Source: The State Press
Author: Scarlett Heydt
Downtown students now have a more direct say in how their campus is run after they ratified their constitution, changing the student advisory board to a student government.
With elections coming up, the winners will be the first to be part of a complete student government. Most changes will not take effect until the beginning of the new election term May 18, after commencement.
With a new student government, student organizations will have a new procedure to get funding for their organizations.
Before, students filled out a proposal application and the executive board allotted funds accordingly. Students will still have to fill out proposal applications, but now they must go to the senate’s inner-committee council meetings. If a student organization misses more than two meetings per semester, it is not allowed to receive funding for a year. The inner-committee council will meet once a month during the fall and spring semesters.
“This was part of our constitution, and it’s a way for us to bridge connections between [student government] and student organizations,” nursing junior and the Associated Students of Arizona State University Downtown president Rabia Abdulmajeed said. “We want to be updated on what student organizations are doing — not only so we can make sure two groups aren’t doing the same thing, but so we can help promote these activities to students.”
Another difference with a new student government will be how elections are run. In past years, students interested in running for an elected position read a speech to the current student advisory board and were then voted on by the board, Abdulmajeed said. The coming elections will be decided by student voters.
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