The Executive Board communicated electronically in the past few weeks to resolve issues surrounding the Rensselaer Union Bookstore just before the end of the semester. Because most E-Board members are away from Rensselaer during the summer, President of the Union Nick Dvorak determined it would be necessary to adopt special rules of order, as stated in Article V section 7 of their bylaws, to allow easier electronic voting for proxy meetings. The Policy Committee, a subcommittee of the E-Board, approved the change to the special rules of order 3-0-0. It was then approved 11-0-0 by the E-Board.
The full text of the special rules of order, including revisions, is available in the summer E-Board Dropbox at http://poly.rpi.edu/s/qt5cl.
On June 6, there was a motion to allow a closed discussion relating to the bookstore and allow Joe Cassidy, Ron Moraski, Rasika Ekhalikar ’17, and Ines Roman ’16 to be present for the discussion. This motion passed 10-3-0.
On June 8, there was a motion to “approve the contract allowing Follett Higher Education Group Inc. to operate the Rensselaer Union Bookstore in accordance with the terms presented to the Board.” This motion passed 7-3-0.
The bookstore has been temporarily moved next to the games room while Follett renovates the space. The bookstore will return to its previous location in the Fall 2015 semester.