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Volume 68, Issue 150, Monday, June 23, 2003 


SGA to amend election policies

By Geronimo Rodriguez
The Daily Cougar

Nearly three months after Student Voice members were found in violation of the Election Code, the Student Government Association briefly addressed the code in its second summer meeting on Wednesday, but stressed that reviewing it will be the SGAis chief agenda this summer.

"The major problem was that the election code is too ambiguous," said Speaker of the Senate David Burkley. "We want to make it black and white so what happened last semester wonit happen again."

During the meeting, which was not attended by SGA President Dawona Miller, Burkley said reviewing the SGA Election Code "is the big project right now" and altering it should be the first issue of the first regular senate meeting on Sept. 3.

The Daily Cougar reported on March 25 that the Election Commission found Student Voice in violation of the code in 13 of the 35 instances alleged by Will Dres, a senior political science student.

On April 25, the Universityis Hearing Board ruled in favor of Miller, who was accused by Nick Somarakis, who ran against Miller for the SGA president position, of misusing student fees in her March re-election campaign.

SGA, which met in the University Centeris Bluebonnet Room, also appointed Donica Beckett to director of public relations, Katawna Walker to speaker pro-tempore and Rojelio Mendoza to senator at large seat No. 2.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Room. Students are welcome to attend and address the Senate.

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