Student Government Holds Third Meeting

by TAYLOR BRETHAUER, Editor-in-Chief

The Cooper administration had plans to keep the biweekly assembly meeting short on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at noon in Kelly 4B, in order for the assembly to attend the lecture series event held by Student Engagement, happening on the fifth floor of the Kelly Commons. There were minimal announcements from the executive board, but still some important information for students to know nonetheless.

Student Court Appointments

The first point of business was to appoint the new members of the student court. The student court is a branch of student government that oversees judiciary decisions for students, such as resolving parking tickets.

Due to the assembly not reaching quorum, Jaycie Cooper, student body president, announced they would be voting by acclamation.

The current chief justice, Anthony DePinho, explained the new positions fulfilled.

“This year in student court we brought on a few new members to fill positions. We brought on three associate justices and one sergeant-at-arms,” said DePinho.

The new members are junior John Balsamo, junior Kaylyn Atkins, freshman Liola Moody and sophomore Bryan Alfaro.

After a vote by acclamation, each new member was appointed to their respective positions.

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The Cooper Administration held a brief assembly meeting to cover committee updates and their next fundraiser for victims of the recent hurricanes hitting the south. All proceeds from their “Smorgasburg” event on the quad will go towards the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Wilmington, N.C.

Committee Updates


Each committee had minimal announcements this week.

For the Club Oversight Committee (COC), Haley Nightingale, vice president for club administration, took attendance of club representatives in attendance. Each club must attend one assembly meeting per semester. She also announced that updates to the 25Live room reserving system will be sent out to clubs in the coming weeks, after she has received many questions about the site’s utilities.

For the Social Life Committee (SLC), vice president for social life Casey Monroe announced the next meeting will be Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. in the student government office.

Vice president of residential affairs, Isabel Quinones, thanked those who attended the dorm consultations the previous week.

Finally, vice president of academic affairs, Kerry Cavanaugh, spoke about the recent Educational Affairs Committee (EAC).

“The academic integrity policy is still under review. There is still a lot of wordage and how we’re going to put out that document to have no vagueness,” said Cavanaugh.

As of right now, the school utilizes a points system but the EAC wants to make sure there are no loopholes or confusion before updating that system.

She also spoke about the grade replacement policy, which allows students to go back and take a course they previously did not do well in (C or below) and retake it for a higher grade.

“Engineering professors are saying that ‘yes, you can get through with that C grade that is your pre-req to take your courses’ but if seniors go back and take that class, they are more than likely going to get an A if they’re retaking a sophomore level class during their senior year. That’s a little problematic. There is also talk about students who cannot afford to retake a $3,000 course,” said Cavanaugh.

Jasper Relief Fundraiser for Hurricane Victims

The last point of business is an upcoming fundraiser for victims of the recent hurricanes during the last few months. Student government is hosting a “Smorgasburg” on the quad event, with proceeds going to the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Wilmington, N.C.

Smorgasburg is a popular food festival held in Brooklyn, N.Y.

A minimum $5 donation gives students five food tickets to use at the event. There will be multiple stations set up on the quad with various foods coming from Gourmet Dining. The food will include sausage and peppers, fried oreos, ice cream, mac and cheese, french fries and veggie kabobs.

“I would love to do another station of food just from the community, but that’s really going to depend on the help [from the assembly] and having [the assembly] reach out to see what can be donated […] We are also going to be reaching out to all clubs on campus, all entities on campus to see if they can volunteer their time as well,” said Cooper.

Before the confirmation of the minutes, Cooper also welcomed the newly-elected freshman class vice presidents, Kevin Rojas and Sydney Collins.

The meeting was then adjourned after 15 minutes at 12:15 p.m. The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 17 at noon in Kelly 4B.