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October 10, 2011

Student Government Association
October 10, 2011

Call to Order – 5:04 p.m.

Roll Call

Approval of the Minutes – approved

  1. Gallery Addresses the Body
    1. VP Charles asked for $400 and 5 additional volunteers for the Taste of Diversity Event with multicultural food in Dalton on Monday from 4:15-7:30 for entertainment such as belly dancers, fire breathers, etc. – will vote on in New Business
    2. VP from Chinese Club asked for help from all clubs and Greek life to come up with a total of 2500 pounds of food and specifically turkeys for families in need between October 24- Thanksgiving Break. – will vote on in New Business

President’s Report - Lee Hicks

  1. Big Block of Cheese Month – West Wing idea – asked SGA to visit at least one underrepresented organization with less than 25 members at least one time to ensure their acknowledgement of the SGA and the representation that they have prior to Thanksgiving Break.

Executive Vice President’s Report - Emily Redd

  1. Make-Up Retreat – went well. Any further questions should be sent to VP Blankenship (jeblankenship@radford.edu for Senators) or Chief of Staff Randall (rrandall@radford.edu for Cab/Staff).
  2. Ring Ceremony – MANDATORY event: This Friday, October 14, 2011 is the Ring Ceremony in the Covington Center at 5:30 p.m.. Please wear “dressy casual” attire. If you know that you are unable to attend, email Secretary Edwards ahead of time (bedwards3@radford.edu). The outstanding parents have been chosen and will be announced at the ceremony. 10 volunteers are needed to help with the check in table, coats, art gallery guarding, floaters/award helpers, etc. and someone is needed to go to New River Engraving in Christiansburg to pick up the award. Let VP Redd if you are able to help (mvredd@radford.edu).
  3. Forum – A sign-up sheet was passed around for those interested in joining the Parking Committee. A date with be arranged soon for the forum itself.

Legislative Vice President’s Report - Justin Blankenship

  1. Constitution Committee – a sign-up sheet was passed around for those interested in joining the Constitution Committee.
  2. What Do YOU Want Wednesdays – will commence this week. A sign-up sheet was passed around for hour blocks of driving the golf cart/surveying students. First and last slots must go to the Armstrong Building to pick-up/drop off the golf cart. Do NOT take it off campus, off of the sidewalk, or in the grass and dress warm. There was a request for survey questions that should be asked.
    1. Ideas: Parking, involvement/knowledge of SGA, Mandatory Internships, RU Voting, Tuition Raises, etc.

Vice President of Student Finance’s Report - Nicole Munsey

  1. No report

Chief of Staff’s Report - Randi-Lyn Randall

  1. No report

Senate Reports

  1. Senator Bartholomew
    1. Off-Campus Committee – will be meeting next Friday at noon. Ideas are a housing fair and a forum. A sign-up sheet was passed around for those interested in joining the committee. Quadfest weekend is usually the time when the body goes out to clean both dark and light side.
  2. Senator Proffitt
    1. Funding for a Speaker – $1,000 for a speaker to speak about driving under the influence and the consequences. The proposal will be sent out via email. Will vote on in New Business.
  3. Senator Midkiff
    1. Meeting with Dean Gilbert – There will be an Alumni event in the Spring.  
  4. Senator Dorr
    1. RU Scared – Children from the city are invited to campus to trick-or-treat in the dorms and at tables of organizations on Halloween. We need a count of how many people are willing in each dorm to be able to have the dorms opened. It was asked that the SGA set up a table with a low-budget activity for the children. – moved to be voted on in New Business
    2. RU Winterland – more information to come.
    3. Dorm Security – Piggybacking in newer dorms with automatic doors is a problem because there is no swipe between building entrance and dorm rooms. Resident students safety is a concern.
    4. RU Express with Washers/Dryers – there should be more washers and dryers with swipe capability. Washer and Dryer maintenance should be more closely monitored.
    5. Radford Transit as “Drunk Bus” to extend routes and look into discipline if you ride the Transit intoxicated.
  5. Senator Testerman
    1. Ad-hoc Committees – will meet in the SGA Office next Wednesday, the 19th at 6 p.m.. 
    2. End of Semester Banquet – will try to form a committee to discuss the specific details about the banquet.
  6. Coordinator Puerto asked about having a Dean’s List recognition banquet/event at the beginning of the following semester of making Dean’s List for student recognition.
  7. Senator Lawrence
    1. Mandatory Internship Committee – will begin meeting on Wednesdays at 3:15 in the SGA Office. Research has been conducted to get ideas of which programs already require internships. There will also be a Q&A in the Bonnie Auditorium this Wednesday from 1pm-2 p.m..

Cabinet and Staff Reports

  1. Director Paoletti
    1. Weekly Update – should be sent out tomorrow. Anything to go out on next week’s update should be sent to Director Paoletti (jpaoletti@radford.edu). Contact her if you are interested in joining a committee to help with getting information about events, etc. out to the student body.
  2. Director White
    1. Website Biographies – If you have not yet sent your bio to Director White, please do so by the end of today (nwhite15@radford.edu).
  3. Coordinator McCoy
    1. SCHEV – was attended in Richmond last Wednesday. General funding for state schools was discussed, and Radford needs about 9 million more to have “enough”. Faculty salaries are to increase this year for the first time in 4 years. Advocacy Day Applications (40-45 to go maximum) will be sent out soon for those wishing to go to Richmond for Advocacy Day. Contact Coordinator McCoy if you have further questions (zjmccoy@radford.edu).

Old Business

  1. Motion to suspend Robert’s rules of order – suspended
  2. Vote on Co-Sponsorship of the Environmental Club Event – up to $300 – moved, seconded, and passed
  3. Senator Blumberg
    1. Vote on Demonstration Areas/Student Expression Policy Changes/Additions – tabled until next week

New Business

  1. Approve Christopher Puddy as Parliamentarian – Approved
  2. Taste of Diversity event sponsorship ($400 and 5 volunteers) – moved, seconded, and passed
  3. Help Chinese Club and Greek life with 200,000 pounds of food – moved, seconded, and passed
  4. Senator Proffitt’s Speaker ($1,000) – moved, seconded, and tabled until next week
  5. Senator Midkiff - SGA invitation to candidate forum – (up to $200 sponsorship) – October 25th in Preston Hall at 7 p.m. to hear from all candidates about student issues to make it a mandatory event – moved, seconded, and passed
  6. Senator Dorr’s RU Scared SGA Activity Table – October 30th – moved, seconded, and passed


  1. President Kyle’s Reception for Student Leaders from 5-7 p.m., transportation from the Bonnie Parking Lot on Jefferson. Dress very nicely for the event and do not bring additional guests.
  2. Email Director Paoletti (jpaoletti@radford.edu) with problems about the Weekly Update by 5 on Friday or see her after the meeting.
  3. Coordinator Puerto’s cupcake event is this Friday for those who volunteered to help with the event.
  4. Senator Testerman – on campus child care updates will be sent out this week.

Adjournment – 6:34 p.m..