The GUSA meeting last night opened with the election of the new executive officer. Three candidates stood in front of the room and spoke of their qualifications for five minutes each, exited the room and then waited for the Senate members to make a decision. After a half hour of heated debate, which included the discussion of dependability and enthusiasm and tolerance for bloviating, the Senate finally selected the person whom they believed to be most qualified to undertake the arduous task of note-taking during meetings.
The contentious election was followed by the introduction of the Safe Rides bill. The bill mandates that each GUSA member must complete one Thursday Safe Rides shift as either the driver or a passenger. The bill is intended to demonstrate the Senate’s commitment to safety, help form a relationship with GUPD, and most importantly, reduce the Executive Board’s laborious requirement from two shifts to one. Initially, the bill received little contention; one senator described a shift as “taxi-cab confession.” Nevertheless, GUSA did not fail to disappoint with a thorough debate over word choice.
One senate member believed the document to be insufficient in enforcing shift attendance due to lack of significant repercussions if one were to ditch. He suggested that the word “mandatory” be changed to “highly encouraged” since the bill provided no serious consequences. This proposal did not sit well with the majority of the Senate members and a vote was motioned. Seven members voted “yes” to change the wording of the bill, while 19 others voted “no,” including one “hell no.” The Senate then voted over the actual Safe Rides bill, which passed 21 to 4.