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Members discuss deadlines

Matt Bramanti | Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Members of the Council of Representatives met Monday night in LaFortune to continue planning the future of student government and discuss other issues.

Most of the discussion centered on upcoming deadlines for revamping the structure of student government.

“It was originally Dec. 1, but now that’s dust in the wind,” said Club Coordination Council president Seth O’Donnell.

Elliot Poindexter, president of the Judicial Council, said that the plans to reconstitute the Student Union should be in place by Jan. 13.

“We should have our top structure done by no later than when we come back [from Christmas break],” Poindexter said.

This deadline is crucial for his organization, which is responsible for conducting fair student body elections and overseeing campaigns. Members discussed the possibility of moving elections back, but they acknowledged that doing so would decrease transition time to the newly elected administration.

Members also presented information on their constituencies to the council. To aid in the overhaul of student government, student body vice president Jeremy Lao called for each member organization to report to the council on its goals, missions and purposes. Several organizations presented brief reports, and more will occur during next week’s meeting.

In other Council news:

u Peggy Hnatusko of the Student Activities Office said LaFortune Student Center will be open for shorter hours during the Thanksgiving break. The center will close at midnight Wednesday, and will remain closed all day Thursday. It will be open noon-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, but the Huddle will remain closed for the entire break. Normal hours will resume Sunday.

u Lao announced the formation of a committee to make recommendations on basketball and football ticket policies. Lao said the committee would submit a report next semester to Jim Fraleigh, assistant athletic director for ticket operations.

“We want to create a task force to look at ticketing in general and improve ticket procedures,” Lao said.

u Senior class president Jazmin Garcia asked members of her class to attend class events in the near future. Programming functions include a Dec. 1 dinner and football watch at Buffalo Wild Wings and a class rosary on Dec. 8.

u Hall Presidents Council co-chair Sarah Keefer encouraged residence hall staffs to participate in the HPC Christmas decoration contest.