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Thursday, September 8, 2011

SR-4003-D


Rogers State University

Student Government Association Fall 2011



Senate Resolution No. 4003                                                               By: Sen. Christine Delany



AS INTRODUCED



A RESOLUTION DECLARING that signage be created, put in place permanently, and maintained by Rogers State University, warning drivers of the sharp curve located at the university’s east entrance, and its potential to cause a crash when taken at speeds higher than ten (10) miles per hour.



WHEREAS many crashes have taken place at the east entrance causing injuries to students and others



WHEREAS driving conditions such as ice, snow and rain potentiate the risk of a crash



WHEREAS the turning radius required to make the turn safely is relatively small compared to those parallel to it



WHEREAS the Rogers State University Student Government Association and its members care very deeply about the safety and livelihood of all of our students, faculty, employees and guests



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION STUDENT SENATE:



THAT Rogers State University will place a brightly colored sign at the east entrance of our campus, in view of drivers on Will Rogers Boulevard that warns them of the hazardous turning radius, sets an appropriate speed limit for safely completing said turn, contains the Student Government official symbol to let the campus know we are working hard for them, and delegates its maintenance to appropriate employee(s) which is to include; keeping it visible at all times, replacing it when it is weathered, defaced, and (or) damaged for the remainder of the time the turn remains at its current radius.

SB-4000-D

Rogers State University
Student Government Association Spring Fall 2011
Senate Bill No. 4000 By: Sen. Christine Delany
 AS INTRODUCED

 An act relating to the comfortable and inviting appearance of the document formally named “The Rogers State University Student Government Statutes and Bylaws”.


BE IT ENACTED BY THE ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION:

 Section 1. This act shall be known as the “Good First Impressions Act of 2011”

 Section 2. AMENDATORY Statutes and Bylaws, Title One, Chapter One, and Chapter Two is amended to read as follows:

 TITLE ONE: GENERAL
Chapter One: Impeachment and Removal of RSU S.G.A. Elected Officials

SECTION 1: For the purposes of clarity and full understanding, the following definitions shall apply as relates to the process of impeachment and removal from office:

A. Impeachment: An impeachment is the prosecution, by the RSU S.G.A. before the elected Judicial Review Board of S.G.A, of any member of the Executive Committee, Student Senate, elected RSU S.G.A. official, or student club/organization as defined in Title 6 of the RSU S.G.A. Statutes and Bylaws, for willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, gross misconduct, dereliction of duty, or incompetence.

B. Articles of Impeachment: The Articles of Impeachment are the written accusation against the defendant(s), approved and adopted by the full RSU S.G.A.

C. Judicial Review Board: A group of five (5) individuals elected by the student body of Rogers State University to preside over impeachment hearings, review questions of constitutionality, conduct student trials, and submit official opinions and rulings.


 SECTION 2: Articles of Impeachment must originate in the RSU S.G.A. Senate and must state with reasonable certainty the offense in which the Officer, Senator, or student club/organization is up for impeachment, and if there be more than one offense brought against the said Officer, Senator, or student club/organization, they shall be stated separately and distinctly.

SECTION 3: Upon the adoption of the Articles of Impeachment, the Judicial Review Board shall be vested with the responsibility of convening to review the Articles of Impeachment. The Judicial Review Board shall conduct a formal hearing in which the author of the Articles of Impeachment shall serve as prosecutor.


SECTION 4: The Judicial Review Board shall elect a Chairman from within its membership.


D. The Chairman of the Judicial Review Board of S.G.A. shall appoint a Marshall and Deputy Marshall from the members of the Board. The Marshall and Deputy Marshall shall be empowered to serve all process, writs, and subpoenas issued by the Judicial Review Board, on behalf of the Prosecution in a trial of Impeachment.

E. The Chairman of the Judicial Review Board shall also appoint a Clerk from the members of the Board. The Clerk shall be responsible for taking and keeping accurate records and minutes, compiling the records and procedures of Impeachment into a Trial Journal, and recording the issuance of all summons, writs, and process.

 SECTION 5: The Judicial Review Board of S.G.A. shall be responsible for presenting the Articles of Impeachment to the Executive Committee within seven (7) days of their adoption in the organization.

SECTION 6: Every member of the Judicial Review Board of S.G.A. shall be required to attend every part of a trial adhering to Impeachment Procedures.


SECTION 7: The Judicial Review Board of S.G.A. shall meet no less than once every month during the academic year in order to review RSU S.G.A. business and minutes for the purposes of establishing validity and assuring constitutionality.


SECTION 8: The Judicial Review Board of S.G.A. shall conduct business according to the most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.


SECTION 9: When the Judicial Review Board of S.G.A has concluded its case in Impeachment Procedures and the Board has exhausted all debate upon the case, the Board shall then move immediately into a separate roll call vote on each charge brought forth in the Articles of Impeachment.

F. All Board Members present and voting shall cast a vote of either "yea" for concurrence with the charge or "nay" for dissent of the charge


G. Upon the tally of the roll call, the Chairman of the Judicial Review Board shall determine the verdict.

H. Any charge not receiving the majority shall be dismissed as a not-guilty verdict. The punishment for any guilty verdict shall be removal from office.



