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Birthday e-mail resolution passes

The battle over a cautionary 21st birthday e-mail raged on at last night’s Undergraduate Student Government general assembly meeting.

Even after receiving negative feedback from students concerning the e-mail, USG continued to spend time debating over the wording of the document.

The e-mail previously stated ‘it is almost assumed that when you turn 21, you will go out and get drunk, but we also realize that is not always the case.’

However, it was changed to read ‘we encourage you to embrace your new freedoms and responsibilities.’

Also, the resolution which originally stated that the e-mail intended to increase awareness of the effects of drinking, was changed to read that USG would find a way to ‘provide safety information to students prior to their 21st birthday.’

And though the e-mail resolution was passed by a majority of senators, many still continued to question the effect of such small changes.

‘I was not comfortable voting during tonight’s meeting,’ said Senator Leo Almeida after the meeting. ‘With all the changes made to the resolution, I’m not sure it represents my constituents any longer.’

During the meeting, Almeida hoped that the resolution would be tabled, which would allow senators more time for discussion and the opportunity to send the resolution back to the authors.

However, the resolution, complete with changes, passed after nearly a half-hour of discussion. As a result, e-mails will begin today.

‘I think we worked hard on improving all the problems that arose with this,’ Senator Liesl Dye said. ‘We listened to what everyone had to say and I’m happy with how it stands now.’

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