Jacket Java and Malt?

Mon­day night’s Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Meet­ing was a rau­cous affair. Blame it on end-of-the-term gid­di­ness merg­ing with the Sen­ate mem­bers’ friend­ship. The gavel even got used. Frequently.

The biggest news out of the meet­ing was the pas­sage of PR 1112-03, throw­ing the stu­dent senate’s sup­port behind the idea of sell­ing malt bev­er­ages and wine through A’viands. Pre­lim­i­nary thoughts are that the area around the Yel­low­jacket Union’s Jacket Java could be repur­posed for the con­sump­tion of beer and wine, with strict con­trols on pur­chase and con­sump­tion. Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin – Supe­rior already has a Class B liquor license, with wine and beer being served at some catered events already. This ini­tial res­o­lu­tion of sup­port is merely the begin­ning of the con­ver­sa­tion with the admin­is­tra­tion, the Yel­low­jacket Union board, and of course A’viands before any­thing will be decided.

The Seg­re­gated Uni­ver­sity Fee Allo­ca­tion Com­mit­tee (SUFAC) passed the 2013–2014 bud­get guide­lines. The new sys­tem for allo­ca­tion, devel­oped with the help of Jeff Kahler of the Busi­ness office and SUFAC advi­sor, estab­lishes two cat­e­gories for stu­dent orga­ni­za­tions; Cat­e­gory A for orga­ni­za­tions that are more campus-based, and B for orga­ni­za­tions that are more travel ori­ented. These two cat­e­gories cre­ate a more equi­table sys­tem for allo­ca­tion of funds through the bud­get divi­sions of pro­mo­tion, speak­ers and enter­tain­ment, cap­i­tal (one-time pur­chases), non-capital (recur­ring expenses), food, and travel. Direc­tor Hans­berry and Vice Direc­tor Schmidt both strongly encour­age any orga­ni­za­tion with ques­tions to come in for more expla­na­tion. They can be reached at the SGA office in the Yel­low­jacket Union.

SGA Pres­i­dent Gra­ham Garfield was able to go to the lat­est Board of Regents meet­ing. He reported that the Uni­ver­sity System’s Flex Degree pro­gram has jumped off the draw­ing table, and is being put into prac­tice across the Uni­ver­sity sys­tem. The Flex Degree pro­gram was orig­i­nally pro­posed to allow work­ing peo­ple to earn degree credit for work expe­ri­ence with­out attend­ing a for­mal class. This pro­gram is being pro­moted by Gov­er­nor Scott Walker; in exchange for par­tic­i­pa­tion, some of the funds taken away dur­ing the bud­get “lapse” will be restored to schools in the UW sys­tem. UW-S will be launch­ing two classes in the fall, pos­si­bly in the Visual Arts and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Arts fields. Classes taken in the Flex Degree pro­gram will have no time lim­its, and it is unclear how they are funded. The Board of Regents has also raised the cap on out-of-state stu­dents per UW school from 25% to 27.5%.

The meet­ing was adjourned around 9:45, with Pres­i­dent Garfield thank­ing every­body for their hard work through­out the term.

Image cour­tesy of Kirsten Scheid — The Stinger
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