SECTION 10: Upon completion of the voting, the Chairman of the Judicial Review Board of S.G.A. shall certify the results and affix his or her signature to the document. The certificate of results shall be included into the Trial Journal and it, along with any opinions, shall be delivered to and filed with the RSU S.G.A. Secretary, by the Clerk, immediately upon adjournment of the trial.



SECTION 11:If an office within the JRB is vacant for reason of resignation or incapacitation the President of the SGA shall have the authority to nominate a candidate to fill the position for the allotted term upon confirmation from the Senate –Added by SB3008 passed 2/18/11


Chapter One: Appropriations



 SECTION 1: The Executive offices of the RSU S.G.A. shall be appropriated at the beginning of each academic year ten percent (10%) of the gross S.G.A. annual budget. Any and all proposals regarding RSU S.G.A. Executive officers and/or their offices for less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) shall require a simple majority vote of the Executive Committee for passage. Any and all proposals regarding RSU S.G.A. Executive officers and/or their offices for greater than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) of the monies appropriated to the Executive Committee shall require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of approval from the Executive Committee for passage.



SECTION 2: Qualifying organizations within the RSU S.G.A. shall be appropriated evenly at the beginning of the academic year twenty percent (20%) of the gross S.G.A. annual budget.


A. Qualifying organizations shall be defined as:

i. Those not in unfavorable standing as defined in Title 6 Section 6 of the RSU S.G.A. Statutes and Bylaws.

 ii. Organizations which sponsor at least one on-campus event each semester.

 iii. Organizations which participate in at least one successful fundraising event each semester.


B. New organizations shall be appropriated one hundred dollars ($100) from the remaining S.G.A. annual budget in good faith until the next appropriation of S.G.A. funds, provided they are in good standing.


C. If an organization is found to be in unfavorable standing, their appropriated funds will be frozen until they are in good standing. If they continue to be in unfavorable standing at the end of the current semester their appropriated funds shall be returned to the discretionary budget of the S.G.A.

 Chapter Two: Impeachment and Removal of RSU S.G.A. Elected Officials

SECTION 1: For the purposes of clarity and full understanding, the following definitions shall apply as relates to the process of impeachment and removal from office:

A. Impeachment: An impeachment is the prosecution, by the RSU S.G.A. before the elected Judicial Review Board of S.G.A, of any member of the Executive Committee, Student Senate, elected RSU S.G.A. official, or student club/organization as defined in Title 6 of the RSU S.G.A. Statutes and Bylaws, for willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, gross misconduct, dereliction of duty, or incompetence.

B. Articles of Impeachment: The Articles of Impeachment are the written accusation against the defendant(s), approved and adopted by the full RSU S.G.A.

C. Judicial Review Board: A group of five (5) individuals elected by the student body of Rogers State University to preside over impeachment hearings, review questions of constitutionality, conduct student trials, and submit official opinions and rulings.


SECTION 2: Articles of Impeachment must originate in the RSU S.G.A. Senate and must state with reasonable certainty the offense in which the Officer, Senator, or student club/organization is up for impeachment, and if there be more than one offense brought against the said Officer, Senator, or student club/organization, they shall be stated separately and distinctly.


SECTION 3: Upon the adoption of the Articles of Impeachment, the Judicial Review Board shall be vested with the responsibility of convening to review the Articles of Impeachment. The Judicial Review Board shall conduct a formal hearing in which the author of the Articles of Impeachment shall serve as prosecutor.

SECTION 4: The Judicial Review Board shall elect a Chairman from within its membership.

D. The Chairman of the Judicial Review Board of S.G.A. shall appoint a Marshall and Deputy Marshall from the members of the Board. The Marshall and Deputy Marshall shall be empowered to serve all process, writs, and subpoenas issued by the Judicial Review Board, on behalf of the Prosecution in a trial of Impeachment.

E. The Chairman of the Judicial Review Board shall also appoint a Clerk from the members of the Board. The Clerk shall be responsible for taking and keeping accurate records and minutes, compiling the records and procedures of Impeachment into a Trial Journal, and recording the issuance of all summons, writs, and process.


 SECTION 5: The Judicial Review Board of S.G.A. shall be responsible for presenting the Articles of Impeachment to the Executive Committee within seven (7) days of their adoption in the organization.

SECTION 6: Every member of the Judicial Review Board of S.G.A. shall be required to attend every part of a trial adhering to Impeachment Procedures.


SECTION 7: The Judicial Review Board of S.G.A. shall meet no less than once every month during the academic year in order to review RSU S.G.A. business and minutes for the purposes of establishing validity and assuring constitutionality.


SECTION 8: The Judicial Review Board of S.G.A. shall conduct business according to the most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.


SECTION 9: When the Judicial Review Board of S.G.A has concluded its case in Impeachment Procedures and the Board has exhausted all debate upon the case, the Board shall then move immediately into a separate roll call vote on each charge brought forth in the Articles of Impeachment.

