Minutes

Minutes are a way for the SA Senate to keep record of the things said and done at Senate meetings. These records maintain transparency within the SA Government and keep Senators accountable to their constituents.

March 18, 2013 (PDF)
At the March 18, 2013 Senate meeting,2013 reports were provided from each of the standing committees as well as Greek Management Committee and the Standing Committee on Alcohol Policy and Education. Coordinator Puffer was approved to serve on the UR Web Advisory Committee and the Society of Crocheting and Knitting Students was granted final SA recognition. The Senate also heard a preliminary status decision appeal from the East Asian Affairs Association on the grounds of uniqueness. The appeal was denied by the Senate. Additionally, the Senate approved representatives to serve on the selection committee for the Professor of the Year and Student Life Advocate of the Year awards.

March 4, 2013 (PDF)
At the March 4th, 2013 SA Senate Meeting, Senator Salazar was approved to serve on the Projects & Services Committee. UR Boxing was granted Final Recognition as an SA Organization, and Constitution changes were approved for Louvre Performance Ensemble and Women’s Caucus. Finally, Senators Spica, LoTempio, Metzler and Halpern were selected to serve on the ACJC Selection Committee.

February 25, 2013 (PDF)
At the February 25th, 2013 SA Senate Meeting, Constitution changes for the Society of Women’s Engineers and the 2016 Class Council were approved. Senator Stark was appointed to serve on the Communications & Public Relations Committee. Additionally, the bylaws were changed to remove the Club Sports President from the Steering Committee. Finally, Senate meetings were moved to 8pm on Mondays beginning this coming Fall Semester and the vacancy policy was revised.

February 18, 2013 (PDF)
At the February 18th, 2013 SA Senate Meeting, CFO of the University Ron Paprocki presented information and answered questions about the upcoming Collegetown construction. Updates were provided by each of the standing committees and Sea and Anchor Detail and Student’s Helping Honduras were both granted SA Final Recognition.

February 11, 2013 (PDF)
At the SA Senate Meeting of February 11th, 2013, the Senate heard from Dean Feldman about Experiential Learning and Nightlife. Updates were given by each of the standing committees as well as University committees. Constitution changes were approved for Colleges Against Cancer and University of Rochester Peers for Animal Wellness and Safety were granted Final SA Recognition. It was determined that a vacant Class of 2013 Senate seat will remain for the remainder of the year. Lastly, Senator Rambarran and Senator Bade were appointed to the Appropriations Committee.

January 28, 2013 (PDF)
At the SA Senate Meeting of December 3rd, 2012, all standing committees gave updates on their progress. Both Senator Sanchez and President Patel separately discussed plans for increased alcohol education on campus. Chair Puffer presented the vision for the Spring semester feedback campaign. Chief Justice Custill was approved to serve as a representative on the Standing Committee on Alcohol Policy and Education and Senator Esce was approved to serve as the Chair of the Projects & Services Committee.

January 28, 2013 (PDF)
At the SA Senate Meeting of December 3rd, 2012, all standing committees gave updates on their progress. Both Senator Sanchez and President Patel separately discussed plans for increased alcohol education on campus. Chair Puffer presented the vision for the Spring semester feedback campaign. Chief Justice Custill was approved to serve as a representative on the Standing Committee on Alcohol Policy and Education and Senator Esce was approved to serve as the Chair of the Projects & Services Committee.

December 12, 2012 (PDF)
At the December 12th, 2012 SA Senate meeting, the Chairs of the standing committees provided reports on their progress over the semester and their goals for the remainder of the year. The Walk for Light and Walk for Dark report was presented, along with information about meal plans and the Collegiate Readership Program. BLifeUR was approved as an SA Recognized Group and Tiernan Project was derecognized as a Community Service Organization. Senator Corrado resigned his seat as a Senator-At-Large due to his upcoming departure for his semester abroad.

November 12, 2012 (PDF)
At the SA Senate Meeting of November 12th, 2012, updates were provided from the Security Open Forum and the Bar Bus Committee meeting. The Senate discussed expanding the Collegiate Readership Program and the end of City Cycles in conjunction with the beginning of Winter Bike Storage. Pan-African Students’ Association was granted final recognition and Senators were approved to serve on the Policy & Review and Projects & Services Committees.

