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Saturday October 23rd

Student Government


SBP Mary Cooper recruits student lobbyists

Student government is ready to rally. At an open house hosted Tuesday by Student Body President Mary Cooper, students had the opportunity to sign up for a listserv aimed at organizing students to lobby legislators for limited budget cuts.

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Williams tapped for student elections board chairman

Dakota Williams, former student body treasurer, accepted an offer to become chairman of the Board of Elections on Tuesday night. Student body president Mary Cooper chose Williams, who has also served as speaker of Student Congress, to take over a body that oversaw a particularly venomous election season this year.

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UNC’s harassment policy to be rewritten

In the fall of 2009, a graduate student was sexually harassed by her adviser — but the problem didn’t stop there. After UNC’s confusing harassment policy prompted her to seek help, the dean she spoke to was legally required to file a report. Now, a year and a half later, her case has led the University to consider permanent changes in its harassment policy.

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Oversight committee passes bill to regulate student fees

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.

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Students can now apply for student government posts

Student government has opened spring applications for students interested in serving on campus committees and advisory boards. Opportunities are available for those interested in meeting to discuss pressing campus issues or chairing the Board of Elections, as well as students with ideas about student fees, libraries and parking issues.

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Cooper to slash size of her cabinet, combine positions

In an effort to streamline her cabinet, Student Body President-elect Mary Cooper is planning to cut its size dramatically. Applications for spots on her cabinet are currently being accepted and are due Wednesday at 5 p.m. The size of the cabinet is currently upward of 50 students, Lily Roberts, Cooper’s pick for senior adviser, wrote in an email Monday. She added that no one will be “fired,” since the staff completely turns over each year. To eliminate positions, several committees will be combined.

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Creative Arts week attracts big names

Student Government is beginning a push to break down the barriers between the student body and the arts community. Carolina Creative Arts — a week-long celebration co-sponsored by student government’s arts advocacy committee and the Carolina Union Activities Board — will kick off with a screening of “Entourage” star Adrian Grenier’s documentary film, “Teenage Paparazzo.”

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Cooper’s executive picks to appear at Student Congress

Student Body President-elect Mary Cooper’s appointees for executive branch officers will appear before Student Congress tonight for confirmation. Cooper’s picks for student body vice president, student body secretary and student body treasurer — Zealan Hoover, Adam Jutha and Zach Dexter, respectively — will answer questions from members of the body. Hoover, who is in Cambodia, will appear via Skype.

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President-elect Mary Cooper chooses diverse cabinet

When Student Body President-elect Mary Cooper was choosing her executive branch officers, she wanted to make sure their first priority would be helping the student body. On Wednesday, Cooper announced that Zealan Hoover, Zach Dexter, Adam Jutha, Olivia Hammill and Lily Roberts would draw on their diverse array of experiences to do just that.

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Finance committee passes revision to funding bill

Dakota Williams wants to use his last few days as student body treasurer to make a portion of the Student Code easier to read. Williams presented a bill to revise Title V of the Student Code to the final meeting of the finance committee of Student Congress. The committee voted to pass the bill to the rules and judiciary committee, which will meet later this week.

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Secretary no longer in charge of Student Code

The Student Code outlines only one job for the student body secretary. Tuesday night, that job was stripped from the role. After approving a budget of more than $135,000 to be dispersed among 53 student organizations with few objections, Student Congress passed a bill Tuesday that not only transferred the student body secretary’s duty of updating the Student Code to the clerk of Student Congress, but also repealed the $1,500 stipend allotted to the position. Congress also passed a bill that addressed a messy topic in the past student election.

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