Senate passes resolutions, grants probationary status to two clubs, discusses amendment to bylaws
The Student Union Senate passed two Senate Money Resolutions, gave probationary status to two new clubs, and discussed an amendment to the Union’s bylaws at its Nov. 12 meeting.
Sen. Yoni Kahn ’24 presented an SMR to the Senate regarding the acquisition of supplies for the Union’s table at Brandeis’ “I Am Global Week.” According to the University’s website, I Am Global Week’s purpose is to “showcase our global community.” Kahn said that the money would primarily go towards getting international snacks to hand out to students. The Senate approved the SMR by acclamation.
Sen. Chloe Doonan ’26 presented an SMR relating to the Union’s table for Kindness Day. Doonan said the Union will hand out cookies and goody bags for students to take. The Senate approved the SMR by acclamation.
Sam Bertooz ’25, president of the Puzzle Club, asked that the Senate give his club probationary status. Bertooz said the club’s purpose is to “provide a welcoming space for all Brandeis students to enjoy and practice the craft of puzzle.” The Senate voted to give the Puzzle Club probationary status by acclamation.
Joseph Pendleton ’24, president of Simpliciter, asked that the Senate give his club probationary status. Pendleton said Simpliciter is Brandeis’ philosophy journal, intended to give students a place to submit their works relating to philosophy and edit submissions. He also said that the journal would, like other University philosophy journals, accept submissions from outside Brandeis. The Senate voted to give Simpliciter probationary status by acclamation.
Sen. Eamonn Golden ’24 also presented an amendment to the bylaws, which the Senate will vote on at its meeting next week. The amendment, Golden said, would limit the president’s ability to veto changes to a portion of the bylaws relating to Executive Board positions. Currently, the president is able to consider proposed amendments to the section of the bylaws relating to the Executive Board before the Senate, which Golden said gave the president too much power.
If the amendment passes, the change would be consistent with how alterations to other sections of the bylaws are made. The Senate first votes on a proposed change, then the president has a chance to veto it, and the Senate then has a chance to overturn the veto. Golden’s proposed amendment would also increase the number of senators required to overturn a veto from a simple majority to a two-thirds majority.