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Parliamentarian choice dominates meeting

Karen Langley | Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Student government has been without a parliamentarian for a year, but a new parliamentarian was selected at the Council of Representatives (COR) meeting Monday night.

Junior Chris Hollon was nominated for the position of Student Union Parliamentarian by Judicial Council President James Leito.

“It was a long and arduous process, finding a parliamentarian,” Leito said.

A recommendation inspired Hollon’s nomination for Student Union Parliamentarian, which was solidified by strong credentials.

Hollon gained a familiarity with parliamentary procedure while serving as parliamentarian at Ohio Boys State during high school.

“This gave him a great deal of experience working with Robert’s Rules and parliamentary procedure,” Leito said. “I’d say he has more experience going in than anyone who’s held the position before.”

Last year a parliamentarian was not needed because then-student body president Adam Istvan had an “above-average knowledge of Robert’s Rules,” Baron said.

He is currently involved with the Student Union as the Spiritual Chair of the Junior Class Council and Vice-Chair of Junior Parents’ Weekend.

As Student Union Parliamentarian, Hollon will ensure that Robert’s Rules of Order and parliamentary procedure are followed in Student Senate, COR and Campus Life Council meetings.

“He will speak up if an action is taken by members of the committee that is inconsistent with correct procedure,” Baron said.

Hollon’s Junior Class Council meetings present a slight time conflict with Student Senate meetings, but this five-minute overlap should not dissuade representatives for approving him, Leito said.

Hollon was approved without opposition as Student Union Parliamentarian.

In other COR news:

u Leito said campaigning for the Judicial Council’s Peer Advocacy program will take place this week.

u Student Union treasurer Mike Marshall said student groups must submit their budgets to the Financial Management Board by tomorrow.

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