Student Senate

Voter turnout for elections hard to predict this year

Voter turnout for elections hard to predict this year

Jake Rapp, the Student Senate elections commission chair and a graduate student from Lawrence, said voting requires a little bit of effort. Students have to figure out who the candidates are, read their online campaign materials and believe that these elections matter. “One of the big responsibilities that coalitions and candidates have is to inform […]

Video: SUA amends Fee Review Subcommittee proposal to retain current student fee

Video: SUA amends Fee Review Subcommittee proposal to retain current student fee

Student Union Activities presented an amendment in front of Student Senate Wednesday to maintain the current $5 Activities fee instead of the proposed 50 cent cut to $4.50. This fee amendment would bring no change during the current year, but the amendment was accepted for next year. Senate has voiced its concerns that SUA should […]

Twitter account pokes fun at Student Senate coalitions

Not KU Elections (@KU_Elections), a new Twitter account, keeps students updated on the Student Senate elections while adding humor to the topics being discussed. “This account was created to promote information distribution about election issues,” Not KU Elections said in an email. “We would love to create interest in an important, but usually bland, topic. […]

Jayhawkers, Grow KU coalitions select Presidential, VP candidates

Jayhawkers, Grow KU coalitions select Presidential, VP candidates

Jayhawkers Thursday night’s Jayhawkers caucus ended with the selection of MacKenzie Oatman and Mitchell Cota as president and vice president nominees for the coalition, respectively. Oatman, a junior from Overland Park, ran unopposed for the candidacy. She said she’s ready to get to work for the coalition. “I want to make sure that every single […]

24 groups receive funds from the Educational Opportunity Fund

Twenty-four student organizations received a piece of the Educational Opportunity Fund for the 2014-2015 school year totaling $275,000. The objective of the EOF is to financially support persons of diversity across campus to allow them to remain within their programs of interest through scholarships or employment through organizations. More than $500,000 was requested and the […]

Podcast: Student Senate talks social media policy

Podcast: Student Senate talks social media policy

Student Senate voted 57-7-3 to oppose the new social media policy in a resolution during the weekly meeting Wednesday evening. The resolution urged the Kansas Board of Regents to suspend the policy and replace it with something new that respects public-employee speech protected by the First Amendment. “The policy is really, really vague,” said Garrett […]

Storify: Student Senate proposes textbook tax exemption to Kansas Legislature

Storify: Student Senate proposes textbook tax exemption to Kansas Legislature

Legislation that would eliminate sales tax on textbooks for Kansas university students received support from the Kansas Tax Committee Tuesday during Higher Education Day. Student Senate and other Kansas university leaders spent the day meeting with legislators in the Topeka Statehouse to advocate for the tax elimination and present the importance of higher education funding. […]

Podcast: Student Senate discusses KU info budget cuts at first meeting

Podcast: Student Senate discusses KU info budget cuts at first meeting

The full Student Senate met for the first weekly meeting of the semester to address new items of business. The topic discussed most prominently was the issue of budget cuts to KU Info. The program is facing a 50 percent funding shortfall due to cuts from libraries and KU IT, which provided funding in the […]

Student Senate budget cuts could lead to higher student fees

Student Senate ended the fall semester on their targeted budget and aims to do so again this semester, regardless of significantly lower funds due to lower enrollment rates. Senate receives funding from student activity fees and apportions funds into three accounts: block allocation, line-item allocation and unallocated. The block allocation account funds campus institutions like […]

Student Senate advisory board approves renovations to Health Center, re-examination of Housing Board

Student Senate advisory board approves renovations to Health Center, re-examination of Housing Board

Much of the Student Senate’s attention this spring will be directed toward the renovation of Watkins Memorial Health Center and the re-examination of the Student Senate Residential Housing Board’s purpose. In both cases, new lines of communication were opened in the fall and will continue to develop this spring as the current administration works to […]

Student senate passes funding changes

Student senate passes funding changes

Student senate is on its targeted budget after passing $5,280 at Wednesday night’s meeting with $24,215 left in this year’s budget. Student senate has a smaller budget this year than in years past because enrollment is down from past years and less money was left over after last spring. “Where last year we were able […]

Student Senate passes two election reform bills

Student Senate passes two election reform bills

Student Senate met last night to discuss and vote on two more election reform bills, but before getting down to business, Senate welcomed a guest speaker from the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Reflection Cody Charles, the associate director of OMA, focused his speech on conversations, specifically difficult conversations he has had with students. “I give […]

Student senators to hold meet-and-greet at The Wheel

Student senators to hold meet-and-greet at The Wheel

Two student senators are inviting students to meet with them and discuss important issues regarding the University today. The event will run from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., when students who are under 21 can enter The Wagon Wheel, located at 507 W. 14th St. Thomas Plummer, a senior from Towanda, and Mitch Rucker, a […]

Student Senate passes resolution on benefits for same-sex couples

Student Senate passes resolution on benefits for same-sex couples

Last night’s full Student Senate meeting focused on election reform and a resolution to encourage the University to give equal benefits to same-sex couples on campus. Vice President Emma Halling also addressed the issue of consent and sexual assault in response to the Al Jazeera report published last week. Halling urged the men of the […]

Election reform moves forward with coalitions intact

Election reform moves forward with coalitions intact

Most senators — whether arguing for or against the coalition resolution — agreed that the Student Senate election process needs improvement. Last week’s resolution to remove coalitions from the election process failed, but election reform legislation will be discussed in Senate committees Wednesday. Until then, Marcus Tetwiler, student body president, encourages students to speak up […]

Student senate fails election coalitions resolution

Student senate fails election coalitions resolution

Student Senate did not pass the coalition resolution at Wednesday night’s meeting after more than three hours of debate. The resolution would have influenced future election reform. Arguments for both sides were varied and senators spent a lot of time questioning the speakers on their viewpoints and the facts they presented. Marcus Tetwiler, student body […]