Senate rejects official seal
Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 00:11
Student Senate held its last meeting of the semester Tuesday afternoon with debate over a piece of legislation.
The resolution, authored by Senators Christopher Cornell and David Lee, was for the adoption of a new Senate seal for formal use.
Student Body Vice President Zane Cavander expressed his concern over a perceived dilution of the Senate brand, opening the mantra, “One image, one logo.”
Parliamentarian Travis Carlile said he believes “a seal is unnecessary right now. We’re not ready for it.”
Lee said, “We want to make the option [of both a logo and a seal] available. This isn’t forcing [the seal] on anyone, and not diluting anything.”
Sen. Hutchison asked, “What do you imagine [the seal] being used for? And how many official Senate things will we have? An official flower? Mineral?”
Sen. Cornell answered, “Actually, we do have a flower — it’s the blue bonnet. It’s just cool for us to have a seal for formal uses, and the logo for informal uses. And every school at the university has both a logo and a seal.”
Chief of Staff Savannah Stevens said, “Having a second logo will cause confusion and derail our work thus far. I implore you not to vote for it.”
Sen. Manning said, “It won’t cause confusion because it’s for inward use. They [Cornell and Lee] worked very hard on this, and anything that makes us look more legit and formal is good.”
In the end, the resolution was put to a vote and it failed. Student Senate will continue to use an informal seal.