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Student Senate Safety Advisory Board meets to determine student safety projects, priorities

Student Senate Safety Advisory Board meets to determine student safety projects, priorities

The Student Senate Safety Advisory Board met with members of University administration and the Public Safety Office Thursday to discuss on- and off-campus safety projects and priorities for the 2014-2015 academic year. The main concerns brought up included the state of campus and off-campus lighting and the need to spread the word about SafeRide and […]

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Judicial Board to rule in Student Senate controversy

Judicial Board to rule in Student Senate controversy

  The Appeals Panel may have submitted its decision to the University Judicial Board regarding the disqualification of Jayhawkers after yesterday’s hearing. The Panel denied media access at the hearing site. Three members decided either to extend the appeals process, or uphold or reverse the decision made by the Elections Commission to disqualify Jayhawkers. At […]

Elections results withheld until after Judicial Board reaches decision

Elections results withheld until after Judicial Board reaches decision

[UPDATE 5:16 p.m.: Jake Rapp, the chair of the Elections Commission, said in an email that the University Judicial Board hearing on Wednesday will no longer be public, which was requested by the Jayhawkers. Kristina Maude, campaign manager for Jayhawkers, said that "the two representatives requested it be closed so they don't get nervous and […]

Elections decision postponed until Court of Appeals reaches decision at hearing

Elections decision postponed until Court of Appeals reaches decision at hearing

The Student Senate Court of Appeals has decided to postpone the General Elections results until after the Court issues their ruling about the Jayhawkers disqualification appeal. The Court’s decision could potentially mean the results of the election could be annulled, or declared invalid. “Since the decision reached tonight may have consequence for the General Elections, […]

Court of Appeals to hold hearing tonight about Jayhawkers disqualification

The Student Senate Court of Appeals will hold a hearing Thursday night from 9 to 11 p.m. regarding the Jayhawkers’ appeal of the Elections Commission decision Tuesday night. The Elections Commission disqualified the Jayhawkers coalition and all candidates for allegedly submitting a fraudulent expenditure report that didn’t include the cost of Chipotle burritos provided to […]

Last day to vote in Student Senate elections

Students can cast votes for the next Student Senate president, vice president and other senator seats until 4 p.m. today. Polling stations will be open at Wescoe Beach from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at Mrs. E’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students can vote online from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. through […]

Senate lobbying effort supports student housing

The Panhellenic Council president received Student Senate support last week on a resolution that outlined the measures of the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act. U.S. House Bill 1449 would permit tax-exempt donations to infrastructure improvements in non-university owned, nonprofit student housing entities, such as fraternities, sororities, KU Hillel and Chabad Center for Jewish Life. PHC […]

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 […]

Elections Commission disqualifies Jayhawkers for campaign violations

Elections Commission disqualifies Jayhawkers for campaign violations

The Elections Commission decided Tuesday night that all candidates from the Jayhawkers coalition have been disqualified from the Student Senate election. The Commission found Jayhawkers in violation of a rule that outlines penalties for purchasing food for a campaign event. Members of Jayhawkers allegedly purchased Chipotle for an event on March 30, which was not […]

Photo Gallery: Student Senate Debate

Photo Gallery: Student Senate Debate

Proposed referendum would let students voice opinions on coalitions

Proposed referendum would let students voice opinions on coalitions

The meeting ended with a proposal by Senate Chief of Staff Tyler Childress and Senator Mark Savoy to include a referendum on this year’s ballot that would ask the student body directly if they want coalitions removed from the elections process. Savoy said Senate must trust that the student body knows enough about the election […]

SUA fee remains at five dollars

Student Union Activities was one of the groups whose student fees were addressed in the Student Fee Review Committee’s passed bill, and after a successful attempt to amend the committee’s proposal last week, SUA is a step closer to retaining its current $5 student fee. “I am certainly happy that Senate saw that we are […]

Policy change could restrict graduate student employee hours

Policy change could restrict graduate student employee hours

A petition against the proposed University policy change to reduce the number of maximum weekly hours graduate student employees are permitted to work from 30 hours to 20 was introduced by Student Senate Graduate Affairs Director Pantaleon Florez III in the Student Senate weekly meeting. English graduate students wrote the petition this past weekend in […]

Full senate votes to eliminate Women’s and Non-Revenue Intercollegiate Sports Fee

Full senate votes to eliminate Women’s and Non-Revenue Intercollegiate Sports Fee

It’s now Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little’s decision whether or not to uphold Student Senate’s decision to eliminate more than $1 million in student fee money that goes to Kansas Athletics. In a 55-3 vote, Senate passed a bill Wednesday night to eliminate the $25 semesterly campus fee to offset travel expenses for women’s and non-revenue sports. […]

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. […]