Fee increase, restructuring will not be voted on in ’07 general election

Student Association President Lamar Thorpe’s proposed changes to the structure and spending of the SA – originally scheduled to appear on the ballots during this week’s elections – have been postponed to allow for consideration by the SA.

Thorpe’s proposals, which he introduced in January, consist of two significant changes. The first is a restructuring of the SA that would keep the student court but add an executive board to oversee a newly configured legislature and office of the president. It would also create committees that would replace the senate.

The second is an adjustment to the amount of money that is given to fund student organizations by increasing the student fee. The SA now charges students $1 per credit to fund student organizations on campus. Thorpe is proposing that the SA raise that amount to $2 per credit because of an increase in the number of student organizations in recent years.

The changes were originally scheduled to be voted on during this week’s upcoming elections on Feb. 21 and 22.

The restructuring proposal will be debated in the senate on Tuesday and the issues may be voted upon in a special referendum later this semester.

-Megan Buerger

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