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Senate monopolizes meeting with awards

May 1, 2008

Awards were given out during Tuesday’s Student Senate meeting, with the Hard Worker Award going to Legislative Affairs Chair Craig Witte. He was given the award for his “hard stance on wide issues as committee member,” Ben Plunkett said as he presented the award.

Several other awards were given out after the meeting. The Senator of the Year Award was presented to Rodney Hillskotter and the Director of the Year Award was presented to Finance Director Jason Meier for their outstanding contributions to Student Senate.

“We had a really, really good year,” Senate President Derek Brandt said.

Other Senate News

•The Senate addressed an ethics complaint regarding the vice-presidential race. Students had complained that there were flaws in the electronic voting process that prevented them from voting. Due to the large margin of victory, the senate ruled that no action would be taken. They directed the fall elections committee to look into the possible issues with the voting problems.

•The Wisconsin Open Meeting Law, which requires senate meetings be posted in public places, was also brought up during the meeting.  A motion was carried to make minutes and agendas for Senate meetings available at the Information Desk of the University Center.

•Development and Programming Board Chair Mike Defenbaugh noted that Student Entertainment and Arts Committee Chair Anna Hunter is asking for 70 volunteers to help with finals fest. Students interested in volunteering should contact Hunter.

Agendas and minutes for Senate meetings are available at the Senate Web site.  The final Senate meeting of the year will be held May 6 at 7 p.m. in the Willow River Room of the University Center.