November 5, 2012 (PDF)
At the November 5th, 2012 SA Senate Meeting, Dean DePierro presented the plans for Rettner Hall (the new Digital Media building). Dean DePierro also provided information about the new Digital Media Studies and Audio Musical Engineering majors. The Senate discussed topics for discussion at a future meeting with Dean Feldman and heard updates from each of the standing committees.

October 29, 2012 (PDF)
At the Students’ Association Senate Meeting on October 29th, 2012, the Senate heard presentations from the Chair of the Policy & Review Committee as well as the SA Treasurer about the processes used by each committee and the basis for committee votes. Jonathan LoTempio was approved as a Senator-At-Large and will serve to fill the vacant Senate seat.

October 22, 2012 (PDF)
At the October 22nd, 2012 SA Senate Meeting, Cam Shauf presented on the proposed meal plan changes for the 2013-2014 academic year.  An update was provided on the Collaboration Coordinator position and the Community Service Network’s Constitution changes were approved.  A new aide was approved to serve on the Communications & Public Relations Committee and a senator was approved to serve on the Singer Awards Committee.

October 15, 2012 (PDF)
At the October 15th, 2012 SA Senate Meeting, student leaders of the Smoke Free Campus Initiative came to present to the Senate. They explained the changes that have been made to the proposal over the past two years as well as the steps they took to ensure student feedback. President Patel provided the Senate with an update on campus construction. The Constitution changes to A.D.I.T.I. were presented to the Senate and a representative was selected to serve on the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Committee.

October 1, 2012 (PDF)
At the October 1st, 2012 SA Senate Meeting, Transportation Advisory Commitee, SCAPE, University Council on Sustainability, Campus Leadership Advisory Board, Joint Committee on Security and Code of Conduct Committee representatives provided updates on the first meetings they attended.  An aide was approved to the Projects & Services Committee and S.H.A.D.E.S. was officially derecognized.  Speaker Topudurti introduced an idea to provide background information and objectives prior to any motion of discussion in a written document that would be posted along with the minutes.

September 24, 2012 (PDF)
At the Senate meeting of September 24th, 2012, reports were presented from the Event Registration Committee and the College Diversity Roundtable. The topics of construction and transportation on campus were discussed, as well as Dean Levy’s decision to accept a new position within the University. Aides were appointed to the Projects & Services Committee to work on Transportation, Facilities, and Academics in addition to the approval of an Advertising Coordinator, Videographer, and Visual Artist for the Communications & Public Relations Committee. Appointments were made to the Greek Management Committee and the University of Rochester Student Health Advisory Committee.

September 17, 2012 (PDF)
At the Senate meeting of September 17th, 2012, the Fall 2012 Elections Results were endorsed and the newly-elected freshmen Senators joined the table. Reports were presented from the Information Technology Governance Council and the Standing Committee on Alcohol Policy and Education, along with feedback from Dining Services on meal plan appeals. Chief Justice Cutillo announced that a policy change information session, hosted by Dean Levy and a panel of ACJC Justices, will be held in October to answer students’ questions about the medical amnesty and second chance policies. Several Aides were appointed to the Communications & Public Relations, Projects & Services, and Policy & Review Committees, in addition to a Collegiate Readership Program Coordinator for the Projects & Services Committee. Two students were appointed as Accountants on the Appropriations Committee.

September 10, 2012 (PDF)
At the Senate Meeting on September 10th, President Patel discussed Dean Burns’ email regarding the medical amnesty policy with the Senate. Communications & Public Relations Committee Co-Chair Puffer announced that there will now be a LISTSERV that students may subscribe to in order to receive the agenda via email once it is posted. Policy & Review Committee Chair Simlote brought to the Senate’s attention the upcoming changes to the Community Service Network in addition to discussing the current issues with performance group space reservations. The Senate also discussed the meal plan appeal process and the feedback methods used for Dining. The Senate approved representatives to sit on the Policy & Review Committee, the University of Rochester Student Health Advisory Committee, the College Diversity Roundtable, the Off-Campus Events and Bar Committee, the Transportation Advisory Committee, and the Joint Committee on Security.

September 3, 2012 (PDF)
At Senate Meeting of September 3rd, Senator Halpern requested feedback on the Medical Amnesty Policy Update and the release of information to the student body regarding the policy. The Chairs of each Committee outlined their attendance policies for their Committees. The Senate approved representatives on the Communications & Public Relations Committee, SAAC, Projects & Services Committee, Policy & Review Committee, the Administrative Committee, Student Code of Conduct Committee, College Teaching and Learning Technology Roundtable, Communications Advisory Board, Event Registration Committee, Financial Aid Advisory Board, IT Governance Council, Sophomore Committee, Standing Committee on Alcohol Polocy and Education, University Council on Sustainability, and the Campus Leadership Advisory Board.

