SA senators release proposed constitutional amendments

Four Student Association senators released their proposed changes to the body’s governing documents Sunday night – revisions which, if passed, would change the responsibilities of the executive vice president, get rid of non-voting freshmen senator positions and create new positions in the organization, among other changes.

SA Sens. Nick Polk, U-at-Large, Michelle Tanney, CPS-G, and Michael Komo, CCAS-U, along with SA Sen.-elect Jamie Baker, CPS-G, will bring the changes before the Senate Tuesday night at a special meeting on the Mount Vernon Campus.

The new constitution, if passed, would eliminate the EVP’s role as chairperson of the Senate – splitting the EVP position into two separate entities. Instead of the EVP running Senate meetings, a “Speaker of the Senate” – who would be voted into office by senators from within the body – would lead meetings.

The EVP’s role would be to advocate on behalf of the student body, a similar job to that of the SA president.

“In light of splitting the EVP, we resolved to add a new duties to the office of Executive Vice President, whose duties would essentially be to assist the President, and to assume the position of President upon a vacancy,” the four senators wrote in a press release.The President and Vice President would be elected on a ticket.”

The proposed Constitution would also eliminate the three non-voting freshman senator positions and instead create a “House of Freshmen.”

“The bylaws seek to create a ‘House of Freshmen,’ which will be comprised of members of the freshman class in an effort to encourage their involvement with student governance and advocacy,” the authors wrote.The House will be advised by the Executive Vice President, and will have its own elected President to oversee and execute initiatives.”

Jordan Chapman, the SA’s vice president for judicial and legislative affairs – a position tasked with making sure the SA follows its governing documents – said he agrees with some of the changes, but thinks the four senators went about the changes in the wrong manner.

“The year is almost over. Why the rush?” said Chapman, a junior. “Is it because the driving forces behind it won’t be here next year? This is why people hate the SA, and frankly, I don’t blame them.”

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