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Vindication

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Feb 18, 2010 in Student Government

It’s been a good day :)

Things started off well when I made it to Legal Research & Persuasion on time. A minor success to be sure, but with our new schedule this semester I miss 2 days’ worth of LRP every time there’s a UNC Board of Governors meeting — so this is the first lab I’ve been to since the semester started :beatup:

It got even better when we got grades back for the quiz I mentioned yesterday. The grade itself wasn’t a surprise (BlueBook/citation stuff is one of the things I did professionally back when I was a paralegal) but it means I don’t have to go to class tomorrow. And since Professor Ks cancelled that class too, it also means I get to sleep in extra late since those are the only 2 classes we have on Friday mornings :D

But the main joy came from reading the student newspaper at my alma mater.

Some quick background:  I briefly mentioned last month that the statewide UNC Association of Student Governments had already gathered 15,000+ student signatures on a tuition petition calling on state legislators to scrap a mandated tuition increase (with $$ raised going to the state’s General Fund) and replace it with a smaller tuition increase set by the Board of Governors (with $$ raised staying on each respective campus).

Back when we were prepping the campaign, back before the first signature was signed, we got a lot of hostile carping from a lot of different folks — and as the guy in charge, most of it was directed at me.

One well-connected person told me to “hold off.” Another more tersely insisted “your plan is not going to be helpful” (though he was kind enough to preface it with “with all due respect”).  And then there was N.C. State’s Technician, which was kind enough to editorialize here that the Tuition Petition was a “futile gesture designed to improve the image of student leaders”… yet another condemnatory editorial in a span stretching back to the start of my 1st term :roll:

But then by the time last week’s BOG meeting started, the number of signatures had grown from 0 to over 20,000 — over 90% of our 21,500 goal, with 3 weeks left to go.

It was a point I made sure to mention in a speech from the podium, flanked by over a dozen Student Body Presidents and other student leaders from over half the institutions in the University system, with thick stacks of signed petitions in their hands :angel:

After the meeting, the very same gentleman who just a month earlier said the petition campaign wouldn’t be helpful came up and thanked us for doing it, noting how helpful it would be when budget deliberations take place this summer.

Then today, as I’m in the FishBowl reading for Torts, I discover the Technician wrote a fresh editorial… now citing what they call the “great” work UNCASG is doing with the petition.

I almost fell out of the chair :beatup:

Now I’m not the obnoxious type to demand someone say point-blank they were wrong, but I’m more than willing to infer it from their subsequent words/actions ;)

So yeah, it’s been a good day :D We’ll see how tomorrow turns out :)

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Improv FTW

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Jan 30, 2010 in Student Government

We got enough folks here for quorum — they just happened to be accompanied by 8″+ of snow… with more still falling :surprised:

Both the UNCSA campus and the WSSU campus are closed, so we had to improvise and go with our contingency plan: main meeting in the hotel’s conference room, and committee meetings in our officers’ hotel rooms :beatup: Everything seems to be going well so far — committee meetings are wrapping up, and Pizza Hut was kind enough to deliver lunch so I’m typing while munching :)

And today’s Stat of the Day isn’t even the snowfall quantity: we’ve already got over 15,000 students who have signed the UNCASG tuition petition, and still have a month to go :D

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Mother Nature and I are gonna have words…

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Jan 28, 2010 in Student Government

Remember back during winter break, when I was looking forward to enjoying some wintry precipitation only to get cheated by Mother Nature?

Well apparently she’s deciding not to tease me this time, with what looks like a fairly decent snowstorm (at least by central North Carolina standards) barreling down on the state starting tomorrow.

The catch? Our monthly business meeting of the UNC Association of Student Governments is this weekend :beatup:

We can’t reschedule, because of the time-consuming bureaucratic red tape we have to go through to meet in the first place. We can’t cancel, because we need to have some votes on tuition/fee-related items before our University system’s Board of Governors votes on them in 2 weeks.  So we’re gathering ~80 folks from 17 institutions throughout the state to converge in a city (Winston-Salem) right in the middle of the winter storm warnings, with the non-trivial possibility of having to meet in our hotel rooms if we can’t reach the host campus.

I dang well better get to enjoy some snow this weekend at the very least :P

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Taking the weekend off (again)

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Jan 23, 2010 in Student Government

Good morning everybody!

