SBA Budget Committee Responds to Student Organization Budget Demands by Proposing an Increase in Student Activity Fees
By Madiha Malik
Amidst criticism regarding student organization budget allocations, on Tuesday November 18th, the SBA unanimously voted to approve further exploration of increasing the student activity fee, which students pay each semester to the SBA for allocate to student organizations. The current student activity fee is $82 per semester and the SBA is hoping to increase the fee by $8 to $90. SBA President Jim Anderson stated inflation and the increased enrollment on campus as reasons for the need for an increased fee. According to a Facebook post on behalf of the SBA Budget Committee, the proposed $8 increase will make an additional $4,000 available for student organizations.
The budget allocation process has been recently criticized for lack of transparency. In response to this criticism, the SBA Budget Committee urges student leaders who have any issues with their budgets to be proactive and communicate their issues to Budget Committee members. “It’s difficult to address concerns if we’re not aware of them,” said SBA Chief Financial Officer Joseph Brown.
Budget Committee member Laura Ann Keller reminds organization leaders that students who are not satisfied with their budget allocations should attend the budget allocation meeting and make their concerns known. At the initial meeting when the Budget Committee decides allocation amounts to organizations, meeting minutes are taken and votes are recorded. All of this information is available to students, according to Keller, but students do not take advantage of these resources. “At least some portion of the complaints that we’ve gotten are from people who didn’t make an effort to address this upfront at all,” said Anderson. The budget allocation meeting, according to Anderson, was open to all students, regardless of their position or affiliation with any organization.
Law Students Attend CBA Bench-Bar Symposium on Professionalism
By Eleni Koutroumanis
On November 7th the Connecticut Bar Association’s Professionalism and Legal Education Committee, the Hartford County Bar Association, and the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch teamed up to host “Raising the Bar: A Bench-Bar Symposium on Professionalism in the Judicial District of Hartford.” The symposium took place at the Hartford Superior Court and over 200 attorneys and more than 25 law students and new lawyers attended the event.
The morning’s plenary session was titled “Maintaining Ethical Standards and Preserving Professionalism in a Rapidly Changing Profession.” The morning’s speakers included the Chief Disciplinary Counsel Patricia King, Statewide Bar Counsel Michael P. Bowler, and Attorney Frederic S. Ury of Ury & Moskow LLC. The panelists discussed how the internet and electronic communication have affected the legal field. They remarked about issues they have presided over regarding unethical communications, internet behavior, and advertising, as well as some of the steps that the ABA is taking to clarify internet ethics for lawyers. Despite these efforts, the speakers emphasized the importance of good judgment and self-control that lawyers must exercise when using these technologies.
Starr Hall: Some History and Architectural Oddities
By Jaime Welsh
UConn Law School moved from its former location at the intersection of Trout Brook Drive and Asylum Avenue in West Hartford to the beautiful 20-acre campus on which it now sits in 1984. The property was purchased and then renovated by the State of Connecticut in 1978 to house both the School of Law and the State Attorney General. While most members of the community know the State purchased the site from the Hartford Seminary, many remain unaware as to the history and architectural details of the Law School’s buildings.
The Hartford Seminary purchased the land that now houses the Law School in 1912 for $85,000 from the James J. Goodwin estate. According to the Law School archives, the land sat vacant until construction began in 1922. The original quadrangle of buildings included MacKenzie Hall (now housing the Connecticut Attorney General), Knight Hall, Avery Hall (now known as Starr Hall), Hosmer Hall, and Hartranft Hall (now known as Chase Hall). The architectural firm Allen and Collens of Boston designed the collegiate gothic style buildings, which were then built by the construction firm Bartlett and Brainard of Hartford.