At the last full body meeting of the semester, Student Government Association (SGA) approved of two new amendments to the organization’s constitution.
Instead of having 18 senators, there will be 11 senators to each represent a different department of campus. In total, the organization would now consist of 16 members, including five members to serve on the executive board.
SGA vice president Laura Rusk explained that this change would have numerous benefits for the organization.
“We decided to make this change because makes the board smaller, so it makes it a little bit more competitive, and it also makes the group kind of closer knit,” said Rusk. “But also we've seen not only in our own board, but also nationwide student governments are having a lot of problems trying to fill their boards, so our idea was to make it smaller.”
Another amendment that was brought forth would change the senator for commuter students title to include transfer students.
“As Bridget [senator for Commuter Students] figured out this year, there has been a lot of like overlap between the two, and they kind of fit nicely together,” explained Rusk. “We just want to expand as of right now since there isn't really like a senator for transfers, so I feel like adding that is helpful.”
Senator for Commuter Services Bridget Byrne agreed this change was much needed.
“When Commuter Transfer Coalition was approved, I talked to them, and they really didn't have anyone to talk to besides me,” said Byrne. “Commuters and transfers have similar issues.”
SGA parliamentarian Alex Schultz agreed.
“It makes sense they fall under this same role because a lot of the commuters are also transfers,” she said. “Of course, some live on campus, but most are commuters.”
At the meeting, which was on May 9, Schultz also addressed the controversial May 7 Leader editorial regarding Fee Allocation Board (FAB) before going into closed session.
"To be on it [Fee Allocation Board], you can apply as an undergraduate student. The board currently is not only SGA members; it doesn't have to be SGA members, but based off the interest, that's what we ended up with,” said Schultz. “So if there's any issue with who’s on it, apply for it next year, then you can be on it too.”