F. All Board Members present and voting shall cast a vote of either "yea" for concurrence with the charge or "nay" for dissent of the charge

G. Upon the tally of the roll call, the Chairman of the Judicial Review Board shall determine the verdict.

H. Any charge not receiving the majority shall be dismissed as a not-guilty verdict. The punishment for any guilty verdict shall be removal from office.


SECTION 10: Upon completion of the voting, the Chairman of the Judicial Review Board of S.G.A. shall certify the results and affix his or her signature to the document. The certificate of results shall be included into the Trial Journal and it, along with any opinions, shall be delivered to and filed with the RSU S.G.A. Secretary, by the Clerk, immediately upon adjournment of the trial.


SECTION 11:If an office within the JRB is vacant for reason of resignation or incapacitation  

 the President of the SGA shall have the authority to nominate a candidate to fill the position 

 for the allotted term upon confirmation from the Senate –Added by SB3008 passed 2/18/11

 Section 3. This act shall become effective fifteen (30) days after its passage and approval.


Rickey Paul Ward
SGA President 2011




Approved                                                                         Denied




X____________________________ X____________________________

                                               Date                                                       Date

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Official Opinion of The Parliamentarian on Grabowski's Religion

Frank Grabowski is a philosophy teacher at RSU. He is known for many things. Being smart and trying to conceal his religion to name a few. After being in his class now though for quite a few weeks and confronting him a few times on why he feels it neccesary to conceal his religion, I have gathered enough intel to make an official ruling. Before I do though, I feel as though I need to make my case as to why you should believe me.

I first confronted Grabowski on his religion during a class. I told him that I was paid to find out what religion he was (which was untrue, if I found out, I would have been paid). He mentioned that he cannot tell us it would obscure our learning process and he needed to remain impartial to it during the class. After the class, he just said something about he needs to not let the class know his opinions or belief structures because it doesn't provide a conductive learning environment. In a nut shell, "what kind of teacher would I be if I told you".

Since then, I have found that statement to be a lie. I have written in my notes every single time he has given us his own biased opinion on subject material. I have listed a few examples below.

1.) "I find it hard to believe in self-causation". This was in reference to my suggestion that the planet created itself

2.) "I consider myself a virtue theorist" When discussing the sophists.

3.) August 18th: "Technology is changing. I find myself pretty disgusted with certain things in the world"

Knowing he is lieing about not wanting to show bias in his class, we can assume he has another reason for obscuring his religion. Using deductive reasoning, I have outlined a few possible scenarios on why this might be....

1.) Out of tradition, to keep it a secret.
2.) He may have a religion that is mocked and doesn't feel like it's an effective use of class time to discuss his own beliefs.
3.) He may feel like this is truly a situation of church and state and prefer plead the fifth.
4.) He doesn't have a religion

Then from this we can move to religion specific reasons. For instance if he is a certain religion, maybe classmates might respond to him differently based on his religion (viewpoint discrimination of the mind so to speak).

After I found out the first lie, I took a different method of investigating my answer. I started bringing up religion more in class. I started assimilating certain concepts he was discussing in the class to the concept of religion. Below are a few examples.

Chris: So if you won't disclose your religion, do you believe that socrates existed?
Grabowski: Yes, wholeheartedly

September 1st, 2011
In a discussion of "Platos Forms"
Grabowski read this off a powerpoint slide.
Forms are uncreated and indestructible; immovable; unchangeable; eternal (timeless); intelligible, not perceptible; incorporeal (non-physical); and unqualifiedly what their instances are only with qualification: the Form of Beauty is beautiful, the Form of Justice is just, and so on

I asked the question, "So can the forms equate to religion?"
To which he replied, well, I'm sure they can in some aspects but not for this discussion in paticular. But i'm sure if you replace the word forms in that quotation, and replace it with God, it might fit."
Then he proceeded to point the similarities to the class in a non-biased manner.

Forms are God is uncreated and indestructible; immovable; unchangeable; eternal (timeless); intelligible, not perceptible; incorporeal (non-physical); and unqualifiedly what their instances are only with qualification: the Form of Beauty is beautiful, the Form of Justice is just, and so on

My Ruling
Grabowski does not have an official Religion. A religion is a mental commitment to a set of values that stem from the belief of a diety. Grabowski cannot commit himself to a truth. He can only question it to death (a hard core hair splitter). He does not inform the class of his religion because if he told them he was an agnostic (which he is not because you would have to believe in agnosticism first), then students would start questioning their own religion. If he was responsible for the students in the classes he has taught the past 6 years in reconsidering their religion, and religion was true and possible, he might cause those students who chose to reconsider and became athiests an eternity of hell, fire and damnation. Sure, it's a small amount, but I'm sure even one would matter to him. Grabowski is an ass. But I admire his concern for his students. Bravo Grabowski, Bravo.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

This summer sure is dragging on..

Man, these past few weeks out of school have been crazy! Zoey's going to to have surgery! So much to do this summer with school. I just don't know where to start. Hopefully I can get things figured out with the EC meeting coming up..I hope.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

So...About this senator thing..

Man, I am so confused. And it doesn't seem like anyone can help me until monday. Man, I wish I had a copy of those SGA policies and procedures...