By Isaac Meadows
An active Summer election season has drawn to a close with 10th Thursday’s transition meeting.
In an interview with The Technician, Director of Student Life Programs Debbie Stewart expressed that she was pleased with the level of participation. Student Senate has not had more than one executive position contested in elections since before 2006; this year, all three of the top spots had at least two candidates, and three students ran for the two Senior Representative slots. Ms. Stewart also expressed support for the Senate’s recent constitutional changes to the election process, and added, “In addition to the process written in the Constitution, I’d like to see Senate hold some sort of candidate forum during elections. I’d like to see [the candidates] get up and talk about what they believe in.”
While the election process is over, a few Senate seats remain unfilled. Open seats for Sophomore Representative and Multicultural Representative will be filled by an application process as outlined in the Constitution. These positions will be announced and applications accepted for at least ten days before Senate selects one applicant to serve. This process generally concludes at the very beginning of the school term to allow the appointee a full year of service. The announcement for applications may be made as early as the work term.
In addition, service on the Senate committees is not open only to Senators. The Vice President of Senate and the individual committee chairmen have the responsibility of assembling committees to achieve goals set for them by Senate, and they ask the assistance of whomever they choose. While a number of non-Senators have served on committees in the past, individuals close to the matter have suggested that the current administration will seek to expand Senate’s visibility by appointing many non-Senate members to the committees.
Finally, appointments to the KSG Finance, Operations, and Academic councils occur at the end of Winter. These appointments are by application, and openings depend on the number of council members graduating or leaving each year.