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Thursday October 28th

Student Congress


Congress rules committee passes Title VI elections bill

The rules and judiciary committee of Student Congress passed a bill Tuesday that would reorganize Title VI of the Student Code. The committee clarified certain vague sections of the bill including when and where a candidate can publicly declare candidacy. The discussion of signatures led to the idea of increasing the time period to collect signatures from five days to seven, mimicking last year’s election rules.

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	Student Body President Hogan Medlin may veto a signature increase.

Student Body President Hogan Medlin expected to veto election bill

Hogan Medlin has his sights set on a bill currently making its way through Student Congress that would make it more difficult for students to run for student body president. The 22-page bill is an overhaul of student elections law and includes an amendment that would raise the number of signatures required for candidates to appear on the ballot from 1,000 to 1,500.

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Student Congress distributes most of subsequent budget

Student Congress voted to distribute all but $9.71 of its subsequent appropriations budget, the money it has to give out after the annual budget process that occurs in February for the following year, in its full body meeting on Monday night.It is unlikely that Congress will pass additional subsequent appropriations this year, said Jennings Carpenter, the student body treasurer.

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Students choose Congress members

Forty-one new members of Student Congress were elected to serve in the 2010-11 legislative branch of student government on Tuesday night.Congress allocates money through an annual budget process and throughout the year during the subsequent appropriations process. Congress allocated about $364,000 during the 2009-10 annual budget.

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Communication studies group funded

Correction (1:13 a.m. Jan. 22):Due to a reporting error, and earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Student Congress representative Lee Storrow voted in favor of appropriating student fee money to the Communication Studies Graduate Student Association and ScreenArts. He actually voted against funding the groups. The story has been changed to reflect the correction.

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Student Congress struggles

Student Congress members have diverted attention from their traditional duties of funding groups and representing the student body.This year’s members have filed several lawsuits against each other and other members of student government in a flurry faculty adviser Jon Curtis called “unusual.”

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