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How Impeachment Works

Message board for Senators
Photo taken by: Austin McNabb

A Student Government Association senator explained the process of impeaching senators, relating to the recent impeachments of three senators.

Anthony Hall, a student senator, said a senator swipes his Texas Tech student ID when going into the SGA office.

However, Hall said, sometimes the scanner can be malfunctioning.

Also, Hall said there are times where senators forget to swipe in.

When this occurs, senators are given two weeks to give an alibi that they completed office hours or if not, they could be impeached.

Hall said there is also a two-part rule where a senator cannot have more than three absences or two back-to-back.

If this happens, a senator can be impeached.

During the impeachment, Hall said the Rules and Administration Committee writes an impeachment when a senator is going through the process.

A vote is then made for or against the removal of the senators being impeached.

“When a Senator is impeached, that senator is found guilty of not doing their job,” Erika Allen, Chairwoman of the Rules and Adminstration Committee, said.

Hall said all three senators were impeached unanimously at the Nov. 8 meeting.

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Nov/12

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Ex-Senator’s Aspirations

Gatewood Brown sitting at a table.
Photo taken by: Austin McNabb

A Texas Tech student had aspirations in both the Student Government Association and energy commerce, only one of which he will be able to reach for now.

Gatewood Brown, a former senator, said he first became involved in SGA during his freshman year, and was head of the freshman council during his sophomore year.

Then during his junior year, Brown said, in order to get into the energy commerce program, you had to be a junior, and have pre-requisites and a GPA requirement.

Brown said he sacrificed his senate position in order to get an internship with his major.

Brown said he really wanted to stay with SGA, but there were too many schedule conflicts.

“I really wanted to but there’s just so many conflicts,” Brown said. “I’ve been very involved in student government since my freshman year.”

During his senate term, Brown said, his committee passed legislation for hygiene essentials to be used at Sam’s Places, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, etc, but had not been finalized.

“One thing we noticed is that it’s a pain for students to drive off campus if they don’t have a car,” Brown said. “They borrow someone’s car or ride a bus to Wal-Mart just to get some of things you need to survive.”

Now, Brown said, he can move forward with his internship at a gas and oil company in order to move forward with his career in energy commerce.

Brown said he met with 28 companies for the internship, but only applied to 12.

Gatewood Brown looks back on his thoughts.
Photo taken by: Austin McNabb

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SGA’s office
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A mix of different reactions were said by a Student Government senator, a Texas Tech student, and two former senators impeached.

Anthony Hall said senators Amy Akabue, Gatewood Brown and Ivan Frederick were all impeached at the SGA meeting Nov. 8.

Hall said Akabue had six absences, Brown five, and Frederick nine. Frederick did not show up to a single senate meeting, according to Hall.

Hall said 32 senators were originally up for impeachment at the last meeting before Nov. 8. However, an article from the Daily Toreador said there were originally 25.

Erika Laffin, a senior from Grape Falls, Montana, said she knows Akabue and used to work with her at Chitwood/Weymouth, a residence hall.

Laffin said Akabue was nice but late to work sometimes.

Laffin also said at the time, Akabue had too many organizations she was active in.

Brown said the reason he could not make it to the meetings was because he was meeting with companies for internships with a program called “Meet The Industry For Energy Commerce,” which is for his major, energy commerce, at the same time.

“Unfortunately, it takes precedence over senate because it’s very important,” Brown said.

Fortunately, Brown said he landed an internship with a gas and oil company.

“I had interviews with 12 companies, and most of which expect you to come out to dinner so they can get to know you better,” Brown said. “It wasn’t all for nothing.”

Brown said he only had one unexcused absence, and the other four were excused.

“The very first one we (the major program) had an out-of-town trip planned months prior to when they announced our senator’s retreat,” Brown said. “So, I couldn’t make that one, and that was my only unexcused absence.”

Akabue said she has been busy studying for the LSAT in the spring, and that she sent in her resignation letter in October, but that The Daily Toreador misunderstood it.

Frederick could not be reached for comment.

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Raiderville – Video 3b

With Texas Tech’s big game against The University of Texas many students camped out in Raiderville for better seats. I went to Raiderville and started talking with students who had been there a few days and even some students who were just setting up. I interviewed  three people and picked the best one to add in my video. I took many different types of shots; close up, far away, and wide angle.

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I used FinalCut software  to cut and edit my video. When I opened the file into FinalCut I needed to cut and edit the video to my liking. I wanted to get the best interviews and shots I could. I had 12 minutes of video, but only needed 30 seconds. I made sure that my VO and natural sound worked with my video clips. After that I exported the file using QuickTimeConversion. I made sure to use all the correct settings and dimensions so it would correctly fit on the web page.

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Nov/12

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Web Lab 3b

I created the video for this post by opening the copy of the video  that had not been previously exported from my external hard drive into Final Cut Express. I clicked on the File tab, went to Export, and clicked on Using Quick Time Conversion. From here, I followed the directions as per the link on the Web Lab 3b directions. In the “Save As” dialog, I clicked on the “Options” button. With the “Movie Settings” dialog box popped up, I clicked on “Settings…” under the Video part. Here, I only changed the Compressor Quality to Medium. Back to the “Movie Settings” dialog, I clicked on “Size..”. In this Size Settings dialog box, I clicked the “Dimensions” drop down and chose “Custom”. After, I typed in the new desired dimensions  of 426 x 213 in the size boxes. After I was content, I went back to the original export dialog box and changed the name to something convenient for me to remember (web_lab_3_video.mov) and exported it into my external hard drive.

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Optimizing a video in Final Cut is much trickier than resizing and optimizing a picture in Fireworks. I learned that a video file needs to be “dumbed down” essentially when preparing for the Web because its size and dimensions need to be smaller for it to work how it is supposed to. However, there are several ways you can achieve this, but sizing down is the most efficient way to do this process of preparation for the Web.

 

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I created my video by using Final Cut Express. I learned how to capture the video onto the program, create a voice over, and how to include and match up background noises as well as my voice over with the video.

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Web Lab 3b

I went to a non-profit internship fair in the Wiggins Complex. I showed up around 1:30 p.m. and took video of a student meeting with a CASA representative. I took all kinds of different shots, some using signs, some actions, etc.

Afterwards, I went to my dorm room to do my voice over on the story.

Then the next day, I captured my video, edited it, and exported it to my teacher.

I learned how to shoot video, work many things I did not know on Final Cut Express, and how to capture video.

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video. Final Cut.

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Nov/12

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Video Post

First I got my video from final cut, then exported it to QuickTime Conversion. Then I went to its default settings for Internet Streaming. Next I changed the size settings to 426×213 in the dimensions category. Last, I exported it to my hard drive WordPress_Export

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Video Post

 

Acquire video from final cut, then export to QuickTime Conversion. I proceeded to go to its default settings for Internet Streaming. I then changed my size settings to 426×213 in the dimensions category. Then I exported it to my hard drive.

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Web Lab 3b

For my 30-second news package I covered the construction of the new Premiere Cinemas theater, which had its grand opening a few days later. For my package I used shots of the inside and outside of the theater to show the progress being made. Throughout my package my shots mainly consisted of medium and wide shots to establish the setting, with a few close-ups as well.

 

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I spent a lot of time at the theater trying to get as many different combinations of shots as I could, and when the manager of theater let me get shots of inside it made things much easier. I learned that it takes patience and time to get the right shots, and gaining experience with the video camera was much needed. Editing my video in FinalCutExpress was challenging at first, but over time it became easy. Learning the nuisances of the program was important for me to do well on future assignments.

 

 

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