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It was not long after the list of Student Bar Association Budget Committee members with their respective contact information was disclosed to the newspaper by the SBA that SBA Vice President Adam Grant informed the newspaper that members were not to be contacted without expressed advanced permission from those members, which must be obtained through the SBA office. As confirmed by several senators and the SBA President Andrew Leftt, no SBA senator is permitted by the SBA to speak to the newspaper without giving their name to accompany their statement. However, aside from Senator Peretz Berk and the SBA officers, no SBA senator has been willing to go on the record with their name accompanying their statement. All of the SBA meetings this year, including all of the Budget Committee meetings, have been closed to the public. According to senators, they are not aware of the reason why these meetings were closed to the public. The Senate votes by unrecorded secret ballot on all issues. Thus, how any of the senators have voted on any issue is not even known to the Senate. Furthermore, the minutes from all of this year’s SBA meetings have been undisclosed, despite numerous requests by the newspaper. In addition to the failure to disclose minutes, all of the SBA meetings have been announced either on the day of the meeting or one day before the day of the meeting, making it impossible for either students or the press to attend. Additionally, all Budget Committee records are ordered returned to the SBA Treasurer David Tawil and Vice President Grant for destruction. Thus, the entire budget process from this year will not be disclosed even after the budget is finalized following the appeal process, which is also closed to the public. So far, at least one senator suggested that students sign a petition for a general student body meeting, which would require the SBA senators to appear and justify and disclose the budget to the students.

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