Session of October 1, 2015
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Minutes recorded by: Alisa Wilson, Senate Secretary
Call to order at 11:00 am.
Roll called at 11:01 am.
New senators sworn in.
Sgt. Meadows: Everyone looks good in dress code.
V.P. Hollis: I didn't want to cancel dress code, but since we have new senators, I wanted to allow jeans.
Sen. Washington-Jones: I need volunteers for ice cream tomorrow. We will meet at 5:45 in ASC to bring everything over to Solheim and set up. We have event next month on the 23rd. It will be a color war. I will also need volunteers to help with that.
Sen. Wise: Bill brought to the floor: "Senate Shirt Purchase Order Bill of Fall 2015," appropriating $1000 for the purchase of Senate shirts.
V.P. Hollis: We are using a different company this year. Last year we allocated $1400, so we're lowering it to $1000 because they are significantly cheaper. The company was recommended by Wanda, so I approve.
Sen. Davis: Is the money being appropriated coming from the general fund?
V.P. Hollis: Yes. Usually we pay for shirts with our summer funds, but those have already been reverted back to the Senate general fund.
The bill passes.
Sgt. Meadows: Bill brought to the floor: "Club and Organization Recognition Act of Fall 2015 Part 3," formally recognizing LETU Sting Precision Flight Team, LETU Intersociety Council, Mu Epsilon Kappa - Omega Pi, and LETU Amateur Radio Club.
Sen. J. Swehla: How many of these bills are there going to be?
Sgt. Meadows: Some clubs haven't gotten all of their paperwork in yet. They can submit their budget to us, but they will not have access to funds until they are formally recognized by Senate.
Sen. Jang: Wasn't there a deadline?
Sen. Naas: The final deadline for clubs to submit a budget is Sunday night. Final budget presentations will be Saturday, October 10th.
The bill passes.
Sen. Washington-Jones: I need a volunteer to make a chapel announcement about ice cream tomorrow.
Sen. Reddy volunteers.
Sen. Finn: I was talking to Jesse from the Corner Café at church this past weekend, and I was wondering if Senate has any effect on the relationship between LeTourneau and Bon Appetit. Could LeTourneau provide tuition for family of those who work at Bon Appetit.
Steve Conn: Bon Appetit is a contracted service and not LeTourneau employees. If LeTourneau gave them free tuition, it would be like handing out free money because they do not technically work for LeTourneau. The book store and Bon Appetit are outside vendors and not LETU employees.
V.P. Hollis: The back parking lot that used to be designated for South Hall is being cleaned up to look nicer and feel safer.
Sen. J. Swehla: They should look into getting security cameras. Over the summer, there were multiple cars that were broken into.
V.P. Hollis: I know the biggest issue with that is funding. I will talk to the chief and see what we can do.
Steve Conn: Most of you probably aren't aware, but I check Yik Yak fairly often to see if specific students are being targeted and to see what people's opinions are on things. Recently, someone claiming to be a Senator said some pretty harsh things attacking Brittany. I want you all to know that Brittany did not come to me or ask me to talk to you, this is me addressing your organization and saying that this is not acceptable. I realize that it may have been someone not even in Senate and just claimed to be a Senator. I encourage you all to live above reproach. If you wouldn't say it in person, you probably shouldn't say it at all.
V.P. Hollis: If anyone does have an issue, please email me, call me, and we can talk about it. I am very open. If you are a new Senator or haven't told me your shirt size yet, please stay after session.
Meeting adjourned at 11:25 am.