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Senate Meeting Minutes: October 26, 2009

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Florida International University • Student Government Association • Modesto A. Maidique Campus

MEETING MINUTES

October 26, 2009

I. Welcome & Call to Order at 4:04pm

II. Roll Call

a. Adam Johnson

b. Alejandro Garcia

c. Alex Alonso

d. Alex Lastra (Excused)

e. Altanese Phenelus

f. Angela Parra (Absent)

g. Angeline Gonzalez

h. Christina Mellon

i. Cristina Loreto

j. Daniela Gonzalez (Excused)

k. Dillon Arango (Absent)

l. Edward Proenza

m. Erica Lovett

n. Ernesto Rubi

o. Haidar Hachem

p. Hector Mujica (Excused)

q. Helena Ramirez

r. Janice Rubio (Left early)

s. Katrina Fumagali

t. Loren Fraute

u. Marcos Oyola

v. Maribel Chaluja (Tardy)

w. Muhammad Saleem

x. Sandra Perez (Tardy)

y. Stephanie Jimenez

z. Taylor Prochnow

aa. Yuniel Molina (Excused)

bb. Vignesh Doraiswamy

cc. William Jose Velez

dd. Cristina Morales

ee. Robert Yengibaryan

ff. Mykaelle Figueiredo

III. Approval of Minutes

a. Motion to approve October 19 minutes [Doraiswamy] (Passes)

IV. Senate Speaker Report

a. Congrats to the College of Arts Senators for an amazing Meet Your Dean event

b. 94 students showed up

c. United Way Football game on November 8 from 9am to 5pm in the FIU Football Stadium

d. Lovely article in the Beacon today

e. Rionda vetoed the Restructuring SGA bill

V. Comptroller Report

a. Coming  up with the Budget Hearing schedules

VI. Chief Justice Report

a. We do not have to abide by Sunshine Laws

Motion to add “In Support of the FIU Student Legacy Campaign” under New Business [Velez] (Passes)

Motion to add “In Opposition of Mandatory Health Insurance for State University Students” under New Business [Doraiswamy] (Passes)

VII. Senator Reports

a. Meet Your Dean was a very successful event; thanks to Senators that attended (Phenelus)

b. Learned a lot from the event; glad to answer any questions fellow Senators have (Johnson)

c. Thanks to Cabinet members and interns that attended (Prochnow)

d. Looking for rooms for Meet Your Dean (Oyola)

e. Meet Your Dean for Engineering on November 5 in the Panther Pit (Velez)

f. Trying to finalize Meet Your Dean for December; talked to Assistant Dean (Lovett)

g. Met with Coordinator to plan events & send surveys (Doraiswamy)

h. Planning an event to distribute surveys on November 10 from 1-2pm; November 4 RHA Town Hall meeting (Rubio)

i. Family Law Day on Saturday, November 7 (Rubi)

j. Met with Dean Robinson today along with Daniela (Ybanez)

k. Concert this Thursday in the School of Music at 8pm (Fumagali)

VIII. Committee Reports

a. BBC Budget (ORC)

b. Trying to regulate attendance(IAC)

c. Working on all council email(SAC)

d. Senate Procedures; looking at Senate attendance (RLJC)

IX. New Business

a. In Support of the Refurbishment of the Engineering Center

Motion to vote by acclamation [Velez] (Passes)

i. Adam Johnson- Yay

ii. Alejandro Garcia- Yay

iii. Alex Alonso – Yay

iv. Altanese Phenelus-Abstain; part of the Tech Fee Committee

v. Angeline Gonzalez- Yay

vi. Christina Mellon- Yay

vii. Cristina Loreto-Yay

viii. Daniel Ybanez- Yay

ix. Edward Proenza- Yay

x. Erica Lovett- Yay

xi. Ernesto Rubi- Yay

xii. Haidar Hachem- Yay

xiii. Helena Ramirez- Yay

xiv. Loren Fraute – Abstain; part of the Tech Fee Committee

xv. Janice Rubio – Yay

xvi. Katrina Fumagali- Yay

xvii. Marcos Oyola- Yay

xviii. Maribel Chaluja- Yay

xix. Muhammad Saleem- Yay

xx. Sandra Perez – Yay

xxi. Stephanie Jimenez- Yay

xxii. Taylor Prochnow- Yay

xxiii. Vignesh Doraiswamy – Yay

xxiv. William Velez- Yay

Passes 22-0-2 (Passes)

b. To Reform the Voting Process of the Student Government Senate at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Motion to hear Council Bill since it was not sent to the RLJC on time [Phenelus] (Passes)

