SG approves changes to governing documents for review

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Student Government approved governing document changes for review by an SG committee Tuesday. 

Sergio Cavazos, College of Liberal Arts representative, announced SG’s completion of the governing documents’ revisions. Cavazos said there were not substantial changes made, but noted title changes of officials and committees in the document and minor contradictions and grammatical errors between documents. 

“Previously, we had two different sets of governing doctrines,” Cavazos said. “We had our bylaws and our internal rules and procedures. The problem with these documents is they were amended and revised over several years at different times. So people may have changed them in one document but not in the other document.”

Braydon Jones, speaker of the assembly, said the document will be reviewed by the Rules and Regulations Committee for at least three weeks.

Cavazos also said the handling of interview notes will be done separately from the revising of the governing document. Cavazos said the rule requiring the release of interview notes for internal and external positions will remain in the governing document unless proposed as a bill at a later date. In August, the Office of Legal Affairs determined releasing the notes would violate federal studen privacy laws.

“We decided the best approach to take was leave that in the code for now, and, if anyone feels it necessary to amend it, it will be its own bill,” Cavazos said.

At the meeting, president Kori Rady submitted a proposal for student tailgating to the SG assembly. Rady said he has been working with other students, including members of Students for Texas Athletics, to look into issues such as funding, parking and locations.

Rady said he would like to see a trial version of the tailgate this season. The proposal was sent to the Student Affairs Committee for review.

“Promoting a student tailgate would also encourage fans to show up earlier to games to show their support and also take part in some of the University of Texas traditions,” Rady said.

Mayor Lee Leffingwell attended the meeting and discussed transportation issues in Austin, including Proposition 1 — a $600 million bond proposal for an urban rail line that will appear on the November ballot. The proposotion also includes $400 million in road improvements.

“[We’ve] got to be on the same team. We all want to know about transportation options,” Leffingwell said. “Now that the decision has been made, if we don’t get it done in November, I think it’s over.”

If approved, the proposed urban rail would make three stops on the east side of campus.

Ruben Cardenas, Moody College of Communication representative, led the proposal to extend the hours at the Belo Center for New Media from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

“This is an initiative that would not only benefit communication students but also other students at the University, like those who live in the area — Duren, Kinsolving, the Honors Quad and even West Campus.”

Cardenas and his peers have met with facilities representatives and are working out the expenses and details of the plan. This proposal was also sent to the Student Affairs Committee for review.