Summer Senate Meeting Minutes


USG Summer Senate Meeting

Friday, June 5, 2015

Meeting called to order at 6:18 PM. Meeting held in SAC 302.

Agenda Item 1.0: Attendance

The roll was called:


Senator Tasnia Ahmed                                                                                                              Present

Senator Rawson Jahan                                                                                                             Present

Senator Megan Kenard                                                                                                             Present

Senator Victor Ng                                                                                                                      Present

Senator Michelle Olakkengil                                                                                                      Present

Senator Zohaib Rattu                                                                                                                Present

Senator Jonathan Rodriguez                                                                                                     Present

Senator Tara Schinasi                                                                                                               Absent

Senator Joshua Seobarran                                                                                                       Absent

Senator Nida Kuruvilla                                                                                                              Absent


President Cole Lee                                                                                                                    Absent

Executive Vice President Krisly Zamor (Chair)                                                                          Present

Treasurer Taylor Bouraad                                                                                                         Present

VP of Communications Brody Hooper                                                                                     Absent

VP of Student Life Fiqry Kleib                                                                                                  Absent

VP of Clubs and Organizations Chinelo Obinero                                                                     Absent

VP of Academic Danielle Ali                                                                                                     Absent


A quorum exists.

Agenda Item 2.0: Announcements

Executive Vice President Zamor: All summer senators must hold 2 hours of office hours in order to get paid; and I would like you to send me which hours you can do by emailing them to me by the coming Sunday at 11:59 pm.

Agenda Item 3.0: President Pro-Tempore Nominations

Nominations were opened for the President Pro-Tempore position

  • Senator Rodriguez was nominated by Senator Rodriguez, seconded by Senator Kenard.

Senator Rodriguez: I am currently the Junior Class Senator. I was the Freshman Class Representative my first year which means I have Executive Council experience, and I also have Senate experience as I have served as proxy several times. I would be great for the role.

Administrative Director Kirnbauer: It is worth mentioning that you can vote for Jonathan or you can abstain from voting.

  • On the vote to elect a President Pro-Tempore:
    • Senator Rodriguez: 7 votes
    • Total Senate Seats: 9
    • Votes needed for election: 7
  • Senator Rodriguez was elected President Pro-Tempore [Secret Ballot #1]

Agenda Item 4.0: 2015 USG Summer Budget

Treasurer Bouraad: First column is where the money last year was allocated, the second column is this year. A black fill means the club either didn’t have a budget last summer, or didn’t apply for one this summer. Everything in Administration stayed the same unless they came close to overspending last year. SAB was constrained last year, so they received an increase; similarly, the EVP received an increase for training. Housing was blacked out because we don’t do it anymore.

The Renovations line refers to the Executive Council wanting to renovate the conference room by buying new chairs and putting the existing ones in the Senate Office as everything in there is broken. Any left-over funds went into contingency instead of being left unallocated.

Most clubs and organizations received an increase. Across the board, since we only fund for summer programs, I didn’t allocate to clubs that applied for apparel or other items used throughout the year. AICHE received a decrease because they did not spend their entire budget last year. Any club that has $105 should have been given $0 because they violated the Financial Bylaws but we’re being nice. Ice Hockey and WUSB had maxed out budget, by them each being awarded $10,560.

For contracted services, Campus Recreation received an increase because I met with Dr. Baigent and they do a lot of summer programming. SB VAC and The Statesman got an increase based on what they asked for and what they had last year. Commuter Student Association is new, but they got money for an event.

Senator Rodriguez: Last year, there was a discussion of penalties for clubs that didn’t apply for a budget, is this going to be reflected here or in fall revisions?

Treasurer Bouraad: We encouraged clubs to apply for a summer budget to get started, and fall revisions will be done the first week of [Fall] classes.

  • Senator Kenard moved to approve budget, seconded by Senator Olakkengil

Senator Rattu: Let’s say, for example, [American Institute of] Chemical Engineering doesn’t use any money; what happens?

Treasurer Bouraad: It carries over to the next summer session. That’s what the $49,000 in carryover that wasn’t used last summer [2014] refers to.

Administrative Director Kirnbauer: I just wanted to point out: a two-thirds vote is required to pass the budget so 7 votes are needed.

  • Senator Kenard moved to approve budget, seconded by Senator Olakkengil
  • Motion approved by a vote of 7-0-0 [Roll Call Vote #2]

Agenda Item 5.0: Open Agenda

  • Senator Rodriguez moved to give the general body speaking rights, seconded by Senator Kenard
  • No objections, motion passed.

Senator Rattu: What events planned for summer? And, how does the decision making work?

Administrative Director Kirnbauer: What happens in Summer Senate stays in Summer Senate; your decisions don’t carry over into academic year

Treasurer Bouraad: We have the BBQ and other SAB events planned and now clubs and SAB can start using money.

