Thursday, March 8, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 112



SGA fails to meet quorum; gets $4K request from SVN

By Tim Williams
Daily Cougar Staff

A plea for funding by the Student Video Network marked the high point of Wednesday's Student Government Association meeting, after the Senate failed to meet a quorum when only five senators attended.

The senators who were present were Radiance Ham, Humanities, Fine Arts and Communication; Jeff Hill, College of Business; Andy Steinke, Honor's College; Craig Stewart, Social Science; and Jimmie Thomas, Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

SGA President James Robertson Jr. was absent because he had a prior engagement with Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. in the Moody Towers' Commons at the time the SGA meeting was taking place.

SVN student volunteer Al Bahmani spoke before the handful of senators about the possibilities and benefits of a better-funded, closed-circuit television network.

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The Student Government Association could not meet quorum Wednesday, because only five senators showed up for the meeting.

"SVN could become an integral part of the campus," Bahmani said.

He proposed that SGA give the network $4,000 to be spent on two editing computers and additional camera equipment.

Bahmani reminded the senators of the role the network played in this year's student government elections, stating that the network's airing of the presidential debates sponsored by The Daily Cougar helped residents decide their vote.

SVN is shown on campus, in the residence halls, where 2,300 students live. Students on campus during the day can also watch SVN.

Bahmani further stressed the difficulties that face the network.

"We can hardly function," Bahmani said.

There are only five working VCRs in the SVN studio that continuously air movies and student productions throughout the day, he said.

Nearly $12,000 of SVN's approximate $15,000 budget goes to leasing movies, he said.

Bahmani said he could provide a much more diverse network if provided with additional funding.

UH theater productions, communication majors' projects and musical performances could all be covered and shown, he said.

Bahmani said his dedication to the network is tempered by two necessities.

"All this studio needs is a bathroom and a bed. Then I would live here," Bahmani said.

His helps the network's needs by loaning his personal computer, a digital video camera and his collection of video editing books, he said.

Bahmani said he participated in several medical studies to purchase his camera. "One was for an athletes' foot treatment and the other was a headache medication," Bahmani said.

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