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Press Clipping: ASUM cancels meeting as executives head to D.C.
This article from The Montana Kaiman at the University of Montana mentions the American Student Government Association.

ASUM cancels meeting as executives head to D.C.

By Michael Wright

The student government canceled its meeting this week as the president and vice president traveled across the country.

Associated Students of the University of Montana President Asa Hohman and Vice President Sean McQuillan are attending the American Student Government Association conference in Washington this week.

ASUM is spending just under $3,500 to send them there, which covers travel, food, lodging and registration for the conference.

They canceled the weekly meeting after deciding nothing important was on the agenda.

McQuillan announced the cancellation in a campus-wide e-mail late Monday afternoon.

Hohman said canceling a meeting is standard practice when two of the executives can’t attend, though two other meetings this year have taken place in their absence.

The pair missed one meeting because of illness and once because they were at the state Board of Regents meeting in Billings. Business Manager Ryan Hazen ran the meetings in their absence.

When he and McQuillan were sick, Hohman said they decided to skip the meeting only a couple of hours beforehand. The other meeting they missed was a student group travel allocation meeting, which ASUM’s own policies require occur on a certain day each semester.

Hazen said whatever would have been discussed this week would be put off until the next meeting. He said a few procedural changes to the group’s policies were set to be discussed, as well as the addition of an ASUM representative to the City Council.

He added that a resolution concerning ASUM support for Rafter, the company that wants to run a mandatory program to loan students textbooks each semester for a flat rate, is slated for next week’s meeting.

Hohman said ASUM executives haven’t attended the conference since 2012, when Zach Brown and Bryn Hagfors were president and vice president respectively.

Time is set aside during the conference for Hohman and McQuillan to lobby Montana’s members of Congress.

McQuillan said he plans to ask about funding for Pell grants, a federal need-based grant program to help students pay for school.

Changes in the way Congress funds the program have eliminated the opportunity for students to get a Pell grant for summer classes nationwide, causing some to shy away from opportunities to get ahead in their programs.

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