How am I supposed to know what's going on?

Student Senate can seem very intimidating, mainly because of all the jargon floating around the chambers. But don't fret, this vocab list that's been compiled will help ease your worries and answer your questions about what it is they're talking about!

Motion A formal proposal before the Senate to obtain a ruling, direction or order.

Point of Order An issue raised during the consideration of a motion concerning parliamentary procedure, or the rules senators must follow during meetings.

Point of Information A feature of debate allowing someone to add in a brief point or correction into the speech of whoever is currently talking.

Standing Vote A vote where senators stand to signify whether they are voting in favor or opposition of the bill, resolutuion, amendment or motion.

Roll Call Vote A vote where senators are called on individually to state whether they vote in favor or opposition of the bill, resolution, amendment or motion.

Resolution The Senate's official stance on an issue that takes no action. A majority vote is needed for a resolution to pass.

Bill A piece of legislation that does take action. A majority vote is needed to pass a bill.

Ballot Voters use this to mark their choices when electing officials or voting on legislation.

Referendum Question A ballot question that allows the electorate to directly vote on a proposal. A petition with signatures from 1 percent of the Student Body must be obtained to get a referendum question on the ballot.

Initiative A question that appears on the ballot, after a petition containing 2 percent of signatures from the Student Body is collected. If passed, an initiative can force a proposed statute or amendment into law.

Quorum The minimum number of senators needed to conduct a Senate meeting.

Unite Party Sen. Naadira Renfroe, who represents the Sophomore class, and Orange and Blue Sen. Ben Cavataro, who represents Hume Hall helped contribute to these definitions.