I know we all just got back from a long winter break, and I’ve actually got about a half-dozen posts in various stages of draft-ness… but I figured I’d forewarn you now that I’m taking the weekend off from law:/dev/null :beatup:

In about 20 minutes the UNC Association of Student Governments will be running its 3rd Annual Conference on Student Government Elections, where we spend the day trying to help election officials at the 17 UNC institutions improve their electoral processes. Then after that I’ll be spending the weekend in various stages of cleaning my disaster of an apartment and catching up on my reading :)

Hopefully I’ll be back Monday — we’ll see. Until then have a great weekend! :D

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“Tendencies”

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Nov 21, 2009 in Student Government

Whenever there’s a UNCASG meeting, the wholesale creation of various inside jokes (some funny, others not-so-much) inevitably follows.  ASG may be the best student advocacy groups in the state. It may get a lot of tangible business done that benefits the students of the University. But it also epitomizes the “Play Hard” component of the saying “Work Hard, Play Hard” — and those antics provide a ready supply of material.

Calling “tendencies” seems like it’ll become one of the new ones from this weekend.  It started last night when some of us noticed one of our more-coquettish officers flirting with a few delegates, and a comment was made about her “ho-like tendencies” (said with tongue firmly planted in cheek, as she’s probably the most innocent of my executive team — myself included :angel: ).

The reference would have died as quickly as it was uttered… but for the indignation of the lass in question when she overheard it. So now whenever she does anything that could conceivably be construed as flirting, someone blurts out “tendencies” and a round of laughs ensue.

And after the ASU-WCU football game earlier today, it may get expanded to other uses as well.

UNCASG folks at the ASU-WCU football game in Boone

UNCASG folks at the ASU-WCU football game in Boone

Following an ASU touchdown, their school mascot fires a rifle over the crowd. Shortly into the first quarter they scored, the rifle goes off… and Q.T. + half of our folks duck. Not flinch, not scrunch down a little bit, but completely hit the deck to avoid gunfire. And where were those folks from? Winston-Salem. Durham. Baltimore. Miami. Etc.

Maybe I didn’t react because I saw it coming, but I laughed :beatup: It’s one of those experiences that I can’t adequately capture in words for the blog, but thought I’d share just the same.

Off to the usual post-meeting celebrating :)  Have a great night folks!

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Happy Halloween!

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 31, 2009 in Student Government

Don’t give up hope dear readers — I promise promise promise I’ll return to something law-related at some point in the near-term future! :)

Haunted Hillsborough Hike 2K9.  The crowd was like this for blocks. Craziness.

Haunted Hillsborough Hike 2K9. The crowd was like this for blocks. Craziness.

I’m currently in Raleigh for the 3rd annual Haunted Hillsborough Hike, an event created by the N.C. State Student Government during my 1st term as Student Senate President to both help Hillsborough Street vendors and provide an alternative to folks who didn’t want to trek to Chapel Hill for its festivities on Franklin Street.

For this to go from something that didn’t even exist a few years ago to one of the largest events in Raleigh, and knowing my folks created it… I feel more than a little obligated to be here (and it’s an excuse to drink with friends :angel: )

Hope all of you are enjoying yourselves, and law:/dev/null will return to something vaguely resembling regular posts in the near-term future :D

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Longest. Day. Evah…

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 14, 2009 in Student Government

Wednesdays are always long days on my class schedule, but I feel like today in particular just draaaagggggggggggggggggggeeeeeeeddddddddd on.  So despite my very best efforts to come up with something witty or worthwhile for the blog tonight… this is all I’ve got at the moment :beatup:

On a non-law note, if you happen to attend one of the 16 institutions in the University of North Carolina and want to know how the process for setting student fee rates works, I wrote a note on Facebook for my SG friends at N.C. State.  Feel free to check it out too :)

Hopefully I’ll have something more entertaining tomorrow.  Good night everybody!

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Greetings from Wilmington!

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Aug 29, 2009 in Student Government

Not much to post today or tomorrow most likely — I’m currently at UNC Wilmington for the first business meeting of the UNC Association of Student Governments.

And despite scheduling this meeting almost 6 whole months in advance, it still managed to rain on the meeting day.  At least the hurricane stayed away so we don’t have to evacuate :)

A return to quasi-meaningful posting will take place at some point before the weekend is over.  Until then have a great night everybody :D

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