  • Senator Rodriguez moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Senator Kenard.
  • No objections, motion passed.
  • Meeting adjourned at 6:33 PM.
6/5/2015 Roll Call Votes #1 #2
Senator Ahmed J. R. Y
Senator Jahan J. R. Y
Senator Kenard J. R. Y
Senator Ng J. R. Y
Senator Olakkengil J. R. Y
Senator Rattu J. R. Y
Senator Rodriguez J. R. Y
Senator Schinasi
Senator Seobarran
Total Votes 7-0-0 7-0-0
Outcome of Motion Rodriguez Elected Pass


2015 Runoff Election Results


President – Cole Lee (Total vote: 810, 54%)  James Alrassi (Total vote: 690, 46%) 

VP – Krisly Zamor (Total vote: 768, 50.36%)  Luo Luo Fang (Total vote: 757, 49.64%)

VP of Communications – Brody Hooper (Total vote: 741, 50.44%) Jason Mazza (Total vote: 728, 49.56%)

VP of Student Life – Fiqry Kleib (Total vote: 735, 50.14%) Nathan Blazon Brown (Total vote: 731, 49.86%)

VP of Clubs and Orgs – Chinelo Obinero (Total vote: 802 55.69%)  Bryan Michel (Total vote: 638, 44.3%)

VP of Academic Affairs – Danielle Ali (Total vote: 757, 52.39%) John Mele (Total vote: 688, 47.61%)


The 2015 runoff election results are also posted on the USG suite door. Congratulations to all the winners!

2015 USG Election Results


Runoff election will be a totally new ballet and runs from noon, Monday 5/4/2015 to noon, Friday 5/8/2015. 

President runoff between Cole Lee (Total vote: 1048, 46%) and James Alrassi (Total vote: 931, 41%) 

VPrunoff between Luo Luo Fang (Total vote: 975, 44%) and Krisly Zamor (Total vote: 953, 43%)

Treasurer – Taylor Bouraad (Total vote: 1149, 50%)

VP of Student Liferunoff between Nathan Blazon Brown (Total vote: 922, 41%) and Fiqry Kleib (Total vote: 813, 36%) 

VP of Communications runoff between Jason Mazza (Total vote: 944, 43%) and Brody Hooper (Total vote: 889, 41%)

VP of Clubs and Orgsrunoff between Chinelo Obinero (Total vote: 667, 30%) and Bryan Michel (Total vote: 607, 27%)

VP of Academic Affairsrunoff between John Mele (Total vote: 873, 41%) and Danielle Ali (Total vote: 939, 44%)

Senior Class Senator – Drazen Barcarra (Total vote: 714, 54%)

Junior Class Senator – Jonathan Rodriguez (Total vote: 314, 58%)

Sophomore Class Senator – Angelica Husni (Total vote: 117, 60%)



CAS Senator 

Mahnoor Raheel

Nida Kuruvilla

Jin Wei Lin

Tasnia Ahmed

Laura O’Shea

Troy Chinnici

Asia Grant-Murray

Rawson Jahan

Michelle Olakkengil

Alexander Bouraad

Maximillian Shaps

Victor Ng


CEAS Senator 

Vallipian Lakshman

Joshua Seobarrab

Michael Libretto


HSC Senator 

Lydia Senatus


Google Form Link (only submissions after 10:00 P.M. on April 11, 2015 will be accepted):


Check out more music from our official performers:

JUS (Opening Act)

Panic! At the Disco

21 Pilots



Tickets & Pricing

SBU Undergraduates (Stands): $5.00
SBU Undergraduates (Floor): $20.00

Non-Undergraduates* (Stands): $50.00

*(Graduate students, faculty and all others.)


Media Organizations

Want to cover or photograph the event? You must e-mail the Vice-President of Communications at with your name and respective organization by midnight on the evening of April 17, 2014. No media representatives will be provided with a Press pass without doing so and receiving a confirmation.


Handicap Accessibility

The IFCU Arena offers accommodations for handicap attendants. All aforementioned seating in the arena however are located in the stands. Floor will not be accessible for these cases.

All prospective attendants that require these services must contact the Vice President of Communications at at least 72 hours prior to the date of the event.


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USG Elections 2015

—————————- IMPORTANT NOTICE  |  APRIL 27, 2015 ——————————–

Due unforeseen system errors with the polls on SOLAR, all previously submitted
votes are now void. The respective students who participated within the voided
time interval have been notified via e-mail and will be able to re-submit their votes
for this year’s USG Elections.

We sincerely apologize for any and all inconveniences involved with this error.
Good luck to all of our candidates!



Vote for your favorite candidates starting on Monday, April 27, 2015!
Polls close on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 3:00 P.M.

The 2015-16 candidates for USG Elections!

Important Deadlines and Information:

March 30, 2015   |   Intent Forms Due
Download Form: Elections Intent Form (Spring 2015)

March 31, 2015   |   Petitioning Begins

April 14, 2015     |   Petitioning Ends

April 17, 2015     |   Campaigning Begins

April 27, 2015     |   Elections Begin

May 01, 2015      |   Elections End


Election Poster

USG Movie Series

USG Movie Series will be providing students with FREE weekly screenings of recent blockbuster hits! Students may pick-up their tickets to each screening from the SAC Ticket Office with their Student I.D. starting Wednesday, February 3, 2015.

All screenings will take place in the Student Union Auditorium at 8:00 PM with doors opening soon before.
Below is a listing of all the scheduled titles:

Movie List

*Please note that the titles, dates and/or times may be subject to change based on respective films’ campus release dates.