By Kirsten Raper, News Editor –
Carey Whitworth from UT Advocacy came to talk to members about an array of issues and topics going on within the Advocacy. She said that Governor Bill Haslam had his budget hearing on Nov. 7 and that during the annual State of the State Address, it will be revealed if the budget is approved. Whitworth also addressed the FOCUS Act and said it could take a few years before this piece of legislation starts making funding competitive between the schools that were once within the Tennessee Board of Regents (MTSU, ETSU, etc.) and the schools within UT system.
During a period of new business, senators approved for $45.51 to be allocated from Social Issues, Equity and Diversity for the purchase of tri-fold posters and velcro strips to be used for The Mindrunner event.
Also, the following amounts to be allocated from the Athletics account:
- $687.33 for the purchase of food for the SGA Bonfire
- $485.60 for the purchase of food for the Club Sport Mixer
- $1,474 for the purchase of long sleeve shirts to be given out at the bonfire
- $1,270 for the purchase of t-shirts to be given out at sporting events, particularly at basketball games
- $140.80 for the purchase of a reserved parking pass for the spring semester to be given out at the bonfire
Next, a resolution requesting for Student Development to add a National Panhellenic Council Advisor was passed. The resolution states that the the new advisor for NPHC has to be a member of a NPHC organization.
During committee reports, Derek Stienmetz said that the university has to amend its tobacco free campus proposal because it is illegal for university officials to call campus “tobacco free.” Instead, the proposal has to aim at making campus “smoking free.”
Caroline Waldron, Freshman Senate Advisor, said that the annual Chat about Chatt event will take place on Nov. 13 at 5 pm in the UC Auditorium.