April 30, 2012 (PDF)
At the Senate Meeting of April 30, 2012, Senator Sanchez gave an update with regards to the Smoke Free Initiative. She stated that the initiative had made progress since its last known update. Chair Sharma introduced the new version of the Second Chance Policy that would likely take effect in the fall semester. President Halpern introduced the new Medical Amnesty policy that would also take effect the following semester. The Senate chose to recognize UR Men’s Lacrosse, approve changes to Circle K, and de-recognize Students for Interfaith Action. Both Michael Dymond and Jared Fialkoff were approved as Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer respectively.

April 9, 2012 (PDF)
At the Senate Meeting of April 9, 2012, President Halpern provided updates on the bus line changes for next year. He states that he met with Dean Feldman to discuss concerns of the previously mentioned plans, and they are creating the “Orange Line.” Additionally, Halpern states that they are looking into extending Safe Rides to take students to their homes off campus within a three mile radius. Chair Donnelly provided updates on the 2012 Spring Elections. Furthermore, the Senate approved constitution changes to SAVVY and NJR. Treasurer Eckert presented the budget for the FY2012-2013 and it was approved by the Senate.

April 2, 2012 (PDF)
At the Senate Meeting of April 2, 2012, Czekai served as the Proxy Speaker and Arastu served as the Proxy Deputy Speaker. President Halpern and Vice President Bhatia state that they would like to open up a fund that would be specifically for groups to co-sponsor and collaborate with organizations that they have not previously worked with. Halpern and Bhatia seek feedback from the Senate. Duncan Graham (2015), Timothy Kuznetsov (2014), and Hanna Schwartzbaum (2015) were confirmed to serve as ACJC Justices. Lastly, the Senate approved constitution changes to Vocal Point and UR Rock Climbing and the Senate derecognized Japan Matsuri.

March 26, 2012 (PDF)
Deans Feldman and Lennie were in attendance at the Senate Meeting of March 26, 2012 and they spoke on the upcoming changes in transportation and the increased tuition. Senators and students from the gallery provided feedback and engaged in discussion. Elections Chair Donnelly provided updates on the upcoming SA Elections and she encouraged everyone to spread word to their peers. The Senate approved constitution changes to Partners in Reading and the Muslim Students’ Association. Lakshmi Miller-Vedam and Reid DesRuisseaux were approved to serve as Accountants on the Appropriations Committee. Additionally, the Senate approved the winners of the Professor of the Year and Student Life Advocate of the Year Awards. Finally, Senator Macias was selected to serve on the ACJC Selections Task Force.

March 5, 2012 (PDF)
At the Senate Meeting of March 5, 2012, Palida Noor from CAB presented updates to Dandelion Day in Open Forum. Also, a member from the gallery discussed concerns regarding the Weapons Policy and students participated in a thoughtful discussion regarding transparency. Humma Sheikh was approved to serve as a Class of 2015 Senator. Senators Patel, Sanchez, and Sobolewski were approved to serve on the ACJC selections task force. Additionally, the bylaws were amended to indicate that a Senator may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the Senate.

February 27, 2012 (PDF)
At the Senate Meeting of February 27, 2012, President Halpern introduced changes to the Student Code of Conduct regarding the knife policy. He also announced that the Dance Department will no longer be having final examination performances on Dandelion Day so these students can partake in the activities of the day. Vice President Bhatia discussed diversity on campus and proposed upcoming projects that have been introduced at the College Diversity Roundtable. The Senate approved several individuals to serve on the Awards Selection Task Force. Senator Gaona (2015) was removed from the Students’ Association Senate.

February 20, 2012 (PDF)
At the Senate Meeting of February 20, 2012, Deans Feldman and Aliger came to the Senate to speak to the Senate about concerns regarding the changing of dates for Dandelion Day. Senators and students in the gallery expressed concern that there was a lack of transparency on the part of the administration in making this change. Additionally, constitution changes were approved for Campus Crusade for Christ. Kristian Brooks and Andrea Sobolewski to serve on the Elections Committee and Chair Donnelly gave updates about the upcoming Spring 2012 SA Elections. Chair Holden announced that she will be resigning as the Chair of the Communications Committee.

