Vice President Matty Bennet guided the senate through proposed changes to SGA’s constitution at the senate meeting March 26.
Bennet chairs SGA’s Constitution Committee, which examines and proposes changes to the constitution and bylaws.
He proposed the committee could fix “grammatical issues” in the documents without bringing those issues to the senate floor. “There’s a lot of small stuff that I don’t think necessarily warrants coming to a full senate meeting,” said Bennet.
President Ben Carrington reminded the senate the constitution clarifies the difference between revisions and amendments. It says, “All changes to grammar and/or punctuation shall be considered a revision, and all other changes shall be considered amendments.”
The first change seen by the senate was in Article IV. This change added the language “at the same time” to a sentence that otherwise read, “No member of the Executive Branch shall hold a Senate seat.”
Bennet said the change was intended to “make it clear that when you’re on eBoard, you are unable to be part of the senate.”
Senate voted on the change, which passed unanimously as presented.
The second change seen was in Article V. This change included restructuring the responsibilities of the Class and Club Treasurer and the Social Events Coordinator, and eventually eliminating them to create two new positions – the “Outreach and Events Coordinator” and the “Publicist and Recruitment Coordinator.”
The Outreach and Events Coordinator would arrange the Class and Club Account’s balance, SGA’s fundraising efforts, Fall Retreat, the All-University Banquet, and SGA’s presence at all University-wide events. They would also appoint the chair of the Benevolence Committee.
The Publicist and Recruitment Coordinator would maintain SGA’s website and social media, publicize all SGA meetings and events, represent SGA on campus, “spearhead all SGA recruitment efforts,” and assist both SGA eBoard members, as well as clubs and organizations, with publicity efforts.
Bennet said the two new positions would help “foster relationships throughout the community.”
Members of SGA then discussed further details regarding the new positions.
Social Events Coordinator Matt O’Sullivan asked, with regards to the Outreach and Events Coordinator, “Where would the discretion come between a social event and a fundraiser, funding wise?”
Bennet said, “That person, in that role, would have to be aware that fundraising money has to come from Class and Club and not from SATF.”
He added, “Both fundraising and hosting events is in the same vein of the idea that it is an outreach, not an insular, position.”
Although senators raised questions, Bennet said, “The reason that we’re looking at these positions is because we need to decide this for elections, which are coming up – which is why it’s vital that something gets passed tonight.
“We can always amend the scope of the job, but as long as the job exists, it can be on the ballot,” he added.
Changes to Article V were passed pending amendments from the Constitution Committee.
Bennet said the changes were proposed to make it the constitution “work a little bit better with the direction that we see this organization going in.”