SGA bill to change student constitution fails

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    After heated debate in the House of Student Representatives meeting, a bill that would have approved a revision of the Constitution of the Student Body did not pass Tuesday night.

    The House’s ad hoc committee proposed a change to the constitution that would have removed Programming Council as the body responsible for student programming. It would have replaced it with the new programming organization called theCrew, which formed in August.

    TheCrew replaced Programming Council this fall as the primary event-planning group in on-campus events.

    Committee member Brett Anderson said the change was part of the committee’s overall project to rework and clarify the constitution. He said the name change in the constitution would remove any confusion regarding which organization is responsible for student body programming.

    Rachel Adcock, a sophomore representative from the John V. Roach Honors College, said theCrew organization was still evolving and that there was no need to put a specific name into the Constitution.

    Ryan Hoff, a senior finance and political science major representing the Neeley School of Business, said that changes to the Constitution needed to be broad and overarching. If the language was too concrete, there would be no room for leeway in the future, he said.

    Fourteen representatives voted in favor of the bill, falling short of the 29 necessary to have a two-thirds majority.