Senate limits uses for student fees


Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
University of Florida student organizations must spend the money they receive from Student Government on students and not the community, the Student Senate decided Tuesday.
Under a new law, it would be acceptable to use Activity and Service fees, which every UF student pays, to supply students who were participating in community service, but outright donations are forbidden.
For example, organizations would not be allowed to use student funds to donate markers to a Gainesville elementary school, but buying markers so UF students could perform community service at a school would be allowed, Sen. Lola Bovell said.
The new law was already an unofficial Senate policy.
On Oct. 25, the Senate slashed a request from the student group Helping Every Little Person by $350 because the money would have been used to buy flower pots and popsicle sticks for a Gainesville school.
In other news, Sen. Jared Hernandez is abandoning the Gator Party and changing his affiliation to "independent," he told the Senate.
"There were some amazing people involved with that party," he said, but he added he no longer feels the party reflects his personal views.
He said the student body is not best served by "a system of entitlement and privilege."
Although he did not announce his future plans at the meeting, Hernandez is widely speculated to be a candidate for Student Body president in the spring elections, which will occur on Feb. 28 and March 1.
The three current Student Body officials - President Joe Goldberg, Vice President Joyce Medina and Treasurer Lindsay Cosimi - all won their position on the Gator ticket in 2005.
Hernandez, who represents the Levin College of Law, also announced his resignation from his two committee seats, because demands on his time in February will not allow him to meet the requirements of his positions.
"I believe that it's time for younger senators to perhaps take those roles," he said.
Hernandez urged his fellow senators to "not simply sit in a power corner or in an independent enclave."
Splintered special interests could not efficiently represent the student body, he said.
In a similar vein, Senate President John Boyles asked the Senate to consider how they can best serve the student body in the six weeks left in the spring term.
"I want to encourage you to not give up or to stop," he said.
Also, Medina invited all students to meet their senators today at a luncheon on the fourth floor of the Reitz Union from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be free food.

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