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Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG)

Minutes for Friday, November 14, 2008, 1849 Meeting Room


Present:  K. Barone (Chair), R. Bachoo, N. Bryant, A. Estrom, K. Fournier, G. Gigliotti, M. Haynes, J. Higgins,  K. Kreho, D. Lynch, O. Mamed, S. Martinez, D. Sauerbrunn, R. Sauerbrunn

Absent:  C. DeLauretis, M. Dwyer, R. Ensling, S. Hazan, N. Inzero, P. Prescott, A. Santana, L. Tordenti, C. Zohlman

Guests:  J. Kassay, K. Poirier, R. Taylor, S. Rine

Mr. Barone called the meeting to order at 2:07 PM.  He welcomed all and asked that the minutes from the previous meeting be approved.

MOTION (K. Fournier / D. Sauerbrunn)                                                          SUBOG 2009-??

To approve the minutes of the October 24, 2008, meeting as attached.

Motion Passed:   13-Yes        0-No                0-Abstained

CAN Report
The CAN monthly report of activities produced by this subcommittee of the SUBOG was presented by K. Kreho.  See attached.

Mosaic Committee
Mr. Martinez had no report.

House Committee
A. Estrom, House Committee Chair reported on the proposed process for space evaluations for the future. 
Space Evaluations for the Student Center club offices will take place on a triennial basis.  Annual Review will collect usage information, trends and make recommendations in preparation of each of these reviews.  See report attached.  An update on the progress of the GLBTQ Center was given, and there was some brief discussion about how the SUBOG or University should go about naming the center when it is completed.

Student Services Committee Report
Ms. Fournier reported on promotional item purchases and that she is working on a SUBOG Logo with the Design Office.  The October Commuter Coffee went very well.  She reported on the results of the survey to students on how they find out about clubs and organizations.  This info will be used to improve how we share this in the future.  The next Commuter Coffee is Dec 3, 2008.  See report attached.

Budget Committee Report
No report/

 Old Business
Chair Barone reported that he is working on a 12/11 Living Room Lecture, but it was not in place yet.  Three lectures are planned for the Spring 09 semester, including the annual Cambridge Debate.
Barone also requested from members of the board that they, along with their respective committees review the current SUBOG Constitution to look for minor revisions.  He also requested that major changes such as giving MOSAIC Committee permanent representation on the Board be considered.  Barone also requested that folks be aware that they were appointed or elected through their respective organizations, and that their attendance at SUBOG Meetings is critical to the board function.

New Business
A request was received from PRIDE to support the assignment of gender neutral restrooms for a day.  The board discussed this at length, and the result was that there was not enough time to prepare (educate) the public about this program in a way that the experience would be positive for the general community. 

MOTION (A. Estrom/D. Sauerbrunn)                                                              SUBOG 2009-??

SUBOG cannot support this late request for gender neutral restrooms on 11/17. Motion is without prejudice.

Motion Passed:  14-Yes         0-No                0-Abstained

SGA President Estrom shared a plan for increasing Student Activity fees and inquired if SUBOG wished for an increase in the fee they currently receive as part of this plan.  General consensus was that there was no support for this at this time.

A late request to purchase Chair Barone a new gavel for use at SUBOG meetings was proposed.

MOTION (A. Estrom/K. Fournier)                                                                    SUBOG 2009-??

To approve the allocation of funds for a new gavel for the Board Chair.

Motion Passed:   5-Yes          4-No                3-Abstained

WFCS Director of Diversity Paul Blaha presented a letter to the Board indicating their opinion that the reallocation of space was not handled well by the board. (See attached.)  Barone indicated that the process provided opportunity for feedback to the board at several times. No club took that opportunity to provide feedback, and the Board has made its decision which will stand for now.


The meeting was adjourned at 3:40 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Wayne Otis Mamed for Scott Hazan
Executive Secretary, SUBOG 2008-2009

Executive Secretary, SUBOG 2008-2009