February 13, 2012 (PDF)
During the Senate Meeting of February 13, 2012, President Halpern announced that Dandelion Day will take place on a Friday, not Saturday, this year. Senators and members of the gallery took part in a lengthy discussion regarding their concerns about the date change as well as the process by which the decision was made. The Senate also endorsed the Open Letter to the Administrations of UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and All American High Education Institutions, which is regarding safety and security on college campuses. Chair Donnelly announced that advertising has begun for the SA Appreciation Awards and that she is preparing for the Spring 2012 Elections. Additionally, Senator Brookstein was approved to serve on the Elections Committee.

February 6, 2012 (PDF)
At the Senate Meeting of February 6, 2012, the motion was made to de-recognize the group Rochester Genocide Intervention. Chief Justice Tess Petersen was approved to serve on the Academic Living Center Selection Committee, which decides which groups will live on the fraternity quad this year. Camilo Benitez, Kait Holden, and Vanessa Sanchez were approved to serve as representatives on the Financial Aid Advisory Committee and Ryan Puffer, a Projects & Services Aide, was approved to serve as a representative on the Classroom Teaching and Learning Technology Roundtable. Nick Pellegrino, a member of the Class of 2013, was selected by the Senate to fill the vacancy at the Senate table and to serve as a 2013 Senator.

January 23, 2012 (PDF)
At the Senate Meeting of January 23, 2012, Stephanie Panama was approved to serve as an aide on the Communications & Public Relations Committee, Alina Czekai was approved to serve as a representative on the Singer Awards Committee, and Becky Donnelly was approved to serve as the Election Chair for the Spring 2012 Elections. President Halpern announced that he was looking for representation for three University committees: the Event Registration Committee, the Financial Aid Advisory Board, and the Academic Living Centers Selection and Review Board. Treasurer Eckert explained that the Appropriations Committee will be moving to a teller system, and Chair Topudurti of the Policy & Review Committee announced that the Mid-Year Reports were due.

December 12, 2011 (PDF)
At the Senate Meeting of December 12, 2011, guest student Andy Debbins presented a petition to the Senate that requested that the Gold Line continues to make stops along Genessee Street even though it is not included in the route. Projects & Services addressed this concern and assured the students that they would make improvements. Student, Alykhan Alani, voiced concerns regarding increasing tuition rates at the University of Rochester. The Senate and members of the gallery participated in discussion. President Halpern stated that there will be information on the Hive regarding the breakdown of tuition in the near future. Laurel Contomanolis from Residential Life presented information about the new Housing Lottery System. The Senate approved constitution changes to UR Debate Union. Additionally, Humma Sheikh was approved to serve as Co-Chair of the Projects & Services Committee and Senator DeMeo resigned from the Senate.

December 5, 2011 (PDF)
The Senate Meeting of December 5, 2011 was marked by a motion to grant the appeal of Phi Delta Epsilon and overturn the decision of the Policy & Review Committee. The group brought the concern to the Senate that they felt as though they were not being heard when they first presented their request for preliminary status to the Policy & Review Committee. The motion failed. Additionally, the Senate approved constitution changes to UR Concerts and Wendy Wang was approved to serve as Deputy Treasurer of the Appropriations Committee. Senator Brookstein, Senator Brill Chief Justice Petersen, and President Halpern discussed changes that will be put in place for Dandelion Day this spring.

November 21, 2011 (PDF)
During the Senate Meeting of November 21, 2011, the Senate discussed potential upcoming changes to Dandelion Day and provided feedback for SCAPE. President Halpern discussed the future plans for the new college town, which will be completed in 2014. Constitution changes to BSU were approved by the Senate. Sonja Page was approved to serve as Co-Chair of the Projects & Services Committee. Lastly, the Senate participated in a lengthy discussion about the new bar bus policy and off-campus events.

November 14, 2011 (PDF)
During the Senate meeting of November 14, 2011, the Senate discussed the purchase of the solar bench that is located outside of Rush Rhees Library and they expressed their concern regarding the purchase. The Projects & Services Committee announced details about the winter bike storage program and the Thanksgiving shuttles. Men’s Club Squash was approved as an SA-Recognized group and Devin Embil was approved to serve as the official videographer for the SA.

