The Student Senate reconvened on January 18 with a new senate and cabinet in place under the leadership of new president Darick Williams.
While some new faces are now on senate, others have left. There are once again vacancies in the senate as both Randy Deabay, former treasurer and presidential candidate, and Adam Tilsley, who was elected to the senate in the election in November, have both stepped down.
At the meeting Samantha White was elected as the new Owl Productions chair. However, the Financial Committee chair vacancy is still open, after Deabay resigned.
Both old and new business was discussed at the senate meeting. A large part of the meeting was taken up with a conference call with the American Student Government Association (ASGA) representative, who explained about their website. The UMPI student senate is a participant in this website, which will help them find out information about what other school senates are doing to address certain issues. Some of the issues that the senate wants to explore are parking, the bookstore and changing to a four-part student government.
The four-part student government initiative which appeared on the election ballots in the fall is one of the major things the senate will look into this term. They are in the process of getting an ad hoc committee up which will be in charge of researching and making decisions about it which they will later present to the senate. This committee will be made up of senators, IRC reps, regular students, faculty and staff.
Also discussed at the meeting was the issue of the length of the meetings. It has been decided to change the by-laws so that they will not state meeting times must be at 12 p.m. on Friday. Starting in February, they will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end by 1 p.m. so members can get to classes. The possibility of changing the meeting day was also discussed.
There will also be an opportunity for students to go on Blackboard and make suggestions as to what major issues, in addition to the four-part government, they would like to see the senate focus on this term. Some of the issues mentioned in the meeting were the visitor's parking lot and snow removal.
All students are encouraged to come to meetings and find out what is going on in the senate and have their voices heard.
ASGA's MISSION STATEMENT:
The American Student Government Association will provide all Student Government leaders and advisors nationwide with networking, research, and information resources and will teach them how to become more effective, ethical, and influential leaders on their campuses. ASGA also will promote the advancement of SGs, conduct research as the nation’s only “SG Think Tank,” and advocate the importance of having a vibrant, autonomous Student Government organization at every institution in America.