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Volume 70, Issue 23, Thursday, September 23, 2004


Dress code gets OK from Senate

SGA also forms group to review constitution and Election Code

By Portia-Elaine Gant
Senior Staff Writer

Student Government Association senators will look sharper at future meetings thanks to a dress-code bill the Senate passed Wednesday.

The bill, which At-Large Sen. Cameron Pettigrew introduced Aug. 26, prohibits senators from wearing cut-off shorts, breakaway pants, T-shirts or sandals to meetings. Those who do will either be reprimanded at the meeting or receive half an excused absence.

Senators are allowed eight absences during their terms.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics Sen. Chris Crane disagreed with taking away half an excused absence as punishment for dress-code violations, saying a public reprimand would be enough, but Law Sen. A.J. Alexander said the bill's language is flexible.

"The bill gives the option of imposing either or both punishments," Alexander said. "In the cases where people are going completely against the grain, we can then use the half absence. In most instances, I don't think it will be an issue."

Another of Pettigrew's bills, calling for all SGA officials to use their UH e-mail addresses to conduct Senate-related correspondence, also passed.

"It's a simple bill," Pettigrew said. "It helps with professionalism and helps constituents know who is who."

In other business, SGA Vice President Matt Bell formed a commission to review the group's constitution. Speaker of the Senate Bobby Warren said a thorough review of the bylaws and Election Code will end confusion related to the multiple versions of the documents that now exist.

Senators also approved a proposal to extend the application deadline for the 2004-05 Election Commission because a low number of applications were received by the deadline last week. The new deadline is set for Oct. 6; appointments will be made by Nov. 3.

The Senate also heard a report on the proposed campus parking garage from At-Large Sen. Ken Maynard, who said students will gain about 450 spaces from the structure.

The building will take up 450 spaces in Parking Lot 1A and will provide 900 student spaces for a net gain of 450 spaces, he said.

The Senate also approved Carlos Machado to fill a vacant Architecture seat. Two candidates for a vacant Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Senate seat will be presented to the Senate at its next meeting, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the University Center Underground's Mediterranean Room.

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