GUSA Roundup: Loose ends and tight wallets

Yesterday, the Georgetown University Student Association Senate tied up some loose ends from last week’s meeting, including, passing electoral reform laws, the FY13 budget, and the executive cabinet.

One of the few new items at the meeting the briefing by GUSA president Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) who talked about Georgetown Day. Gustafson said the executive has received around 20 applications for the Georgetown Day committee already (they make it look so easy), and they are moving ahead with planning.

The senate also approved the executive cabinet unanimously.

The second new item was the approval of the GUSA fund, which gave $350 to the Georgetown Israel Alliance for their annual Independence Day celebration. The Alliance requested $500, but that was brought down “for reasons of frugality,” according to Nate Tisa (SFS ’14).

From last week, the senate approved the FY13 budget after nearly a month from its initial draft publicaiton before spring break.

Also from last week, the senate passed the Omnibus Electoral Accountability and Regulation Act of 2012, which was virtually the same as last week except that it removed some stipulations to allow the Election Commission to use their best judgement in the exact punishment (instead of specifying it for them).

Election Commissioner Adam Giansiracusa (SFS ’12) told Tisa that he favored the bill because it allowed for more punishment than disqualifications. The other two election commissioners, Ethan Chess (SFS ’14) and Audrey Atencio (SFS ’14), did not respond to Tisa’s requests for comment, according to Tisa.

After some titillating discussion about how much Ziad Jawadi‘s (COL ’15) father would have to be paid for, hypothetically, designing a website for Jawadi in a hypothetical GUSA election (the answer was a non-hypothetical “market value” that the election commission decides), the bill passed. Only three senators voted against it.

Speaking of, the senate also indulged in eulogizing Colton Malkerson (COL ’13), who is leaving the senate to be in charge of keeping an eye on Todd Olson implementing SAFE reform.

Or as Speaker Adam Talbot (COL ’12) said in our Talbotism of the week: “He is going on to spend more time on getting rolled.”

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