The 2014 Nominations Committee (NomCom)—a seven-member group charged with selecting student representatives to University committees—has experienced a decline in student interest compared to previous years, with the number of applicants falling from 227 last year to 203 this year.
Following an unexpectedly large increase of 20 percent in the total amount of special fees requested by student groups this year, Senate Chair Ben Holston ’15 and Appropriations Committee Chair Angela Zhang ’16 spent the last week modifying the special fees budgets of various student groups in an effort to mitigate any rise in the student activity fee levied on all students.
In a long discussion on Tuesday evening, the 15th ASSU Undergraduate Senate debated how to best adjust the monetary amount it had initially recommended be allocated to special fees groups.
In a short meeting Tuesday night, the 15th ASSU Undergraduate Senate voted to remove the restriction banning senators from studying abroad during their term, in an attempt to make the Senate more attractive to upperclassmen and current senators.
On Tuesday night, the 15th Undergraduate Senate expressed widespread support for a bill that would remove the current study abroad restriction for sitting senators.