A UNC Undergraduate Senate that has been struggling to meet quorum had a full body meeting on Tuesday to listen to the State of the University address from interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and discuss a variety of bills and appointees.
The Senate hovered two members away from failing to meet quorum for the majority of discussion and once again rejected the consent calendar, which, if passed, would have allowed the Senate to pass all the bills on it at once.
Additionally, the Senate failed to overturn Student Body President Ashton Martin's veto on a bill that would require senators to receive a minimum of 25 votes to hold a seat.
State of the University
The meeting began with an address from Guskiewicz. He shared many of his hopes to continue to make UNC a public university for the people and emphasized the importance of diversity.
"I think we are at a critical moment for Carolina," Guskiewicz said. "We have a lot of opportunities in front of us. While we've had challenges over the past few years, I truly believe that with every challenge there are two or three opportunities on the other side."
Following his address, Senate members asked questions about specific concerns. Questions ranged from public safety to the University's plans for revenue from the sale of alcohol at football games.
Senator Samuel Gee asked about the growing concerns among students and faculty surrounding the Program for Public Discourse regarding allegations of conservative origins. In response, Guskiewicz said he believes UNC faculty supporters of the program come from both sides of the aisle.
Student Fee Referendum