Student Congress’ final meeting of the academic year was burdened with the task of external appointments. All were approved — except one. Without debate, the body denied former Student Congress speaker and student body treasurer Dakota Williams the appointment for Board of Elections chairman in a vote that was not immediately upsetting, he said. “The nice thing about not being (Board of Elections chairman) is that there is no moral obligation keeping me from suing anyone I want,” he said.
A bill that passed through a Student Congress committee Tuesday night would give the full body the power to regulate changes to eight major student fees. In its inaugural meeting, the oversight committee passed the bill, which would give the body the task of regulating certain fees that are first considered by the student fee audit committee. Adam Horowitz, chairman of the oversight committee and the bill’s sponsor, said Student Congress has the right to regulate certain fees, including the student activities fee and the safety and security fee. Article I, Section 4 of Title I of the Student Code gives Student Congress the power to regulate these fees.
The first meeting of the 93rd session of Student Congress voted in a new leader who promised to further revise the Student Code and improve efficiency.
In the final meeting of the 92nd sesssion of Student Congress, members had their say on a variety of issues, ranging from executive branch appointments to Snoop Dogg.
One bill passed through a committee of Student Congress Tuesday night came in response to controversy. The other is just plain controversial, members said.The first bill would make sure certain student government leaders know they cannot run for elected office.
Alex Mills will be the first graduate student in recent memory to serve in the position of speaker of Student Congress. Mills, who previously served as speaker pro tempore, will replace Deanna Santoro.
With little more than a month remaining in its 92nd session, Student Congress is looking to fill the speaker position vacated Feb. 7 by Deanna Santoro. Though speaker nominations and the internal election will not come until Tuesday, representatives said the decision will likely come down to Alex Mills, speaker pro tempore, and Zach De La Rosa, chairman of the rules and judiciary committee.
The Board of Elections issued its first fine of the election season Tuesday against student body president candidate Rick Ingram for illegal dorm-storming Jan. 18, before the practice was allowed. Ingram was fined $12.50, representing five percent of the campaign spending limit.
Student body president candidates Ian Lee and Rick Ingram were endorsed Monday by UNC’s College Republicans and Young Democrats, respectively, after taking part in back-to-back forums
Having submitted almost double the number of signatures of any other candidate — and more than any in recent memory — junior Rick Ingram has emerged as the favorite in the race for student body president.
Junior Zachary De La Rosa ran unopposed for speaker of Student Congress. De La Rosa said he hoped congress would work together. “I could talk to you for hours about things we could change around here.”
The rules and judiciary committee of Student Congress passed a bill Tuesday that would reorganize Title VI of the Student Code. Committee chairman Zack De La Rosa also proposed a bill that would completely remove Title VII of the Code. The section regulates the Carolina Athletic Association.
Student Congress revised the Student Code Tuesday night, changing the conflict of interest policy regarding student government’s executive branch.
The Finance Committee of Student Congress met Tuesday evening in Murphey Hall at 6:30 p.m. Eight voting members attended the meeting and debated 11 funding requests made by various campus organizations.
Professional and amateur scientists will descend on Morehead Planetarium this week for involved discussions. The Morehead Planetarium is hosting “Out to Lunch with Science 360,” an interactive science series sponsored by the 2010 North Carolina Science Festival, a statewide celebration of science. The festival features hands-on activities, lab tours, science talks, exhibits, performances and events. The five-event series began Tuesday with “Predicting Severe Weather.” The presentation focused on the difficulties meteorologists face in forecasting weather.