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Resolution: In commemoration of the late FIU Student Jaclyn Elisse Torrealba

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Agenda Item:  In commemoration of the late FIU Student Jaclyn Elisse Torrealba

Date: November 30th, 2009

Sponsors: Vignesh Doraiswamy; Honors College Senator; William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Hector Mujica, College of Business Administration Senator;

In commemoration of the late FIU Student Jaclyn Elisse Torrealba

WHEREAS, The mission statement of the Student Government Council and its elected Senators states that it is “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, Jaclyn Elisse Torrealba was a cheerleader, part of the dance team and several honor societies, having graduated in the top ten percent of her G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School class;

WHEREAS, Torrealba had just begun to take classes at Florida International University, with aims to become a Lawyer;

WHEREAS, Torrealba passed away on October 11, 2009, victim to a terrible act of violence;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus commemorates Jaclyn Elisse Torrealba and expresses condolences to her family and friends for her unexpected passing away.

In favor: 26; Opposed:0; Abstentions:0; Signed:

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Council Bill: To Establish the Nomination Process of the Executive Cabinet within the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus

November 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: Amendment to the Senate Officers Selection Process

Committee: Rules, Legislation, and Judiciary Committee Date: November 23rd, 2009

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

To Establish the Nomination Process of the Executive Cabinet within the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus

SECTION I.

This act may be cited as the “Executive Cabinet Reform Act of 2009”

SECTION II.

Article II. Executive Branch

Section 2.05 Executive Cabinet

(a)    The members of the Executive Cabinet shall be nominated by the President and Vice President and approved by a simple majority of the Senate.

(b)  The composition of the Executive Cabinet is determined by the President and Vice President. There shall be a permanent Chief of Staff, and Director of Student lobbying within the Cabinet. Cabinet positions may also include: Executive Assistant, Director of Student Lobbying, Athletics Coordinator, Student Advocate, Special Events Coordinator, and Communications Director.

(i)         New Cabinet positions shall be created by the President through a New Cabinet Position Proclamation, to be announced at the next Executive branch meeting and Senate meeting following the proclamation.

(ii)        The Proclamation creating the position shall detail the exact title, functions and duties of the position.

(iii)       When presenting a nominee for a position in the Executive Cabinet, an official Nomination Form containing the nominee’s name, email address, major, previous experience and expected graduation date must be submitted. Additionally, those nominees appointed by the President and being presented for approval by the Senate must be in attendance in the Senate meeting during which they will be considered. If there is a case in which a nominee cannot be in attendance, the President may speak on their behalf, by discretion of the Senate Speaker.

1)        The Nomination Form shall be prepared by the Clerk of Council.

2)        Each nominee must be presented and confirmed individually.

(c)     An Executive Cabinet member may be removed from his/her position with no less than a two-thirds vote by the Student Senate. The basis for removal of an Executive Cabinet member shall be malfeasance, misfeasance, and/or nonfeasance. An Executive Cabinet member may also be removed by the President, or a President’s designee.

In favor: 10; Opposed:15; Abstentions:0; Signed:

Council Bill: Amendment to Absence Limits for Graduate School Senators

November 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: Amendment to Absence limits for Graduate school senators
Committee: Rules, Legislation and Judiciary Committee Date: November 23, 2009
Sponsors: William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Hector Mujica, College of Business Administration Senator; Vignesh Doraiswamy, Honors College Senator; Altanese Phenelus, College of Arts and Sciences Senator;

Amendment to Absence Limits for Graduate School Senators

SECTION I.

This bill may be cited as the “Graduate Senators Absence Limit Exemption Act of 2009”

SECTION II.

Article VIII. Meetings and Absences

Section 8.02 Meetings

(a)    Senators or officers are not allowed to miss more than two (2) meetings in any semester (summer semester excluded).

(i)   A special case by case exemption shall be made for all graduate senators who for academic circumstances must be excused for more than two (2) senate meetings.

1) Graduate senators are defined as follows:

i) College of Law Senator

ii) College of Medicine Senator

iii) Graduate Divisional Senators

2) All graduate senators must notify the Speaker of the Senate and the Clerk of Council of the academic circumstance at hand by 2:00 p.m. on Monday.

3)  Each exemption must be approved on a case by case basis at the Speaker’s discretion in order for it to qualify for this exemption.

(b)   To be counted as present, Student Government Council members must be present for a majority of the meeting.

Resolution: In Support of Unified Meetings Between the Modesto A. Maidique Campus and Biscayne Bay Campus Senates

November 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: In Support of Unified Meetings Between the MMC and BBC Senate.

Date: November 16, 2009

Sponsors: Hector Mujica, College of Business Administration Senator; Vignesh Doraiswamy, Honors College Senator; William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator;

In Support of Unified Meetings Between the Modesto A. Maidique Campus and Biscayne Bay Campus Senates

WHEREAS, The purpose of the Student Government Association is to represent and address the concerns of the student body as a whole;

WHEREAS, The student body is comprised of students who attend the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, the Biscayne Bay Campus, the Engineering Campus and the Broward Pines Center;

WHEREAS, The Student Government Council at MMC has expressed interest in promoting and encouraging more unity and consensus between the MMC-SGC and the BBC-SGC;

WHEREAS, It is apparent that there are two different cultures at each campus, hence only someone from each corresponding campus would be a fair representative of that campus, thus two SG assemblies must remain;

WHEREAS, There are many issues which affect the entire student body on all campuses, and should therefore be discussed and decided upon as a whole;

WHEREAS, The report from the Student Government Consulting Group of the American Student Government Association recommends that a committee be formed constituted of senators from the legislatures of both campuses, separate from the Executive Branch controlled University-wide Council;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Senate pledges to coordinate with the Student Government Council – Biscayne Bay Campus Senate to convene in a joint forum on a bi-monthly basis, in person or via teleconference, to address issues preeminent to the University as a whole.

In favor: 25; Opposed:5; Abstentions:0; Signed:

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: