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USG passes Alert BG opt-out, club meeting procedure changes proposed

Patrick Nelson, director of the Union, outlined proposed changes for how to reserve Union rooms starting next fall at Monday night’s Undergraduate Student Government meeting.

USG also voted unanimously to pass an endorsement of the Alert BG opt-out initiative.

The Union changes allow more student organizations to schedule meetings, Nelson said.

This includes altered hours to when rooms can be reserved and limited times an organization can reserve rooms.

Organizations will be able to schedule meetings as early as 7 a.m. but only until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday night.

“If we’re waiting to get in that room, we’re going to ask you to conclude your meeting,” Nelson said.

The group would still be able to move the meeting to a place in the Union open until 2 a.m., he said.

Student organizations will also only be able to schedule one weekly meeting for up to two hours in length between 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. However, Nelson said students can submit special exemptions for their groups in writing.

USG President Alex Solis expressed concerns with the plans for the Union.

“You see a policy that wasn’t brought before the students,” Solis said. “This is our home.”

Solis expressed concern with the “strict” two hour cap. He also pointed out that Nelson didn’t consult enrollment management to see how this would effect retention.

“If you’re not worried about retention, then what’re you doing?” he said.

Nelson, however, defended the proposed policy changes.

“Our goal and our one goal is to give as many student organizations an opportunity to use the facility and to make sure they’re accountable for their hours,” he said.

Speaker Melissa Dzienny said USG will want to take a quick stance on this issue.

“With this, we have to decide what is best for the student body,” she said.

Solis said he plans to bring a resolution against the plan at the next meeting, which will be Feb. 18.

While USG passed the Alert BG opt-out initiative, with 18 votes for and none against, it took pressure from Solis and other senators to have enough members present at the meeting to be able to vote.

Initially USG underwent quorum, which means they were short of the majority members present required to vote on legislation. Four additional members were called in to the meeting before their votes could be cast.

USG also passed legislation setting up four sessions going over the election rules, procedures and guidelines. These sessions are for USG members interested in running for president for next year.

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