GUSA Roundup: Don’t hate. Legislate.
On Sunday, GUSA kicked off the second semester with the zeal, debate, and vituperation students have come to expect from their representatives.
The meeting began with an announcement of the upcoming launch of the new GUSA website, which is expected to be operation within a week. In addition, the senate announced plans to fill a vacant senate seat. Elections for the at-large seat will be held on Thursday. Speaker Nate Tisa (SFS’ 14) expects the election to be fairly competitive, with upwards of 10 candidates on the ballot.
The University’s clear and convincing evidentiary standard will take effect this semester, however, in its current form, its provisions only apply to on-campus incidents. Sen. Sam Buckley (COL ’14) announced his intentions to expand the policy to off-campus disciplinary actions as well.
Speaker Tisa then directed the conversion toward last Saturday’s Diversity Summit. While most senators were perfectly content to applaud their own efforts, a disgruntled Sen. Sam Greco (SFS ’15) objected that the summit counted as a required, formal senate meeting. “I was happy to attend. I thought it was quite enjoyable and interesting, however, it is not a senate meeting.” Unfortunately or fortunately, according to the bylaws, the summit was special session.
Sen. Cannon Warren (SFS ’14) lauded Greco’s nerve. “Do we get to vote on making a special sessions? Wouldn’t it need the format of a senate meeting?”
Taken aback by Senator Warren’s questions, Tisa replied, “I invite you to raise objections, however, the summit was announced many months in advance.”
“I am sure this was announced months in advance,” Warren retorted, “but not all of us plan that far in advance. An email went out about it a day before, but it was syllabus week and I was just constantly in a state of inebriation for an entire week, and I just did not check my email.”
The comment solicited an immediate uproar from the rest of the body.
After restoring decorum, Speaker Tisa closed his discussion with a brief recap of the executive summary, which will be released to the public in its entirety by next week. “All in all our discussion was very, very positive,” Tisa said. ”I think it was productive and positive change and [in the report] we lay out some of the reasons why. Productivity is up, the number of bills is up, and the areas you have addressed in committee haven’t been addressed before by the GUSA senate.”
Editor’s Note: Samuel Greco’s quote was originally misattributed to Zachary Singer. Vox sincerely apologizes for the oversight.