Student senate begins election season

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Undergraduate Student Senate is accepting applications for executive positions for the 2016-2017 academic year. Undergraduate Student Senate president Elona Wilson said students who are interested in running are highly encouraged to attend an information session tonight at 8 p.m. on March 1 at 11 a.m. in the University Center Lounge.

The undergraduate student senate is made up of five paid positions: President, VP of Betterment, VP of Communication, VP of Finance and VP of Leadership. All students are able to apply for the positions and run in an election to be voted in.

Applications are due March 4 at the university center information desk.

Vice President of Communications Cameron Chow said the candidates can begin campaigning March 4 and the online elections will be held March 16 and 17.

Aside from campaigns, Student Senate is planning several big events and projects for the spring semester.

Vice President of Betterment Ben Becerra said the Senate is implementing some infrastructural changes to the annual curriculum conference. The conference used to be open to all students but will now be held for the large Student Senate and Freshman Seminar mentors. Becerra said he hopes this will help to even out the balance between faculty and staff and that the attendees will serve as representatives for their respective groups and relay what the larger student body wants.

Becerra added that the Student Senate is giving out up to $2 thousand to student-driven sustainability projects. Under the Green Promise Fund, student senate is looking for campus-orientated projects with a green focus like the hydration stations throughout campus and the compost project in Gilbert Hall. He said anyone interested in the project should email him at for more information and an application.

Chow said the big communications project will be continuing to add to and improve the app, which was released during club fair and is available for free download on Google Play and the Apple store.

Director of Student Activities Steve Klein said the team will be looking at several capitol projects at the end of the year with the left over budget. One of the considerations is adding digital signs to the library and Scott Hall.

Wilson encouraged students to contact any of the Student Senate members with any ideas or suggestions for programs or campus projects. The Student Senate office is in the Lower Level of the University Center and each of the officers has their office hours posted outside the office.


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