Move to vote by acclamation [Johnson] (Passes)

Move to vote for “To Reform the Voting Process of the Student Government Senate at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus” (Passes)

i. Adam Johnson- Yay

ii. Alejandro Garcia- Yay

iii. Alex Alonso – Yay

iv. Altanese Phenelus-Yay

v. Angeline Gonzalez- Yay

vi. Christina Mellon- Yay

vii. Cristina Loreto-Yay

viii. Daniel Ybanez- Yay

ix. Edward Proenza- Yay

x. Erica Lovett- Yay

xi. Ernesto Rubi- Yay

xii. Haidar Hachem- Yay

xiii. Helena Ramirez- Yay

xiv. Loren Fraute – Yay

xv. Janice Rubio – Yay

xvi. Katrina Fumagali- Yay

xvii. Marcos Oyola- Yay

xviii. Maribel Chaluja- Yay

xix. Muhammad Saleem- Yay

xx. Sandra Perez – Yay

xxi. Stephanie Jimenez- Yay

xxii. Taylor Prochnow- Yay

xxiii. Vignesh Doraiswamy – Yay

xxiv. William Velez- Yay

Passes 24-0-0 (Passes)

c. In Support of the FIU Student Legacy Campaign

Motion to vote by acclamation [Loreto] (Passes)

Motion to vote for the “In Support of the FIU Student Legacy Campaign” (Passes)

i. Adam Johnson- Yay

ii. Alejandro Garcia- Yay

iii. Alex Alonso – Yay

iv. Altanese Phenelus-Yay

v. Angeline Gonzalez- Yay

vi. Christina Mellon- Yay

vii. Cristina Loreto-Yay

viii. Daniel Ybanez- Yay

ix. Edward Proenza- Yay

x. Erica Lovett- Yay

xi. Ernesto Rubi- Yay

xii. Haidar Hachem- Yay

xiii. Helena Ramirez- Yay

xiv. Loren Fraute – Yay

xv. Janice Rubio – Yay

xvi. Katrina Fumagali- Yay

xvii. Marcos Oyola- Yay

xviii. Maribel Chaluja- Yay

xix. Muhammad Saleem- Yay

xx. Sandra Perez – Yay

xxi. Stephanie Jimenez- Yay

xxii. Taylor Prochnow- Yay

xxiii. Vignesh Doraiswamy – Yay

xxiv. William Velez- Yay

Passes 24-0-0 (Passes)

d. In Opposition of Mandatory Health Insurance for State University Students

Motion to vote for Resolution since it was not sent to the RLJC [Doraiswamy] (Passes)

Motion to add an “A” after Modesto [Loreto](Passes)

Motion to change to “Maidique” [Velez] (Passes)

Motion to capitalize every letter after “Whereas” [Doraiswamy] (Passes)

Motion to bypass the second reading [Loreto] (Passes)

i. Adam Johnson- Nay

ii. Alejandro Garcia- Yay

iii. Alex Alonso – Yay

iv. Altanese Phenelus-Yay

v. Angeline Gonzalez- Yay

vi. Christina Mellon- Yay

vii. Cristina Loreto-Yay

viii. Edward Proenza- Yay

ix. Erica Lovett- Yay

x. Ernesto Rubi- Yay

xi. Haidar Hachem- Yay

xii. Helena Ramirez- Yay

xiii. Loren Fraute – Nay

xiv. Katrina Fumagali- Yay

xv. Marcos Oyola- Yay

xvi. Maribel Chaluja- Yay

xvii. Muhammad Saleem- Yay

xviii. Sandra Perez – Yay

xix. Stephanie Jimenez- Yay

xx. Taylor Prochnow- Yay

xxi. Vignesh Doraiswamy – Yay

xxii. William Velez- Yay

Passes 20-2-0 (Passes)

