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Volume 70, Issue 142, Tuesday, May 31, 2005

News

SGA considers idea to increase attendance

By Matt Dulin
The Daily Cougar

The Student Government Association's first summer Senate meeting was quick, clocking in shy of 10 minutes, but managed to touch on two items of discussion and approve membership for its newest task force.

At-large Sen. Mark Annas, noting the diminutive size of the summer senate, proposed a change in bylaws to allow more students to take part as senators. According to the Constitution, students wishing to take part in the summer senate must submit their intentions in writing at the second-to-last meeting of the spring term. 

Changing the rule, as Annas suggested, would allow would-be senators to write in at any time in the summer. 

Speaker of the Senate Ken Maynard said the write-ins would likely go through a Senate approval process, much like the one used to approve new senators during the regular term. 

"A small number (of senators) shouldn't make the rules," Maynard said. "We want at least 12 senators." 

To change the rule, a senator would have to file appropriate legislation for a vote. 

At-large Sen. Robin Mitchell used her time on the floor to point out inconsistencies in the policy for walking at graduation. She said many students are told they can walk when they have a certain number of unfinished credits but that the number differs from college to college.

"There is some confusion over the policy ... sometimes your adviser will tell you you can walk when really you can't," Mitchell said. "So we maybe should look into a University-wide policy ... or make sure it's something we tell incoming freshmen or have available through an academic audit."

Four senators and three students, including one student athlete, comprise the Commission to Increase Attendance at Sporting Events, chaired by Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Sen. David Rosen. Sens. Catherine Hoyle, liberal arts and social sciences, Susie Uschrkrat, liberal arts and social sciences, and Emmanuel Ojobaro, business, will join students Jim Miller, Tim Jackson and Biljana Dimovska on the commission, which Rosen said could meet as early as mid-June.

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