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Members discuss constitutional revisions

Katie Laird | Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Members of the Council of Representatives met Monday to discuss new revisions to the Student Union Constitution that will be voted on next week.

Possible changes range from the opening of new positions and the setting of a universal meeting procedure in student government that will follow certain guidelines outlined in Robert’s Rules.

A rough draft of the constitution was passed out, and COR members discussed the effectiveness of the new changes.

One issue that was discussed was whether or not future COR meetings should be closed to the public.

Emily Chin, the student body vice-president, explained that closed-door meetings are more effective.

“The dynamic of the group totally changes … it’s so much more productive,” she said. “People are more open.”

Student Union Board president Charlie Ebersol disagreed.

“Most of you people are publicly elected officials … [We] are representing a constituency … they should know,” Ebersol said. “Closed doors equal deception. Period. It’s a bad, bad idea.”

James Leito, sophomore class president, agreed with Ebersol, saying, “I am willing to speak my mind whether The Observer is here or not.”

Members also discussed creating a main government Web site with links to Senate, Hall Presidents Council, Office of the President and the Student Union Board.

A new position entitled the Student Union Web site Administrator would be in charge of updating and maintaining the Web site which would include minutes, events and other activities of various student government meetings.

The proposed constitution states that the Web site will “facilitate communication and collaboration among student groups” and “effectively publicize all student group events and programs to the student body.”

Director of Student Activities Brian Coughlin explained that currently there is the Under the Dome Calendar sponsored by Student Activities. However, it has not been in service for the past couple of weeks due to a corrupted server.

“Unlike the University calendar, with the Under the Dome Calendar, anybody and anything can be on it,” Coughlin said.

COR plans to meet twice more this week to discuss several more revisions to the constitution. The meetings will take place Tuesday at 10 p.m. and Thursday at 7 p.m. The final changes will be made in next week’s meeting.