November 7, 2011 (PDF)
During the Senate Meeting of November 7, 2011, potential builders for the new MAIC building discussed building plans. The building will emphasize collaboration and innovation and it will be a center when students can work on digital media projects. Senators provided feedback and asked questions about the building plans. Treasurer Eckert and Chair Topudurti introduced changes to the PPM, which will allow all SA-Funded groups to petition for supplemental funding. Additionally, Senator Brookstein introduced a sense of the Senate resolution that would require student groups that require dues to have payment plans available to members. The Senate tabled this motion until the Mid-Year Report is released.

October 31, 2011 (PDF)
During the Senate Meeting of October 31, 2011, the Projects & Services Committee announced that the Walk for Facilities will take place on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 3 PM. The Projects & Services Committee also provided updates to Academics and Rafique Khan was approved to serve as an aide on the committee. The Policy & Review Committee denied the Lawn and Mallet Club preliminary status and Chair Topudurti stated that she created a checklist that all advisors will provide to student groups before they petition for preliminary status. Sustainability Coordinator Finnie provided updates and stated that he will be looking into ways to make Meliora Weekend more eco-friendly.

October 24, 2011 (PDF)
During the Senate meeting of October 24, 2011, Catie Tarantine and Sheridan Finnie gave a presentation on making UR a smoke-free campus, and Senate provided feedback and suggestions. The Projects & Services Committee announced that the Walk for Facilities will take place on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at 3 PM in the Ruth Merrill Center. Ryan Puffer was approved to serve as the IT Coordinator for the Projects & Services Committee. Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG) was de-recognized, and constitution changes to D’Motions were approved. Additionally, the Senate had a discussion regarding Senators’ responsibilities and potential biases in response to the voting that took place last week to approve GlobeMed as an SA-Recognized group. Senators and members of the Policy & Review and Appropriations Committee participated in this discussion.

October 17, 2011 (PDF)
The Senate Meeting of October 17, 2011 began with a discussion about the changes in policies of the Bar Bus Committee and the Standing Committee on Alcohol Policy and Education (SCAPE). President Halpern and Security Coordinator Doko announced that the Safe Ride Home program will commence in November, and it will provide students with rides during the hours of 1-4 AM. The van has been purchased, and it will transport students to three stops: Hill Court, Southside and Riverveiw. Vice President Bhatia introduced a presidential initiative of reaching out to student groups to learn more about student diversity and the campus climate and how student government can better support these groups. Projects & Services announced that the IT Summit will take place on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 from 5-7 PM. Additionally, there were two approvals by Senate: ROC the Raas’ constitution update to change their name to University of Rochester Raas and the SA-Recognition of GlobeMed.

October 10, 2011: No meeting.

October 3, 2011 (PDF)
During the Senate meeting of October 3, 2011, Senate approved multiple decisions made by the Policy & Review Committee. The Rochester Secular Students Alliance (RSSA) was approved as an SA-recognized group. Constitution changes made to Emergency included the addition of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. The Senate also approved the de-recognition of two groups: Families Across Borders and Afro-Expressions. Additionally, Sustainability Coordinator Finnie provided numerous updates regarding improving sustainability initiatives on campus and how sustainability efforts will be implemented in the construction of the new buildings on campus. The Communications Committee reported that the first SA Spotlight on-campus highlighted SAVVY, and their World Vegetarian Day event was successful.

September 26, 2011 (PDF)
In the Senate Meeting of September 26, 2011, Senate discussed the potential purchase of SA video cameras that would be available for student groups to utilize. President Halpern provided updates on the construction of the new media studies building and encouraged student government to support the Yellowjackets as they compete on NBC’s The Sing-Off. The Senate also discussed the Communications & PR Committee’s Facebook campaign and offered feedback to Chair Holden. Senators were approved to serve on various committees.

September 19, 2011 (PDF)
The Senate meeting of September 19, 2011 featured the approval of the Fall 2011 elections results, and the four freshmen Senators were welcomed to the table. The meeting included more approvals of representatives who will serve on the the various Senate Standing Committees and University Committees. Senators were elected to serve on the Steering Committee and the Appropriations Committee (SAAC). The Event Registration Committee discussed whether or not parties with alcohol may be held during the week. The Policy & Review Committee discussed changes to the PPM, the Communications Committee introduced a potential Facebook campaign to build fan base, and the Projects & Services Committee provided updates regarding City Cycles, dining and URSAHC.

September 12, 2011 (PDF)
The September 12, 2011 Senate meeting featured a lengthy discussion on security and student safety on-campus. This motion was introduced by ACJC Chief Justice Petersen and feedback was received from Senators and members of the gallery. The Policy & Review Committee discussed the pre-health task force, and the Projects & Services Committee noted various changes to dining and IT on-campus. The Senate also approved many Senators and aides to serve on various University Committees and Senate Standing Committees.

