SA lacks quorum for first meeting

By Maureen Morrissey and Dana Netzel

The Student Association senate lost quorum during the first official meeting of the semester.

A quorum, or presence of 23 senators, was not met until 30 minutes after the meeting was scheduled to begin and was lost 90 minutes after roll call, after several senators left. However, discussion continued.

SA Vice President Steve Coloia said senators need to be “a little more professional and a little more mature,” in reference to their behavior.

Coloia said the meetings “are running too long and there is way to much babbling.”

In other SA business, executive board members defended their $4,000 allocation and allowance to charge admission to Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan’s lecture.

Although the SA Supreme Court ruled that allowing the Black Student Union to charge admission without senate approval as unconstitutional, Coloia and SA President Huda Scheidelman both said they did what they believed was right.

“I would make the same exact decision again,” Coloia said. Scheidelman said she would follow the Supreme Court’s decision, but she still believes the executive board acted within their powers. “We did what we were elected to do,” she said.

The condition of the SA Art Collection was brought before the senate by Collection Curator Marie Castro. She said 20 collection pieces are still missing since the last report in December.

Community Affairs Adviser Brian Subatich said he will have a full report on the collection at the next SA meeting. Subatich also said he will decide if the collection should be kept under Campus Activities Board’s supervision.

Seventeen senate seats and two advisory positions remain open. Senate elections will continue Feb. 1 to fill the seats. Newly elected senators will be sworn in at the Feb. 4 senate meeting.

Scheidelman also will bring her recommendations for public relations and minority relations advisers at the Feb. 4 meeting.

Scheidelman introduced Tracy Havener as her choice for public relations adviser at Sunday’s meeting. Although Havener already began work as adviser, she will not be recognized until two-thirds of the senate approve Scheidelman’s recommendation.

Scheidelman did not suggest anyone for the minority relations adviser position at Sunday’s meeting, but said she “will be conducting interviews until the end of the week and hopes to have a recommendation at the next senate meeting.”