Student government plans to end 2 party system and schedule big social events  

(A similar article I wrote for the Kingsman Newspaper out now on campus with newsstands in most lobbies)

On Tuesday February 9th, 2016 at 12:15 pm CLAS student government had a meeting in the Bedford Room in the Student Center. They waited for a while to get a quorum (50%) of assembly members. It never materialized as they were one short so they had a meeting but they could not vote on items. Due to the Friday holiday Tuesday was a Friday schedule which hurt the attendance.

Speaker Jake Levin ran the meeting. A new member was sworn in. A member left preventing quorum if one came. The SUNY 2020 law is set to expire this spring. If Gov. Cuomo doesn’t allocate enough State funding to go to Higher Education, he will pass another set of these so-called “rational tuition hikes” resulting in students’ tuition increasing again every year for the next 5 years. New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) announced it was having a bus on Higher Education Action Day on February 25 to go to Albany to lobby for students issues.  Students have to sign up for the free group bus by February 18 at 0302 James Hall, (718) 859-7177,, or by attending the Student Action Meeting this Thursday, February 18 at 12:30 pm in the Student Center, in Alumni Room on the 4th floor.

Also discussed were plans for a spring formal which is like a senior prom. There were 3 options: holding it at the college which is more central and saves money but less atmosphere, at Gargiulo’s Restaurant in Coney Island or in a Manhattan club with a DJ. It was questioned if up to a total of 500 students and their guests would attend and pay $20 a ticket. They might offer early bird discounts as an incentive. The whole event might cost student government 10K. Overages were considered and reserve and joint accounts. Also a Cultural Festival was in the planning stage. On April 21st the day before spring break there were plans to have a carnival and after that a Movie on the Quad.

After the student government April elections it was proposed that the 2 political parties would dissolve (PHD, USL). There would be new rules of assembly and no party status.  One semester, clubs’ budgets were frozen as student government could never agree and often a party walked out of the meeting preventing a vote. In a semester a few years back security had to be called with both parties in hot arguments. A one party system could mean a dictatorship but our US Congress with a loyal party voting and not working with the other side has led to the government shut down and a lack of bills passed. A CLAS delegate said members would not be stuck to a party platform they do not fully agree with and make it easier to unite to get bills passed and progress. CLAS Student government site


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