X. Announcements

a. Please schedule meetings with me (Figueiredo)

b. Writing a Winning Personal Statement tomorrow at 1:30pm (Figueiredo)

c. Soledad O’Brien Meet and Greet tomorrow at 4:30pm & lecture at 5pm (Figueiredo)

d. Joint Senate meeting discussed at U Wide meeting (Figueiredo)

e. Meet the Players on Wednesday at the Pit (Prochnow)

f. Wants everyone to read opinion in the Beacon; please put factual information when presenting an important Resolution [e.g. Florida legislature] (Johnson)

g. Senate Wide event (Velez)

XI. Adjournment at 5:12pm

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Resolution: In support of the FIU Student Legacy Campaign

October 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: In support of the FIU Student Legacy Campaign. Date: October 26, 2009

Sponsors: Hector Mujica, College of Business Senator; Angela Parra, College of Business Senator; William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Altanese Phenelus, College of Arts and Sciences Senator; Vignesh Doraiswamy, Honors College Senator

In support of the FIU Student Legacy Campaign

WHEREAS, the purpose of the Student Government Association is to represent and address students’ needs at the community, state, federal, and international level;

WHEREAS, it is the civic duty of FIU students to collaborate and engage one another to promote higher learning and facilitate financial means of accessing higher education amongst the student body;

WHEREAS, the Student Legacy Campaign is an initiative put forward by the Office of Annual Giving, with the assistance and cooperation of the Office of Campus Life and the Student Alumni Association;

WHEREAS, the aim of the Student Legacy Campaign is to establish a feeling of affinity among current students to contribute financially and experience a sense of philanthropy toward their institution of higher learning that is FIU;

WHEREAS, the FIU Student Legacy Campaign aims to raise $10,000 in funds for its initiative;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Student Government Council at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus stands in support of the FIU Legacy Campaign.

In favor: 24; Opposed:0; Abstentions:0; Signed:

Resolution: In Opposition of Mandatory Health Insurance for State University Students

October 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: In Opposition of Mandatory Health Insurance Date: October 26, 2009

Sponsors:  Cristina Loreto, Arts and Sciences Senator; Altanese Phenelus, Arts and Sciences Senator; Vignesh Doraiswamy, Honor’s College Senator; William-Jose Velez, Engineering and Computing Senator

In Opposition of Mandatory Health Insurance for State University Students

WHEREAS, The mission statement of the Student Government Council, and its elected Senators and Members, states that we are “committed to providing and improving the overall student experience,” as well as “fostering student life, encouraging community involvement, and serving the common interest of the students,”

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the Student Government to ensure and speak on behalf of the students;

WHEREAS, The State Legislature has tried to enact mandatory health insurance for all state university students, without any financial assistance, and denies class registration to students who don’t have health insurance;

WHEREAS, Most recent statistics show that more than 60% of FIU students do not have health insurance, and more than 1/3 of FIU students are dependent on financial aid;

WHEREAS, University Health Services has stated that it does not have the capacity and the staff to handle such paperwork and ensure that more than 38,000 students have health insurance before registration opens;

WHEREAS, The SGC-MMC Executive Branch has already met with Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA), and stated that it is not within the best interests of the University;

WHEREAS, The model of mandatory health insurance at Florida State University (FSU) cannot apply to FIU because FSU is not situated in a metropolitan area and has a lower cost of living than the Miami Metropolitan area;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Student Government Association Modesto A. Maidique Campus Senate opposes mandatory health insurance for state university students without any financial assistance to support and help students have insurance.

In favor: 20; Opposed:2; Abstentions:0; Signed:

Council Bill: To Reform the Voting Process of the Student Government Senate at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus

October 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: Amendment to Voting Process

Committee:  Senate Date: October 24th, 2009

Sponsors: Altanese Phenelus, College of Arts & Sciences Senator; William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Vignesh Doraiswamy, Honors College Senator

To Reform the Voting Process of the Student Government Senate at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus

SECTION I.

This Act may be cited as the “SGC-MMC Voting Process Reform Act of 2009”

SECTION II.

Article X. Voting

Section 10.01 Voting

(a)    All votes, unless otherwise stipulated in these ByLaws of the Constitution SGC-MMC Statutes, will require a simple majority of Senate members present at a meeting at which there is quorum.