September 5, 2011 (PDF)
This meeting marked the first of the academic year. Committee Chairs reported on progress made on initiatives over the summer, as well as goals for the upcoming year. Specifically, Projects & Services discussed recent changes in dining and transportation, and the Communications & Public Relations Committee provided information on the exciting updates to the Hive, Rocky’s Report, and student government social media efforts. The new event registration system was introduced. There was a lengthy discussion about Security, and many Senators offered ideas for improvement of security off-campus. Additionally, Senators and Chairs were approved to serve on various University Committees and Senate Standing Committees.

April 25, 2011 (PDF)

Unofficial April 11, 2011 (PDF)
Because this was the last convening of the 2010 – 2011 Senate, minutes cannot be formally approved.

April 4, 2011 (PDF)
This week’s meeting featured a lengthy discussion questioning how student government should pay itself in stipends. Senators and the SA Treasurer disagreed on how to allocate the $5,500 available in stipends, $1,500 of which currently is for the SA Treasurer. Due to the contention, the SAAC budget did not pass and the Treasurer will keep the stipend.

March 28, 2011 (PDF)
Senate discussed the incoming ACJC justices.  Committees reported on ongoing projects, including an update on elections, constitutional changes and more.

March 21, 2011 (PDF)
SA Appropriations cut $98,000 worth in cuts to next year’s budget. In addition, a representative from the Standing Committee on Alcohol Policy and Education reported that the school will begin to confiscate all beer pong tables.

March 14, 2011 (PDF)
President Strenger announced that funding for Fill Fauver will likely end, meaning the program would be reduced to a minimum of four events a semester, all funded by other groups. Previously the SA President’s budget encompassed Fill Fauver. URSHAC introduced the idea of making UR a smoke-free campus for a lengthy discussion about how such a policy might affect campus and the 8 percent that do smoke. This was merely a preliminary discussion, but if UR follows through on this initiative then it would join 466 institutions that have already moved to smoke-free status.

February 28, 2011 (PDF)
Many Senate meetings can last well past 1 a.m., but this week senators finally got a good night’s rest. The group adjourned at 10:30 p.m., after a short round of committee updates and minimal new business. President Strenger reported only good news about the Tour de SA, his administration’s initiative, which is in the midst of speaking to leaders and student groups across the University.

February 14, 2011 (PDF)
Senate instated Alpha Kappa Psi Club — a business fraternity — as an SA-recognized group, overriding Policy and Review. There was some contention over whether the group is significantly unique from other business groups on campus; however, senators found the group with over 50 members to be a valuable campus organization and approved the motion. Meanwhile, Senate approved a small investment in sustainability that should bring huge returns. According to a study, by purchasing 50 stickers to place on towel dispensers in bathrooms on the Residential Quad, the University will save 4,800 pounds of paper.

February 7, 2011: No Minutes.

January 31, 2011 (PDF)
UR is embarking on a master plan to improve campus signs, and so Senators discussed where students tend to get lost most. Next came the ordeal of approving 10 motions about constitution changes and shuffle of senator committee assignments.  There was some contentious debate over the Senate Bylaws and the new nomination process for Professor of the Year. SA President Strenger hoped to move Professor of the Year nominations from the Projects and Services committee into its separate task force. But what is the difference between a task force and committee? Next week Senate decides.

January 24, 2011 (PDF)
First Transit and the Parking & Transportation Office answered safety concerns raised from last semester. In one instance, a student had leaned on an emergency window exit, which opened, but he did not fall out. First Transit responded that at least the window doesn’t appear to be stuck. Senators raised other questions about overcrowding and emergency procedures. In other news, Senate overruled a Policy and Review committee decision that denied SA recognition to the Astronomy Club.

December 13, 2010 (PDF)
The Appropriations Committee (SAAC) was busy in December, approving supplemental funding for three groups. Policy and Review denied a fledgling student group SA recognition for lack of members, and Senate derecognized two student organizations. A few clubs may be out, but there’s one new club in: Swing Dance. Later, during the President’s Report, the room discussed the future of Fill Fauver. President Strenger is looking to transfer responsibility for Fill Fauver to an independent programming body.

