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Sunday, July 21, 2024

Senate Briefs

ASUCD Senate meetings are scheduled to begin Thursdays at 6:10 p.m. Times listed are according to the clock at the Apr. 16 meeting location, the Memorial Union’s Mee Room.


Meeting was called to order at 6:11 p.m.

Joe Chatham, ASUCD president, left early at 6:25 p.m.

Chris Dietrich, ASUCD vice president, present

Joemar Clemente, ASUCD senator, present

Danny Garrett, ASUCD senator, present

Justin Gold, ASUCD senator, present

Erin Lebe, ASUCD senator, present

Kevin Massoudi, ASUCD senator, present

Justin Patrizio, ASUCD senator, present

Laura Pulido, ASUCD senator, present

Shawdee Rouhafza, ASUCD senator, present

Trevor Taylor, ASUCD senator, present

Mo Torres, ASUCD senator, present

Previn Witana, ASUCD senator, present

Jack Zwald, ASUCD president pro-tempore, present



President Chatham spoke about having ASUCD units work together to advertise.


Appointments and confirmations

Jeysree Ramachandran, junior political science major, and Chin Fung Kelvi Kan, senior biochemistry and molecular biology major, were both appointed into the Internal Affairs Commission.


Court Announcements

Chief Justice Melissa Whitney updated the senate on court cases, and spoke of the pre-hearing conference for ASUCD Court Case 46. On Apr. 27 the pre-hearing conference will continue in the Fielder Room of the MU. Only five justices will be present at the hearing since one justice did not make the first pre-hearing. She also presented the court’s seal, made by Greg Dizon.


Consideration of Old Legislation

Senate Bill 39 authored by Eli Yani, co-authored by Joey Chen and introduced by Zwald, to clarify the responsibility for the authorship of the Student Government Budget as the position of Student Government Advisor was eliminated, passed unanimously.


Senate Resolution 24 authored and introduced by Torres, co-authored by Johnathen Duran, Pulido and Amanpreet Singh, to urge the passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, passed unanimously with some amendments.


Senate Bill 40 authored and introduced by the Internal Affairs Commission (Matt Shannon) to clarify the commission hiring procedure within the ASUCD Bylaws, passed unanimously.


Public Discussion

Environmental Policy and Planning Commission chair Singh, announced that Earth Week will start this week. She said that only five designers have contributed and that she will cancel the Trashin Show (Thursday noon to 1 p.m. on the Quad) if more people don’t contribute. Prizes will be awarded.


Joey Chen, who works with the executive office, spoke about outreach to students who aren’t involved with ASUCD. He encouraged everyone to join the executive office Facebook group.


Dietrich made a note about parliamentary procedure, to not call people out and to not talk directly to people at the senate table because it can be perceived as a personal attack. He said that no violations were yet made, though there have been some that have gotten close.


Lebe spoke about fundraisers for Safeboats on Apr. 29 at Yogurt Shack and May 12 at Habit Burger.


Patrizio announced this month is Lobby Month. Lobby Corps meetings will be held every week on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Angelina Malfitano room.


Marcus Tang, chair for Academic Affairs Commission, announced that the Last Lecture series will be held Wednesday at Griffin Lounge.


Clemente announced that Asian Pacific Cultural Week will kickoff at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MU patio today.


Sean Stampfli, chair of Business and Finance Commission, announced that Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Students Against Sexual Assault will hold its annualAiring out DavisDirty Laundryon Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at 521 Russell Blvd.


Taylor Fleshman, Outreach Assembly speaker, announced the Leadership Fair on May 27 at 7 p.m. in Griffin Lounge. She also announced the Queer Leadership Summit on May 20 at 6 p.m. in the Garrison Room.


Other business

Massoudi brought up the idea to suspend the bylaws for no electronics at the senate table, with the possibility to remove paper agenda from the senate table. Members of the senate table discussed this option though the motion was removed. Eli Yani suggested using a projector system to show the agenda and bills. Lebe said that the members of the public deserve the senate’s undivided attention.


Meeting adjourned at 10:19 p.m.


ANGELA RUGGIERO compiles the Senate Briefs. She can be reached at campus@theaggie.org.


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