(b)   A roll-call vote or a vote by acclamation will be used when voting on appropriations, resolutions, and council bills.

(i)                 A motion must be made and passed with a simple majority of the Senate in order to conduct a vote by acclamation.

(c)    Abstentions will not be taken into consideration for the purposes of voting. They will not count in favor or against the vote in question. All members must vote unless they have a clear and direct conflict of interest with the subject being voted on, in which cases they are required to abstain from voting.

(i)                 A conflict of interest as identified by Sunshine Law, shall include, but shall not be limited to having an immediate blood, by marriage, or through adoption relationship, business relationship, romantic relationship, being a member of the organization directly affected, and/or being a member of a board, commission or committee that is currently voting on or will be voting on dissolving or instating the subject matter at hand. In situations where it is too difficult to determine if there is a reasonable conflict of interest, the Senate Speaker shall make the final determination by distinguishing whether there are personal interests that might benefit from a Senate member’s vote.

(ii)               The reason for the conflict of interest must be stated at the time of the vote, disclosed and reflected in the minutes, as well as submitted in writing to the Clerk of Council within 15 days from the time of the vote.

(iii)             Abstentions will not be taken into consideration for the purposes of voting. They will not count in favor or against the vote in question.

In favor: 24; Opposed:0; Abstentions:0; Signed:

Senate Meeting Minutes: October 19, 2009

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Florida International University • Student Government Association • Modesto A. Maidique Campus

MEETING MINUTES

October 19, 2009

I. Welcome & Call to Order at 4:02pm

II. Roll Call

a. Adam Johnson

b. Alejandro Garcia

c. Alex Alonso (Tardy)

d. Alex Lastra

e. Altanese Phenelus

f. Angela Parra

g. Angeline Gonzalez (Excused tardy)

h. Christina Mellon (Tardy)

i. Cristina Loreto

j. Daniela Gonzalez

k. Dillon Arango

l. Edward Proenza

m. Erica Lovett

n. Ernesto Rubi

o. Haidar Hachem

p. Hector Mujica

q. Helena Ramirez

r. Janice Rubio

s. Katrina Fumagali

t. Loren Fraute

u. Marcos Oyola

v. Maribel Chaluja

w. Muhammad Saleem

x. Sandra Perez

y. Stephanie Jimenez

z. Taylor Prochnow

aa. Yuniel Molina

bb. Vignesh Doraiswamy

cc. William Jose Velez

dd. Cristina Morales

ee. Robert Yengibaryan

ff. Mykaelle Figueiredo

III. Approval of Minutes

a. Motion to approve October 12 minutes [Phenelus] (Passes)

IV. Senate Speaker Report

a. We are not able to abstain when voting; only if there is a conflict of interest

b. Glad to see interns at the meeting

1. Student Legacy Campaign – Bill Buchanan

· Scholarship

· Working with SGA and SAA

· Raise money from alumni

· Making an impact to the Student Body & ourselves

· Resolution to support the Student Legacy Campaign

Motion to add subsection C under New Business as Cuban American Law Society Appropriation [Oyola] (Passes)

Motion to move subsection B from Old Business to New Business [Doraiswamy] (Passes)

V. Comptroller Report

a. Process of requesting and auditing

VI. Chief Justice Report

a. Constitutional review is on track

b. 3 interns are helping out

c. Grievance forms are out tomorrow

VII. Finance Committee Report

a. Met on Wednesday

b. 2 requests; 1 denied and 1 appropriation presented today

VIII. Executive Report

a. Needs to meet with everyone; goals and surveys

b. Book an appointment with Lily

IX. Senator Reports

a. Made the Meet Your Dean program (Johnson)

b. Meet Your Dean tomorrow in GC 243 from 1-3pm (Loreto)

c. Met with Dean Furton last week (Phenelus)

d. A question Dean wants on the survey is if students prefer professional advisors vs faculty advisors (Prochnow)

e. Trying to finalize Meet Your Dean; still trying to find a room (Oyola)

f. Working with the College of Business webmaster to have an SGA page (Mujica)

g. Q&A with alumni now and Meet Your Dean in Spring (Parra)

