emails. So, I just managed to waste 2.5 hours of my life. Well, I did get some work done, but not under ideal conditions.
I need to win that I-pod now!
And now something interesting is happening with the resolution opposing the 'appointment' of the Daily Texan editor.

Posted by: cme@lbj at April 19, 2005 10:08 PM

Mearly being here, business or not, makes me feel like I've lost hours of my life.

Posted by: Karl-T at April 19, 2005 10:17 PM

that's why you should be at home wasting your hours productively there... says she who still hasn't written her paper or finished her reading

Posted by: Ali Puente at April 19, 2005 10:24 PM

Wait, Burnham got the iPod? I should have gone... I bet I'd win.

Posted by: matth at April 19, 2005 10:36 PM

J Burn- it concerns me that you are claiming to have come up with the nickname "E-Brum" ....that name's origin (along with M-Do, S-BO, and C-BO) was the Chi O pledge retreat....but nice try!

~M-DO

Posted by: Mary D at April 20, 2005 01:14 AM

James Burham wrote above: "Get over the Ipod, who cares? Lets keep the meeting going".
James Burham won the I-Pod; that was funny.

Posted by: cme@lbj at April 20, 2005 01:40 AM

It was sort of ironic. I thought E-Brum was mine but apparently am wrong. I will cede E-Brum to yall and revert to just calling her Brummet.

Posted by: JamesBurnham at April 20, 2005 11:08 AM

I think I'll call her eBrum now, kinda like the iPod for designing the name. Oh, and James, I wasn't actually mad at you last night, just extending the hilarity of the evening with my ridiculous motion.

Posted by: Karl-T at April 20, 2005 12:39 PM
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