December 6, 2010 (PDF)

November 29, 2010 (PDF)

November 22, 2010 (PDF)
After an initial discussion about Hillside smoothies, beer pong tables, and the College Diversity Roundtable, President Strenger reported on the most recent Bar Night Focus Group, which is looking at how to make bar nights safer. In committee business, the Appropriations Committee reported $10,000 out of the original $12,000 remaining in its supplemental funding account, marking a decline in supplemental requests from past years. Several groups went before Policy and Review for constitution changes and help with club leadership. Projects and Services is working hard on expanding the wellness program to offer more material and resources on healthy food,  fitness, and lifestyle. Senators discussed “Change for Excellence,” which is an attempt to provide more resources to TAs and will be a place for TAs to go for resources and advice. Finally, President Strenger and Vice President Haluck-Kangas are in talks with administrators and the Eastman campus to facilitate greater interaction between the two campuses.

November 15, 2010: No meeting.

November 8, 2010 (PDF)

November 1, 2010 (PDF)

October 25, 2010 (PDF)

October 18, 2010 (PDF)

October 4, 2010 (PDF)

September 27, 2010 (PDF)

September 20, 2010 (PDF)

September 13, 2010 (PDF)

September 6, 2010 (PDF)

April 26, 2010 (PDF)

March 29, 2010 (PDF)

March 22, 2010 (PDF)

March 15, 2010 (PDF)

March 1, 2010 (PDF)

Febuary 22, 2010 (PDF)

Febuary 15, 2010 (PDF)

Febuary 8, 2010 (PDF)

Febuary 1, 2010 (PDF)

January 25, 2010 (PDF)

December 7, 2009 (PDF)

November 30, 2009 (PDF)
The Senate opened the meeting with a serious discussion about Security’s communication with students.  Treasurer Flack mentioned an interesting situation in which a group involved with intercollegiate competition submitted a supplemental request for money to enter a competition.  Chair Brookstein of the Communications Committee announced that Rocky’s Report would be published shortly.  From the Policy and Review Committee, combined Mid-Year Report and Campus Club Connection tutorial meetings are planned for mid-January to introduce student groups to both initiatives.  President Weissmann engaged the Senate in a discussion about extending Fall Break one day, and Speaker Hughes looks forward to formalizing the Steering Committee PPM.  For more information about these and other topics of discussion, check out the full Minutes!

November 23, 2009 (PDF)
The Communications Committee has been working on literature for student groups about how to advertise around campus.  In a recent Policy and Review Committee meeting, Engineers Without Borders was approved for preliminary status.  Projects and Services Co-Chair Halpern announced meetings will begin shortly to improve academic advising.  Proposals soon shall be sent to local taxi agencies to gauge community interest in a new university taxi program.  After discussing the shuttle system, the Senate approved Chelsea Flint as a committee aide to the Communications Committee.  Finally, the Senate denied UR Consulting Group’s appeal to obtain preliminary status.  Check out the full Minutes to learn more about what student government is doing for you!

November 16, 2009 (PDF)
Senate is still hard at work.  Communications Chair Brookstein mentioned the new SA Press Releases and encouraged all students to sign up for this convenient new method of communication.  To subscribe for these updates, check out http://sa.rochester.edu/press/. After passing the Policy and Review Committee, the Senate approved UR Cooking Club as an SA-recognized group.  Projects and Services Co-Chair Halpern looks forward to the upcoming Winter Bike Storage program and bicycle registration, beginning December 4. Co-Chair Brill brought up some new changes to Dining Services. Unfortunately, the Senate voted to remove a Senator from the Class of 2013 based on concerns about attendance and overall performance.

November 9, 2009 (PDF)
This week the Senate briefly discussed course registration, particularly with regard to students who had midterm exams coinciding with registration. The Senators also discussed the Bookstore Advisory Committee, and some Senators expressed concern about bookstore prices and sustainable practices. The SA government looked forward to hosting its third Fireside Chat, which included smores. The Projects and Services Committee has continued its work on improving IT, taxi services, winter bike storage, and dining services.  Finally, the Senate extensively discussed the extent to which student surveys are required before Senators act on behalf of their constituents. Check out the Minutes for more information about how your Senators are representing you!

November 3, 2009 (PDF)
Student government looks forward to hosting the upcoming Fireside Chat and to releasing the newest Rocky’s Report. Chair Brooks mentioned that the Policy and Review Committee denied preliminary status to both EcoReps and the UR Consulting Group. Co-Chairs Brill and Halpern of Projects and Services will begin work soon on improving academic advising and will meet with administrators to get the ball rolling.  Still no student organizations have requested supplemental funding from the Experience Eastman account, and President Weissmann urges any interested student groups to apply — the money is up for grabs for those who wish to program at the Eastman campus.  For more detailed information about what happened at the meeting, check out the Minutes at the link above!

