Student Government does business in costume


Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 12:01 a.m.

Though a Student Senate meeting was held on Halloween, a sea of costumed senators proved they could still get down to business, and passed a resolution and two bills into law Tuesday night.

University of Florida administration did an "excellent" job in keeping UF students safe during the so-called "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" Saturday afternoon, according to the resolution passed Tuesday night.

"(Administrators) said that if 30,000 students go to Jacksonville, then 30,000 will return," said Jason Lutin, Student Senate lobby coordinator. "And that's what happened with the last game in Jacksonville on Saturday."

The "safety zone" in Jacksonville was crowded with UF administrators and graduate students who provided anyone with medical assistance, directions or water after the game.

"I think we all owe them a big thank you," Lutin said.

Though the bill passed, one senator spoke in admonition of the blatant underage drinking at the game.

"Something that concerns me is that we have students highly intoxicated in those areas," said Sen. Cecilia Amador, who called their behavior "stupid and irresponsible."

In other business, UF clubs and organizations that request travel money are now specifically required to follow UF code, according to a bill passed into law Tuesday night.

Until now, the bill had only emphasized that clubs and organizations were required to receive prior approval of the student body treasurer and Student Senate law, said Sen. Robert Agrusa, the bill's sponsor.

In another part of the bill, the Student Senate voted to make the Tower Yearbook editor a paid position.

The second bill passed into law allowed the Senate to transfer $100,000 from reserve funds into the Student Government Operations fund. Student Senate recently switched accounting practices and settled a deal that allowed the Reitz Union to consolidate its common expense funds into one reserve fund. The result of the deal saved the Reitz Union about $12,000 since it only had to pay one flat fee, said Budget and Appropriations Chairwoman Tanaz Vaghaiwalla.

"Our whole process is going to run a lot smoother," she said.

In the middle of business, Student Body President John Boyles barged into the room dressed in full Army camouflage, as a Halloween prank, with a discourse on Senate corruption.

"I will not answer questions," he concluded. "I do not answer to anyone."

The last issue student senators voted on, unofficially, was for best senator costume. The four finalists were a banana, a male senator dressed as a Hooters waitress, two senators dressed as the Beatty Towers and a murder victim.

Sen. Luis Delgado, dressed as the Hooters waitress, won the contest to a round of applause, cheers and catcalls.

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