h. Meet Your Dean in Panther Pit (Velez)

i. Working with Dean for Meet Your Dean (Hachem)

j. Event on December 11; change event from the pit was requested by Dean (Lovett)

k. Honors College Convocation was successful; thanks to SGA members that attended; Fishbowl on November 3 in DM 100 form 3:30-4:45pm (Doraiswamy)

l. Submitted proposal for TVs & Wireless internet in Housing (Proenza)

m. Event in housing quad; working on surveys (Rubio)

n. Meeting with Dean along with Christina (Garcia)

o. Met with Graduate Dean; survey sent to graduate students (Fraute)

p. Met with Alejandro & Christina for their seminar; event in January; meeting with Career Services on Wednesday; came up with workshop agenda (Alonso)

q. Met with Bill Foster; looking to have Hertz come and rent cars at $8 per hour; garage is to be done by August 10, 2010; Zipcard (Molina)

r. Zipcard; meeting with Matt from UTS for the calendar (Jimenez)

s. United Way Football game on November 8 from 9am-5pm (Ramirez)

t. Done with first survey; looking to plan the Lower Division Meet Your Dean (D. Gonzalez)

u. Working on survey; looking to do an event during finals week at night (Fumagali)

v. Met with students and Dean last week (Arango)

X. Committee Reports

a. Present at Finance Committee last week; meeting today after Senate (ORC)

b. Looking for Bills that have been passed to be signed and placed in binder; retracted Office Hours bill(IAC)

c. From on post dean meetings; problems with using campus facilities(SAC)

d. Looking into attendance and if Senators are doing their weekly reports; presenting a resolution today (RLJC)

XI. Old Business

a. To Urge FIU and Aramark to take action against Human Trafficking

Motion to bypass the second reading [Doraiswamy] (Passes)

Motion to end discussion, move into previous question and vote by acclamation [Doraiswamy] (Passes)

Motion to vote for “To Urge FIU and Aramark to take action against Human Trafficking” (Fails)

i. Adam Johnson- Yay

ii. Alejandro Garcia- Yay

iii. Alex Alonso- Yay

iv. Alex Lastra-Yay

v. Altanese Phenelus-Yay

vi. Angela Parra- Yay

vii. Angeline Gonzalez- Yay

viii. Christina Mellon- Yay

ix. Cristina Loreto-Yay

x. Daniel Ybanez- Yay

xi. Daniela Gonzalez- Nay

xii. Dillon Arango – Yay

xiii. Edward Proenza- Yay

xiv. Erica Lovett- Yay

xv. Ernesto Rubi- Nay

xvi. Hector Mujica- Yay

xvii. Helena Ramirez- Yay

xviii. Loren Fraute – Yay

xix. Katrina Fumagali- Yay

xx. Marcos Oyola- Nay

xxi. Maribel Chaluja- Yay

xxii. Muhammad Saleem- Yay

xxiii. Sandra Perez – Yay

xxiv. Stephanie Jimenez- Nay

xxv. Taylor Prochnow- Yay

xxvi. Vignesh Doraiswamy – Yay

xxvii. William Velez- Yay

xxviii. Yuniel Molina-Yay

Passes 24-4-0 (Passes)

b. To Eliminate Vote by Secret Ballot

Motion to move to previous question and vote by acclamation [Phenelus] (Passes)

Motion to vote for “To Eliminate Vote by Secret Ballot” (Passes)

i. Adam Johnson- Yay

ii. Alejandro Garcia- Yay

iii. Alex Alonso- Yay

iv. Alex Lastra-Yay

v. Altanese Phenelus-Yay

vi. Angela Parra- Yay

vii. Angeline Gonzalez- Yay

viii. Christina Mellon- Yay

ix. Cristina Loreto-Yay

x. Daniel Ybanez- Yay

xi. Daniela Gonzalez- Yay

xii. Dillon Arango – Yay

xiii. Edward Proenza- Yay

xiv. Erica Lovett- Yay

xv. Ernesto Rubi- Yay

xvi. Hector Mujica- Yay

xvii. Helena Ramirez- Yay

xviii. Loren Fraute – Yay

xix. Katrina Fumagali- Yay

xx. Marcos Oyola- Yay

xxi. Maribel Chaluja- Yay

xxii. Muhammad Saleem- Yay

xxiii. Sandra Perez – Yay

xxiv. Stephanie Jimenez- Yay

xxv. Taylor Prochnow- Yay

xxvi. Vignesh Doraiswamy – Yay

xxvii. William Velez- Yay

xxviii. Yuniel Molina-Yay

Passes 28-0-0 (Passes)

c. In Support of Restructuring the Student Government Association to Provide Better and Equal Services and Representation For All Florida International University Students