October 26, 2009 (PDF)
The Policy and Review and Projects and Services Committees gave pretty extensive reports this week.  Chair Brooks (Policy) introduced the finalized Community Service Network Constitution, which had been in the works since last year.  After passing through Policy, the Senate officially recognized Solar Splash as a student organization.  Co-Chairs Brill and Halpern (Projects) discussed the upcoming Walk for Light and changes to the Mel Dinner Nights.  Finally, President Weissmann, VP Crowley, Speaker Hughes, and Experience Eastman Coordinator Pollack attended a meeting of the Eastman SA government.  Their discussion was fruitful, and Speaker Hughes made an interesting comparison between the RC and ESM student governments.  Want more details about the happenings of your SA Senate, check out the full Minutes!

October 19, 2009 (PDF)
The Senate has been busy at work.  The Projects and Services Committee has begun its work on improving undergraduate academic advising.  Co-Chair Halpern announced that changes will be made to Blackboard that will make it more user-friendly.  The Committee has also been working on providing student feedback to Parking and Transportation Services about a new taxi program.  President Weissmann mentioned the national Sustainability Report Card and is excited that ODOS is willing to discuss changes to Fall Break. ***Note: an unofficial correction has been made to these Minutes.

October 12, 2009 (PDF)
Representatives from the Eastman School of Music student government attended and fielded questions from the Senators.   There was also some discussion about the Standing Committee on Alcohol Policy in Education (SCAPE).   Each committee chair gave reports about progress being made on their respective projects. Speaker Hughes concluded the meeting with words of wisdom for the Senators.

September 28, 2009 (PDF)
Deans Burns and Levy discussed at length new University policies regarding alcohol, parties, and parental notification.  The Senate learns that the Sophomore Committee will continue its work on improving the current advising system and developing a new sophomore internship program.  Sumya Hasan and Dennis Nave were approved by the Senate as the official SA Representatives to the Administrative Committee.  And in a surprising turn of events, Senator Brookstein motioned to overrule a decision made by the Policy and Review Committee to approve the Louvre Performance Ensemble as an SA-recognized organization.  The motion passed in a roll call vote; to see how well the Senate represented you, take a peak at the Minutes!

September 21, 2009 (PDF)
The Senate welcomed four new freshman members as well as numerous new committee aides.  Senator Nave was elected to sit on the Appropriations Committee, and Senators Guerra, Slone, and Umesi were elected to sit on the Steering Committee.  Congratulations to our new committee members!  We look forward to working with you.

September 14, 2009 (PDF)
We were excited to see so many fresh faces in the gallery, including several freshman Senate candidates. The Senate discussed the impact of the new alcohol policies on campus life. The Projects and Services Committee has had a very busy week and Co-Chairs Brill and Halpern shed light on students’ concerns regarding dining, H1N1, and City Cycles. Senate expressed their deep sadness at the loss of the young alumna, Annie Le. An amendment to the SA Constitution and Bylaws passed with flying colors; the SA Sustainability Coordinator is the first-ever permanent Presidential Cabinet position. The Senate also selected Senior Senator Ryan Mills to act as the official SA Government representative to the Standing Committee on Alcohol Policy in Education.

September 7, 2009 (PDF)
The Senate briefly discussed concerns about the new alcohol policies and their effects on Greek Life. Three Senators were selected to sit on the Appropriations Committee, and the Senate looks forward to electing three Senators to sit on the Steering Committee and one more to sit on the Appropriations Committee. These positions will be chosen after freshman elections, so as not to exclude any new Senators from those positions.

April 27, 2009 (PDF)
Welcome aboard, new committee chairs! Our first meeting as a new Senate brought with it the approval of five new committee chairs: Harry Brookstein (Communications & Public Relations), Sumya Hasan (Elections), Kristian Brooks (Policy & Review), and Alissa Brill and Bradley Halpern (Projects & Services). The Senate also recognized one student group and approved funding for another. Under the leadership of President Weissmann, three brand new student government positions were created including the Fill Fauver/Pack the Palestra Coordinators, the Experience Eastman Coordinator, and the SA Sustainability Coordinator. Looks like this year is going to be a busy one!