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Nunnery running for ASG president

By Kelly Mayo
Editor

February 21, 2013


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SGA President Robert Nunnery works in the SGA office in the University Center. Nunnery announced on Feb. 6 that he will not run for a second term in the spring elections.

In addition to receiving an announcement from the president, the Student Government Association (SGA) passed its first bill of 2013, discussed a possible new student housing initiative, presented two Student of the Month awards and discussed upcoming elections at its Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 meetings.

Nunnery running for ASG

SGA President Robert Nunnery announced to the SGA Senate at the Feb. 6 meeting that he will not run for a second term this spring, and will instead run for president of the UNC Association of Student Governments (ASG).

Nunnery said that current ASG president Cameron Carswell of Appalachian State University recently announced that she would not seek re-election for the 2013-14 year.

Nunnery's running mate will be April Love of Fayetteville State University.

ASG is a body of student government representatives from all 17 UNC system schools. Delegates discuss topics relevant to students, such as tuition increases and campus safety.

If elected, Nunnery would be the first UNCP student to lead ASG. He would also take Carswell's place on the UNC Board of Governors.

Nunnery said that he has sufficient knowledge of how ASG works to enable him to lead the body.

"We've taken some ideas from ASG and applied them here [SGA]. I want to facilitate that as ASG president," Nunnery said.

SGA also passed its first bill of the semester on Feb. 13.

Bill 1

Bill 1, sponsored by Treasurer Carson Cone and freshman senator Antonio Reid, changes the procedure for a senator to be impeached.

Sen. Reid said that he and Cone drafted the bill as a response to decreased attendance at Senate and Committee meetings.

"We cannot promote our goals, we cannot promote our responsibilities as a Senate if we are not here," Sen. Reid said.

The bill passed 10-2 with one abstention.

The bill maintains the limit of two unexcused absences to qualify for impeachment that is found in Article VIII, Chapter 2, Section D of the SGA Constitution. The bill also maintains that two tardies equal one unexcused absence.

Additionally, the bill maintains that five senators must submit a petition for a senator to be impeached.

However, the bill calls for the SGA secretary to track absences and inform the senator in question and the SGA president when a senator's unexcused absence limit has been reached.

Also, a senator facing impeachment would now receive an immediate email in his or her BraveWeb, as opposed to a letter in the mail.

A copy of the petition would also be filed with the Student Government Office.

Sen. Reid said that the bill would streamline the impeachment process so that it would not take eight weeks in a 17-week semester for a senator to be impeached.

New coed housing discussed

At the Feb. 6 meeting, Nunnery brought up the idea of gender-neutral housing, or as he described it, "an area of Residence Life where every room is coed."

Nunnery said the idea is still in the preliminary discussion stages on campus. He said this kind of housing would most benefit LGBTQ students, students with disabilities and siblings on campus.

Nunnery said that while anyone could apply to live in such housing, the process of randomly-assigned roommates would still be in place.

The idea drew some debate among senators, with some thinking it too dangerous, particularly for women and LGBTQ students.

"Predators are everywhere," Sen. Elizabeth White said.

Nunnery agreed, saying that he would not want gender-neutral housing to become a "fish bowl" or a target for bullying.

He said that such housing would have extra resident advisers and communication for security purposes.

Chief of Staff Marie Richters said that gender-neutral housing would be a good opportunity for UNCP.

"Putting all personal feelings aside, this would be a great leap for us...to even have that option," Richters said.

Seven senators volunteered to participate in a task force that would analyze the need for mixed-living housing on campus.

Awards and elections

Treasurer Cone presented the Student of the Month awards for December 2012 and January 2013 on Feb. 13 to Tinaisa Abrilz and Santana Batten, respectively.

Also on Feb. 13, Sen. Chris Powell led an interest meeting for SGA elections. Sen. Powell said that the application filing period started on Feb. 7 and will end on March 20. The campaigning period for students running for office will run from March 20 to 27.

Elections will be held via electronic ballots on March 27 and 28.

Application packets for the 2013-14 year can be found under "Forms" at SGA's web page at www.uncp.edu/sga.
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