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Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG)

Minutes for Friday, November 30, 2007, 1849 Meeting Room

Present:  K. Barone (Chair), C. Bombria, E. LaCombe, C. Zohlman, K. Kreho, J. Ceja, K. Fournier,

D. Lynch, S. Martinez, J. Lalanne, C. DeLauretis, E.  Tuttle, D. Macchiaroli, S. Hazan, R. Bachoo,

J. DiPlacido, G. Gigliotti, M. Garofalo

Absent:  A. Spitko, I. Ceballos, M. Dwyer, S. Horrax, J. Higgins, M. Toston, O. Mamed, R. Bachoo

Guests:  B. McGee, J. Long, D. McGraw, T. Moffo-Simpson, C. Brantley


Mr. Barone called the meeting to order at 2:04pm.  He welcomed all and asked that the minutes from the previous meeting be approved. 

MOTION:  (J. LaLanne/C. DeLauretis)                                         SUBOG 2008-15

            To approve the minutes of the October 26, 2007 meeting.

            Motion Passed:           17-Yes             0-No                0-Abstained



Ms. Bombria presented the monthly report of activities for CAN which included the NACA Convention and an open “mic” night.  Additionally, a performance by ventriloquist, Willie Brown and two opening bands for the Pie Boys Flat Concert were held.  Surveying of students took place in the cafeteria and Student Center lobby for Spring Week Concerts/Comedian suggestions.  Films shown during the month included “Harry Potter”, “Hairspray” and Rescue Dawn.   Also noted were upcoming events of a NYC trip to Cirque Du Soleil, Comedian Eric O’Shea, a showing of the film “Superbad” and The Invasion.


The Mosaic Report, given by Mr. Martinez, included discussing Cultural Night at Devil’s Den 10pm, collaborating with CAN on the Cirque Du Soleil trip, and offering additional assistance at DD10pm at the end of February with more entertainment than crafts.


Mr. Tuttle read the House Report from Tuesday’s meeting and thanked everyone for attending.  He discussed the requests made by various clubs and organizations (i.e., Veterans Appreciation Organization, sororities, LGBT, 1 in 10) for obtaining additional club space and what space the House Committee could evaluate.    Space that will be evaluated includes that of The Recorder, WFCS, Club Shop, Mosaic Center, SGA, BSU and PRIDE.     Prior to informing clubs about the space evaluation, it will entail devising proper criteria and will also examine other similar Student Centers.  This process is not targeting any specific group.  It will also encourage clubs to join space together to better utilize what is available.

Mr. Tuttle read a drafted statement titled “Ideal Atmosphere” for the SUBOG constitution aloud.  He stated:  “The Student Center is the “Living Room of the Campus”; where the community will experience the level of comfort and acceptance as in their own homes.  It is expected that those who utilize our services will not only treat the building with respect but the occupants as well.  The safety of those within this Living Room is of utmost importance without discrimination, and we believe that a positive environment is essential in creating a sense of community of which we all wish to be a part.”

Mr. Barone suggested that the group review where the statement can fit into the constitution and then a discussion on voting on its acceptance can take place. 

Door decorating is taking place and the wreaths have been hung.  SUBOG has been designated to decorate the door to the 1849 Room.

Ashley Brown, Kwanzaa Ball Chairperson, submitted a request on behalf of the Black Student Union which was read by Mr. Barone.  They are requesting that (as in previous years) the building be kept open late (until 2:00am) for the Kwanzaa Ball. 

MOTION:  (J. LaLanne/C. DeLauretis)                                         SUBOG 2008-16

            To approve the request to keep the Center open for extended hours for the Ball.

            Motion Passed:           17-Yes             0-No                0-Abstained


Student Services Committee

The next Commuter Coffee morning will be held on December 11, 2007 from 8:00-12:00 noon.

Promotional items including mugs, key chains, etc. have been ordered.

The Readership Program was not able to obtain information from the Hartford Courant.  It is still being reviewed.

Budget Committee Report

There were no budget requests.

Old Business

No discussion was held.

New Business

SUBOG contributed $10000 for the Living Room Lecture Series.  Ms. Sweeney is working to move the series forward.  She made the reservations for next year.  Applications for topics will be sent out to faculty.  The idea is to coordinate with the academics to get them working with us to make the lectures happen! 

Mr. Barone described the Living Lecture series and talked about upcoming events.  The first event is “When Gays Move into the Neighborhood” supported by Gender Studies Program is to take place in February 2008.   Additional events include Todd Brewster or possibly Ned Lamont on Civil Liberties, security, Cambridge Debates in April, and the First Amendment luncheon tentatively scheduled for May 1, 2008.

Mr. Hazan discussed the status of the SALD search.

Ms. Garofalo reported on ACUI and the students who attended.  Many of our Alumni received awards.  Corey Zohlman was recognized for winning an ACUI award.  The ACUI Flying Pigs won an award as

Mr. Ceja announced that he was resigning from his position as SUBOG Representative as he is transferring to another institution at the end of the semester. 

Mr. Tuttle announced the UMass Amherst bus was leaving on Sunday at 10:00am for the soccer team’s game.  There will be a $5.00 charge for guests.


Mr. LaLanne made a motion to adjourn.  There were no objections.  The meeting adjourned at 2:45pm. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Scott Hazan, Director Student Activities/Leadership Development

on behalf of:

Wayne Otis Mamed
Executive Secretary, SUBOG 2007-2008