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Volume 71, Issue 61, Tuesday, November 22, 2005

News

Senate taking a long holiday

SGA must follow old constitution until new version is 
put to student vote in spring

Cougar News Staff

The Student Government Association Senate will not meet this week because of the Thanksgiving holidays. It will next meet Dec. 7, four weeks after the last SGA meeting Nov. 9. 

Speaker of the Senate Ken Maynard said SGA executives didn't account for the month-long gap, but that it shouldn't get in the way of any major legislation. 

"We don't have much in the works right now, so a meeting right after Thanksgiving wouldn't have a lot to it," Maynard said. 

Maynard also said the SGA has decided against calling a special election to approve a new SGA constitution, which was ratified by the Senate Oct. 26. The constitution will instead be on the ballots for the SGA general elections this spring. 

"We wanted to get a lot of students to have their say because it's so important," Maynard said. "With finals and so forth (at the end of the fall semester), we felt it wouldn't receive the attention that it deserves." 

The constitution replaces the old document written in 1964 and last amended in 1996. Among other changes, it establishes an SGA judiciary charged with mediating claims within the University, and bans closed executive sessions. 
 

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