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Stony Brook’s Undergraduate Student Government President, Cole Lee, chose fellow student, Aravinth Pushparaj, as the best candidate for the position of Associate Justice for the Supreme Court. “He is a stellar candidate,” Lee said. “I have a history of appointing six associate justices into the Supreme Court and to my knowledge they all passed unanimously.” During the USG Senate meeting on Oct. 27, Lee said that Pushparaj was interviewed extensively and various times. He was present at the meeting to answer any questions the senators may have had and so that they could pass the motion of accepting Pushparaj into the Supreme Court. As Pushparaj stood in front of the senators, he spoke about his previous knowledge and past experience when dealing with leadership positions as well as resolving issues. “I was the student body president at my school back home. So essentially, I’ve dealt with a lot of problems…

At the Undergraduate Student Government meeting on October 20, a prominent change was introduced to the clubs that are defined as Special Service Council’s clubs They will no longer have the option of refusing to move up the line budget, starting next semester.. The Special Service Councils clubs require a limited amount of funding. This includes clubs that are relatively new or clubs that only require minimum funding in order for them to function to their fullest capacity. If a club is deemed fully-established, it can move up from SSC’s limited funding to the line budget. The new rule states that clubs capable of handling the line budget can no longer stay on as SSC clubs. If these clubs refuse to move up to line budget, their funding will be cut altogether. There is finite money in the SSC collective budget, so this amendment allows for eligible clubs that have…

United, Students’, Pool and an independent joined the Undergraduate Student Government election debate for determining who will run the USG next year. The debate took place in GLS/HDV Center Multiple Room on April 4. The first issue discussed was over transparency in the USG in the wake of the failure to uphold a fully vetted Elections Board Committee for the past 3 years. Presidential candidate Hassan Sheikh, of the Students Party said that “there needs to be some form of liability in the USG.” He indicated that advocates for quality report system could make USG transparent. “The fundamental parts of transparency are accessibility and communication,” said USG President Cole Lee of the United Party, who is running for re-election. “We are dedicated and concentrated on solving the issues by communicating with students.” Elizabeth Osei, presidential candidate for the Pool Party, interpreted that doubt in transparency would fall if the USG…

“Future? Shit is surreal, bro.” This year’s Brookfest had everything: dancing! Hot tunes! Drugs, probably, but on the record, I didn’t see any of that! As spectators walked in there was a prominent “Millennial Board™,” featuring the most prominent pictures of the most joyous seawolves celebrating their yearly ritual of listening to hard rap music in an arena. The whole time I was hoping somebody would post a titty and/or dick pic, and in a lapse of judgment, it would be aired on the big screen. Alas, that didn’t happen. Local rapper “Jus” kicked off the evening. I don’t really know how local rap works, but he did a lot of covers. People seemed to enjoy so that was pleasant. His mom was wearing a hat dedicated to his brand. I wish my mom cared that much. For a few songs, he brought out kinda local band Nice Shot, Kid…

Stony Brook’s Undergraduate Student Government has successfully vetted nine students to the elections board last week, as all forms of campaigning were suspended on Tuesday, Mar. 26, after an unnamed candidate brought the vetting process issue to light. Malik Archer, the Chair of the Elections Board Committee, may choose the members of the Election Board but his choices must be approved by the USG Senate. The Elections Board is, “an independent agency, [that] shall ensure that all elections within the Undergraduate Student Government are operated properly and fairly, as according to established legislation, policy, and procedures,” according to the USG Constitution. A common concern among USG Senators was whether or not Election Board candidates knew about the Stony Brook constitutional bylaws. Senator Patrick Smith addressed this issue by asking Jalwa Afroz, a pre-med Election Board candidate, about weaknesses in current electoral bylaws. After a long pause, Afroz admitted, “Sorry, I…

All current Undergraduate Student Government election campaigns have been suspended “until the return of a functioning Election Board Committee,” according to an announcement today by the Justice Department of the USG. For the past three years, the USG Senate has not vetted Elections Board Committee members, Senator Maximillian Shaps said at a senate meeting on Thursday. “Election board members require confirmation by the senate and we have found that none of the members have been approved in three years,” Shaps said. The Election Board Committee is an independent agency which is responsible for overseeing that USG elections take place according to the Election Board Bylaws. Senator Shaps also proposed a bill to transfer the authority of the Elections Board Committee to USG Administrative Director Thomas Kirnbauer. He would be responsible for making “fair and impartial decisions,” Shaps said. Senator Alexander Bouraad called for an executive session, which required all non-USG…

Undergraduate Student Government President Cole Lee announced that a free-laundry initiative for residents is a priority on his agenda at the senate meeting, last Thursday. “A change of this nature, with its enormous magnitude, the sheer scope of it is a undertaking that requires a massive amount of time and effort,” Lee said at the meeting. Out of the four SUNY university centers, Stony Brook is the only one that does not provide a free laundry service for its students. Although University of Albany and University at Buffalo have similar housing rates to Stony Brook, with a standard double room at UAlbany costing $7,732 and UBuffalo costing $7,798, Stony Brook charges $7,778 per school year and students pay $1.75 per laundry cycle.   “I do laundry maybe twice a month,” said Tabler resident Shalvi Ashraf. “So spending $6 once a month, it doesn’t break the bank, but it would be…

Undergraduate Student Government Senate granted recognition to five different student organizations on Oct. 29 based on the benefits they can bring to students on campus. They all would be eligible for Special Services Council budget to run meetings and events from now on. The clubs include WhatCON, Mentors in Medicine, IGEM, Circle K International and Society of Women Engineers. The SSC has generally approved their statuses to be official clubs on campus during SSC meeting. However the USG Senate retain final decision and vote on their requests to receive an $800 budget each semester. The Senate passed CKI’s request to be recognized on campus. “They do a lot of community service,” Senator Jan Janminal said. “They were really prepared and want to put on more community service for SBU students.” CKI is about service projects, leadership and fellowship.  Students would have a chance to attend conventions, Amanda Tam, the club…

In a brief submitted to the Supreme Court of the Undergraduate Student Government, Luo Luo Fang, a former executive vice presidential candidate in 2015, laid out an argument for why the run-off election for the executive vice president position should be invalidated. At the heart of her argument was the inclusion of the “No Confidence” option, which helped create a runoff election since neither candidates were able to get the majority vote. Fang argues that “No Confidence” should not have been on the ballot and that because of its presence, the subsequent run-off election, which Fang lost, should be nullified. According to the document submitted on May 15, there are two key issues: 1) whether or not the “No Confidence” option violated the rules of candidacy in the 2015 Stony Brook University Undergraduate Student Government (USG) election ballot, and 2) whether or not the “No Confidence” votes should be subtracted…