Motion to bypass the second reading [Mujica] (Passes)

i. Adam Johnson- Yay

ii. Alejandro Garcia- Nay

iii. Alex Lastra-Yay

iv. Altanese Phenelus-Yay

v. Angela Parra- Nay

vi. Angeline Gonzalez- Yay

vii. Christina Mellon- Yay

viii. Cristina Loreto-Nay

ix. Daniel Ybanez- Yay

x. Daniela Gonzalez- Nay

xi. Dillon Arango – Yay

xii. Edward Proenza- Yay

xiii. Erica Lovett- Nay

xiv. Ernesto Rubi- Yay

xv. Hector Mujica- Yay

xvi. Helena Ramirez- Yay

xvii. Loren Fraute – Yay

xviii. Katrina Fumagali- Yay

xix. Marcos Oyola- Yay

xx. Maribel Chaluja- Yay

xxi. Muhammad Saleem- Yay

xxii. Stephanie Jimenez- Yay

xxiii. Taylor Prochnow- Yay

xxiv. Vignesh Doraiswamy – Yay

xxv. William Velez- Nay

xxvi. Yuniel Molina-Yay

Passes 20-6-0 (Passes)

XII. New Business

a. In Support of ensuring the Implementation and Enforcement of the Current University No Smoking Policy

Motion to add an s to the word Vierte [Doraiswamy] (Passes)

Motion to change to Modesto [Doraiswamy] (Passes)

Motion to add an A after Modesto [Velez] (Passes)

i. Adam Johnson- Yay

ii. Alejandro Garcia- Yay

iii. Alex Lastra-Yay

iv. Altanese Phenelus-Yay

v. Angela Parra- Yay

vi. Angeline Gonzalez- Yay

vii. Christina Mellon- Yay

viii. Cristina Loreto-Yay

ix. Daniel Ybanez- Yay

x. Daniela Gonzalez- Yay

xi. Dillon Arango – Yay

xii. Edward Proenza- Yay

xiii. Erica Lovett- Yay

xiv. Ernesto Rubi- Yay

xv. Hector Mujica- Yay

xvi. Helena Ramirez- Yay

xvii. Loren Fraute – Yay

xviii. Katrina Fumagali- Yay

xix. Marcos Oyola- Yay

xx. Maribel Chaluja- Yay

xxi. Muhammad Saleem- Yay

xxii. Sandra Perez – Yay

xxiii. Stephanie Jimenez- Yay

xxiv. Taylor Prochnow- Yay

xxv. Vignesh Doraiswamy – Yay

xxvi. William Velez- Yay

xxvii. Yuniel Molina-Yay

Passes 27-0-0 (Passes)

b. In Support of FIU Kindle

Motion to change from have to has [Velez] (Passes)

i. Adam Johnson- Yay

ii. Alejandro Garcia- Yay

iii. Alex Lastra-Yay

iv. Altanese Phenelus-Abstain; part of the Tech Fee committee

v. Angela Parra- Yay

vi. Angeline Gonzalez- Yay

vii. Christina Mellon- Yay

viii. Cristina Loreto-Yay

ix. Daniel Ybanez- Yay

x. Daniela Gonzalez- Yay

xi. Dillon Arango – Yay

xii. Edward Proenza- Yay

xiii. Erica Lovett- Yay

xiv. Ernesto Rubi- Yay

xv. Hector Mujica- Yay

xvi. Helena Ramirez- Yay

xvii. Loren Fraute – Abstain; part of the Tech Fee committee

xviii. Katrina Fumagali- Yay

xix. Marcos Oyola- Yay

xx. Maribel Chaluja- Yay

xxi. Muhammad Saleem- Yay

xxii. Sandra Perez – Yay

xxiii. Stephanie Jimenez- Yay

xxiv. Taylor Prochnow- Abstain; part of the Textbook Affordability committee

xxv. Vignesh Doraiswamy – Yay

xxvi. William Velez- Yay

xxvii. Yuniel Molina-Yay

Passes 24-0-3 (Passes)

c. Cuban American Law Society Appropriation

Motion to vote by acclamation [Lastra] (Passes)

