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|Volume 71, Issue 61,
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Senate taking a long holiday
SGA must follow old constitution
until new version is
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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