Student Government Starts Year off Strong

Supe­rior, Wi — Pres­i­dent Gra­ham Garfield started the first annual Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Asso­ci­a­tion Sen­ate meet­ing on Mon­day night in the YU. The act­ing vice pres­i­dent Kara Schmidt passed out paper plac­ards that informed fel­low Sen­a­tors of their name and title of spe­cific orga­ni­za­tion. Atten­dance was taken of the sev­en­teen mem­bers with only one Sen­a­tor absent.

Dis­cus­sion was opened to the stu­dent forum of the 3 audi­ence mem­bers who had noth­ing to add besides their atten­tion. The Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin Board had a rep­re­sen­ta­tive speak on behalf of the board’s appre­ci­a­tion of the suc­cess being done by the UW Supe­rior Sen­ate. The speaker informed Sen­ate of some key aspects that the United Coun­cil of UW Stu­dents is focus­ing on this year, such as pro­tect­ing minorities.

The meet­ing con­tin­ued with Pres­i­dent Gra­ham prais­ing Sen­a­tors for attend­ing their Sat­ur­day stu­dent train­ing. Sen­a­tors spoke on their appre­ci­a­tion of learn­ing for about being a part of Sen­ate and how to fol­low Robert’s Rules of Order. Chan­cel­lor Renée Wachter informed Sen­ate of the University’s cam­paign “Unleash your Supe­rior Side” with bill­boards to encour­age stu­dents to attend the uni­ver­sity. Also, Wachter told the Sen­ate about the new pro­gram M.E.I., Mak­ing Excel­lence Inclu­sive. After the Chan­cel­lor, the Dean of Stu­dents, Vicki Hajew­ski intro­duced her­self and thanked all Sen­a­tors for participating.

The Sen­ate  then moved onto new busi­ness of pass­ing leg­is­la­tion for fall elec­tion vot­ing for new Sen­a­tors. An amend­ment was pro­posed to add a vot­ing both in Swen­son hall in addi­tion to the included Yel­low­Jacket Union booth. Argu­ments were brought up that hav­ing Sen­a­tors to work two booths would be hard work in orga­niz­ing sched­ules and pre­vent­ing voter fraud with stu­dents vot­ing once at each loca­tion could be prob­lem­atic. Sen­a­tors pointed out that non-traditional don’t typ­i­cally enter the YU and for con­ve­nience and effi­ciency pur­poses to ensure that a larger major­ity of stu­dents vote, two loca­tions would be bet­ter than one. With a vote 5–5 and a major­ity being required, the amend­ment failed. The leg­is­la­tion to hav­ing vot­ing take place in the YU for fall open Sen­ate seats passed, 9–1.

Next  on the agenda was the approval of the board of direc­tors. When atten­dance was taken, the 6 mem­bers were referred to as “act­ing” because they had not yet been voted in by the Sen­a­tors. An amend­ment was moved to allow all appoint­ments of direc­tors to be grouped into a packet for effi­ciency pur­poses of vot­ing on one packet, rather than 6 sep­a­rate appoint­ments. The motion passed 8–2-0. The direc­tors told the Sen­a­tors about them­selves and Sen­a­tors asked ques­tions, such as what that per­son could bring to the Sen­ate. The appoint­ments were passed 9–0-1. “We have an extremely enthu­si­as­tic group this year” says Pres­i­dent Garfield. The Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Asso­ci­a­tion office is located in YU ROC and the doors are open. Email ques­tions or sug­ges­tions to senate@uwsuper.edu

Elec­tions for 5 empty Sen­ate seats are com­ing up. If you’re inter­ested in run­ning, pick up an elec­tion packet at the YU Desk and return it by Sep­tem­ber 27th 4:00pm.The posi­tions avail­able are: Math, Sci­ence and HHP seat, Stu­dent at-large, Grad­u­ate Stu­dent, and two Incom­ing class seats. A GPA of 2.0 min­i­mum is required and receiv­ing 35 or more nom­i­na­tion sig­na­tures from the stu­dent body.

Image cour­tesy of Mea­gan Guptil
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