Motion to vote for the “Cuban American Law Society” (Passes)

i. Adam Johnson- Yay

ii. Alejandro Garcia- Yay

iii. Alex Lastra-Yay

iv. Altanese Phenelus-Yay

v. Angela Parra- Yay

vi. Angeline Gonzalez- Yay

vii. Christina Mellon- Yay

viii. Cristina Loreto-Yay

ix. Daniel Ybanez- Yay

x. Daniela Gonzalez- Yay

xi. Dillon Arango – Yay

xii. Edward Proenza- Yay

xiii. Erica Lovett- Yay

xiv. Ernesto Rubi- Yay

xv. Hector Mujica- Yay

xvi. Helena Ramirez- Yay

xvii. Loren Fraute – Yay

xviii. Katrina Fumagali- Yay

xix. Marcos Oyola- Yay

xx. Maribel Chaluja- Yay

xxi. Muhammad Saleem- Yay

xxii. Sandra Perez – Yay

xxiii. Stephanie Jimenez- Yay

xxiv. Taylor Prochnow- Yay

xxv. Vignesh Doraiswamy – Yay

xxvi. William Velez- Yay

xxvii. Yuniel Molina-Yay

Passes 27-0-0 (Passes)

d. To Reform the Structure of the Senate Committees

Motion to vote by acclamation [Phenelus] (Passes)

Motion to vote for “To Reform the Structure of the Senate Committees” (Passes)

i. Adam Johnson- Yay

ii. Alejandro Garcia- Yay

iii. Alex Lastra-Yay

iv. Altanese Phenelus-Yay

v. Angela Parra- Yay

vi. Angeline Gonzalez- Yay

vii. Christina Mellon- Yay

viii. Cristina Loreto-Yay

ix. Daniel Ybanez- Yay

x. Daniela Gonzalez- Yay

xi. Dillon Arango – Yay

xii. Edward Proenza- Yay

xiii. Erica Lovett- Yay

xiv. Ernesto Rubi- Yay

xv. Hector Mujica- Yay

xvi. Helena Ramirez- Yay

xvii. Loren Fraute – Yay

xviii. Katrina Fumagali- Yay

xix. Marcos Oyola- Yay

xx. Maribel Chaluja- Yay

xxi. Muhammad Saleem- Yay

xxii. Sandra Perez – Yay

xxiii. Stephanie Jimenez- Yay

xxiv. Taylor Prochnow- Yay

xxv. Vignesh Doraiswamy – Yay

xxvi. William Velez- Yay

xxvii. Yuniel Molina-Yay

Passes 27-0-0 (Passes)

XIII. Announcements

a. When making a Facebook event please email Ben so that he does it under SGC-MMC (Badger)

b. Model UN applications are due on Friday (Prochnow)

c. When submitting legislation please CC Chantel (Velez)

d. Rage on Field this Saturday (D. Gonzalez)

e. Beacon agreed with me (Johnson)

XIV. Adjournment at 5:58pm

Council Bill: To Reform the Structure of the Senate Committees

October 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: Amendment to Committee Structure

Committee: Rules, Legislation, and Judiciary Committee

Date: October 19th, 2009

Sponsors: William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Vignesh Doraiswamy, Honors College Sciences Senator; Altanese Phenelus, College of Arts and Sciences Senator;


To Reform the Structure of the Senate Committees

SECTION I.

This Act may be cited as the “Committee Structure Reform Act of 2009”

SECTION II.

Article V. Senate Committees

Section 5.01 Committee Structure

(a)        The Standing Committees of the SGC-MMC Senate shall be the Finance Committee, Student Services Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, Student Union Board, International Students Committee, and Speakers Bureau Rules, Legislation and Judiciary Committee, Student Advocacy Committee, Operational Review Committee and Internal Affairs Committee. It shall be the duty of these committees to present items for discussion and present solutions to the SGC-MMC Senate. These committees are to be chaired by SGC-MMC Senators.

