At Tuesday’s Senate meeting, ASSU Executive Vicki Niu ’18 confirmed that a dining hall will be open during spring break of the 2017-2018 school year. Many students pushed for the change to combat food insecurity among lower-income students.
The Constitutional Council decided unanimously that Lizzie Ford ’20 will remain on Senate, despite another candidate’s assertions he should replace her per an ASSU bylaw on upperclassmen representation among senators.
In the 19th Undergraduate Senate’s first meeting, Lizzie Ford ’20 was sworn in to replace Matthew Cohen ’18 following his resignation. Senators also elected Kojoh Atta ’20 as Chair and passed a bill to alter the Senate’s policy revision process.
This election cycle, undergraduate Senate candidates numbered just over half of what they did last year; while 40 students ran for Senate in 2016, only 24 ran in 2017, with only two senators running for reelection.
The Senate proposed impeachments of Constitutional Council members for “obnoxious” and “dishonest” behavior. It also passed a bill to produce an online forum for suggestions for ASSU discussion.
On Wednesday, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) modified funding guidelines and unanimously approved on a joint bill with the Undergraduate Senate that will put an amendment to the ASSU constitution up for vote in elections.
Although the student body will vote on a multitude of candidates and Annual Grants in the upcoming ASSU elections, absent from the ballot this year are student-submitted referenda. This election season, there were three student-submitted referenda up for petitioning; however, none of them acquired enough signatures to move forward on the ballot despite strong backing from various student groups.