ASUN judicial hearing on Sept. 11
In Chief Justice Brayden Taeubel’s officer report, he announced a judicial hearing regarding the rebrand legislation brought to the table at the senate meeting on Aug. 30. Aween Ali, senator for the College of Engineering, submitted the legislation on behalf of Hannah Dayna Alquiza, the vice president of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada, Reno, and Isabella Hatt, the director of executive affairs.
Erin Shaffer, senator for the College of Liberal Arts, filed a charge with the judicial council via email on Sept. 4, to which Jefrin Jojan, senator of the College of Engineering, questioned later in the meeting. Shaffer reiterated that the internship rebrand piece was discussed at the Aug. 30 meeting and failed with a vote of three to 15, However, Shaffer reported an email reminder was sent out recently to the internship applicants to ask them to sign up for their interviews. The email included “partnership” instead of internship in the title.
“[The email] showed that the executive board or [president’s cabinet] wasn’t following the decision that senate had made, so I decided to file a charge,” Shaffer said.
The council decided to accept the case on Sept. 6.
The open hearing, Shaffer v. ASUN Internship, will take place Sept. 11 at 8 a.m. in the President’s Conference Room.
Senate Resolution 91 passed
The senate fast-tracked S.R. 91, A Binding Resolution to Create the Addition of Introduction of Guests at the Senate Table.
Shaffer brought the legislation to the table based on the Nevada State Legislature. Representatives at the state legislature are permitted to bring guests, who can be recognized for their accomplishments on the public record. The legislation proposed inviting up to two student guests to the table to be recognized and receive a certificate; the guests wouldn’t have speaking or voting rights at the table.
“The intent is also to recognize our students, since we are the ones representing our students. This is to create another opportunity to recognize them at the table and on public record,” Shaffer said.
Senators will email the speaker about the nominees, however there is no process of approval and it is up to the senator who is bringing them to the table. To which Aween Ali, senator of the College of Engineering added, “I like this idea … but I feel like there needs to be some sort of process for it.”
Ali pointed out that everyone may have a different idea about what type of accomplishment is worth recognizing.
Joel Martin, senator of the College of Liberal Arts proposed the idea of creating an amendment that leaves recognition of the student to the discretion of the speaker. The amendment would allow Fayza Salah, the speaker of the senate to set precedent for what kind of recognitions would typically be brought to the table. The new amendment was unanimously voted on and added to line 12 in the legislation.
Jojan proposed announcing the guests at the beginning of the meeting under the “Receipt of petitions and correspondence” section instead of “Miscellaneous Business,” which is discussed at the end of the meeting. Moving the agenda item means students don’t have to wait until the end of the meeting to be recognized. The vote for this amendment was unanimous.
After the amendment changes, the vote for the resolution was passed unanimously.
At this meeting, James Tracy, senator of the College of Engineering and Mackenzie Taylor, a senator of the college of Liberal Arts resigned from the senate due to scheduling issues.
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