(i)         All SGC-MMC Senators must serve on at least one Standing Committee.

(ii)        Committee Chairpersons shall be chosen through an application process and appointed by a simple majority vote of the Senate. A Chairperson may be removed from office by a majority vote of the Senate, or by Judicial review.

(iii)       Each committee will be responsible for the selection of a vice-chairperson who is voted upon by the individual members of each committee during its first meeting.

(iv)       Committees shall meet at least twice a month to conduct business. Attendance and minutes shall be recorded by the vice chair-person, distributed and filed with the Clerk of Council in the SGC-MMC office within 48 hours of the meeting’s adjournment.

(v)        Committee size, excluding the Finance Committee, shall be determined by the SGC-MMC Senate. Membership shall be open to both Senators and the Student Body. Any additional members must be included on a roster and have personal information on file in the SGC-MMC office.

(vi)       Committee chairpersons shall be expected to present a report to the Senate following each meeting. In their absence a Vice Chairperson or any other member should present the report.

(vii)      Any official decisions and/or projects, initiatives and measures made by a Committee must be brought before the Senate for approval.

SECTION III.

Article V. Committees

Section 5.04 Rules, Legislation, & Judiciary Committee

(c)        It is the responsibility of this committee to ensure all Legislations are maintained by the Clerk and the Speaker through bi-weekly legislation record reports detailing the bills, summaries, votes and executive approval.

(i)         Once legislation becomes law, it is the responsibility of the Rules Committee to update the SGC-MMC Statutes.

(ii)        Prior to the submission of legislation to the Senate, this committee shall have the power to review the legislation to ensure the legality, proper format, spelling, grammar, references and syntax.

1)         All legislation must be submitted to the Rules Committee by 5: 00 PM the Thursday prior to the Senate meeting by 5:00 PM during which the legislation will be considered.

2)         Legislation not submitted to the Rules Committee may still be considered with a 2/3 approval vote of the Senate.

SECTION IV.

Article III. Legislative Branch

Section 3.04 Meetings

(b)        For the purpose of scheduling committee meetings, official academic school and work schedules of Council members shall be taken into consideration. These must be submitted to the Chief of Staff respective committee chairperson no later than two (2) weeks prior to after the beginning of the semester to allow for adequate planning time.

SECTION V.

Article VIII. Meetings and Absences

Section 8.01 Meetings

(c)       For the purpose of scheduling committee meetings, the official academic school schedules of each senator will be taken into consideration. These schedules must be submitted to the Chief of Staff no later than two (2) weeks prior to the beginning of the semester, in order to allow for adequate planning time.

In favor: 27; Opposed:0; Abstentions:0; Signed:

Resolution: In support of the refurbishment of the Engineering Center Student Computer Lab

October 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: In support of the refurbishment of the Engineering Center Student Computer Lab Date: October 15, 2009 Sponsors: William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Vignesh Doraiswamy, Honors College Senator

In support of the refurbishment of the Engineering Center Student Computer Lab

WHEREAS, the Student Government Association’s purpose is to ensure that students concerns are addressed in the immediate governance and policy development of Florida International University at all levels, providing an official voice and action on behalf of the student body;

WHEREAS, the Engineering Center is the main academic building for approximately 4,000 students in the engineering discipline;

WHEREAS, the replacement of the older and obsolete computers systems in this computer lab will allow the entire student population attending classes on the Engineering Center access to more powerful and efficient systems, with students being able to complete the work and assignments;

WHEREAS, these computers have software installed that is required for classes, and because of licensing restrictions, is not accessible in other university or personal computers;

WHEREAS, the updated equipment will maximize and improve students’ learning experience, while minimizing technical problems that hinder the quality of the learning experience;

WHEREAS, the refurbishing of this open lab falls within the University’s strategic goals of giving priority to the students’ work and learning experience, as FIU becomes a student centered university;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus expresses its support of the refurbishing of the Engineering Center University Technology Services Open Computer Lab, urging the Technology Fee Advisory Council to adopt this proposal.

In favor: 22; Opposed:0; Abstentions:2; Signed: