Exposing the general laziness of the FBK-backed majority’s Senators, a small group of seven were able to deny the UF Student Senate the necessary quorum to conduct business at this week’s meeting. (A quorum, in this case, being just half of the Senate’s membership).
This was done in protest over being handed a massive list of some 48 appointments to be voted on without any real advance warning or chance to review their qualifications.
The new Orange and Blue party leader was quoted as saying, “The executive appointments, at least from the senate side of it, unfortunately was done in what at best could be called under the table and at worst could be called just blatantly wrong.”
Student Senator Audrey Schnell complained, lamely, that because four days were spent in committee on these appointments, not rushing through them on Tuesday night would “put all the work of the executive committee to shame,” as if waiting a week during Summer A would have any serious impact on the work of any of the 48 appointments. How much do you want to bet the vast majority of these 48 aren’t even signed up for classes during the summer and won’t be on campus anyway?
This bold parliamentary move is par for the course, by the way, for the Orange and Blue team, and Ossip is proving just as willing to shed sunlight on SG’s excesses as his predecessors, and much more than his competition in the Progress party camp.
But making news and delaying FBK’s moves can only get you so far. If O&B (and Progress) hope to win any seats this fall, they need to come together as one group and begin to recruit candidates and start organizing support.
Still, it’s a pretty funny sight to see a large SG majority grind to a halt because 7 opposition senators walk out of a meeting and the rest of the Senate is too busy (drunk at The Swamp?) to show up.