USS continues to iron out problems with bylaws

Kelly Pickerel

International Film Society president Jason Wilhelm discusses the progress of the group with the undergraduate student senate at the meeting yesterday. CAITLIN PRARAT | DAILY KENT STATER

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Members of the Undergraduate Student Senate continued work on the new Undergraduate Student Government bylaws yesterday, with the presentation of four positions.

John Wetmore, senator for governmental affairs, presented his work on director of governmental affairs and the two senators for off-campus and commuter students, and Andrew Ljubi, senator for business and finance, presented the proposals for director of business and finance and the senator for non-traditional students.

Wetmore and Ljubi modeled their director positions after the current senatorial positions. The director of governmental affairs will still act as a liaison between the State legislature and the university, and the director of business and finance will continue to be involved with the Allocations committee.

The two new senators for off-campus and commuter students must live off-campus in order to hold the position.

Wetmore said he had trouble establishing specific duties for the two senators.

“I don’t want to take away from COSO (the Commuter and Off-Campus Student Organization’s) identity,” he said. “Without working closely to coordinate events catering to students who live off campus, there’s no reason for two senators.”

Ljubi also said he ran into problems finding duties for his senatorial position and actually defining a non-traditional student. He originally established a non-traditional student as one who delayed enrollment, worked full-time while attending school part-time, had children and was married, among others.

It was eventually determined that the university recognizes anyone over a certain age to be non-traditional. The age is still under question.

“There needs to be some specific responsibility and action they can do,” Ljubi said of the senator.

Work on the bylaws will continue until voting begins Dec. 5.

Representatives of two student organizations also attended yesterday’s meeting and spoke to the senators.

May 4 Task Force and the International Film Society presented their post program analysis and described how successfully they spent allocated funds.

Both groups said advertising helped with each of their programs, and good attendance was seen at the task force’s Tent City presentation and the film society’s six movie dates.

USS meetings are at 4 p.m. Wednesdays in the Student Center Governance Chambers.

There is no meeting Wednesday during Thanksgiving break.

Contact student politics reporter Kelly Pickerel at [email protected]