GUSA Roundup: New kids on the block

The Georgetown University Student Association Senate elected senators for internal leadership positions during this week’s meeting; next week, the body will begin to debate legislation.

The new leadership includes Speaker of the Senate Adam Mortillaro (COL ’12), Vice-Speaker Ben Bold (COL ’13), Director of Technology Ben Goldhaber (SFS ’12), Parliamentarian Kolby Keo (COL ’14), and Secretary Laura West (COL ’13).

The Finance and Appropriations Committee is now comprised of Colton Malkerson (COL ’13), Tyler Sax (COL ’13), Chris Pigott (COL ’12), Nate Tisa (SFS ’14), Sandy Glassberg (MSB ’11), Sheila Walsh (COL ’14), and Chairperson Greg Laverierre (COL ’12).

The Senate also nominated Mark Svensson (COL ’12) and Talia Dutcher (COL ’13) to the GUSA Fund to replace members who graduated last year.

The Fund was created last year in order to serve as another funding resource for student groups and has a budget of $30,000 a year; however, student groups must apply to their advisory boards (i.e. Student Activities Commission) before submitting any proposals.

The Fund’s five-member board is not affiliated with the Senate.

Next week’s meeting will largely consist of overhauling the current committee system, according to Mortillaro. Senator Adam Talbot (COL ’12) introduced the A–HAC Recommendation Enactment Amendments Act, which focuses on restructuring Senate committees to allow more senators to serve on each committee.

Mortillaro added that the Senate plans to amend the AREA Act so that budgets will be allotted to each of the committees. In past years, only the Finance and Appropriations Committee was given a budget.

8 Comments on “GUSA Roundup: New kids on the block

  1. “The Fund was created last year in order to serve as another funding resource for student groups and has a budget of $30,000 a year; however, student groups must apply to their advisory boards (i.e. Student Activities Commission) before submitting any proposals.”

    Note that individual students and unrecognized groups can apply for funds — so if students have great ideas, feel free to apply.

  2. I am, in fact, in London. I drafted that bill while I was still a Senator (which was technically up until a few of weeks ago), and the draft, I guess, was kicked around box.net with my name still on it. The bill was officially introduced, of course, by whoever moved to bring it to the floor. I’d imagine the final version on box.net will be updated within a couple of days. This is why we have our fantastic Secretary, Laura West!

    Very excited to hear we have a new slate of leaders in the Senate. Should be a great year. Stay tuned for discussions on Student Activities Fee + Endowment reform.

  3. While we’re on the subject, you all can look forward to me settling into a Stoller-esque role here in the comments. You’re welcome. :D

  4. I have a great idea for that money, GUSA could pay me the 30,000 to pretend I care.

    I kid of course, I’d be willing to settle for 10 thousand.

  5. You cared enough to read the post AND comment. sweet dude.

  6. Now the shackles of the Parliamentarian’s forced neutrality are off, let me just say that the AREA Act is a critical piece of legislation that will dramatically improve the institutional framework of the Senate. It ought to be passed and implemented quickly.

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