USG expands, begins revisions to its bylaws

Kelly Pickerel

Work on the new Undergraduate Student Government (USG) bylaws has begun after positions were assigned during yesterday’s Undergraduate Student Senate meeting.

Executive Director Katie Hale said each senator will begin work on the details of 16 new seats involved with the reorganization of Senate.

“You won’t be writing bylaws right now,” Hale said. “You’re just taking the initiative on this specific position.”

The new USG will be comprised of 25 elected and appointed senators. The nine existing senators of USS will become the executive cabinet and together will work with the 16 new senators as a whole.

The 16 additional seats will represent the 10 academic colleges, diversity, on-and-off-campus students, international students and non-traditional students.

Hale said she’d like to see all of the bylaws completed by mid-November.

“This is not a specific timeline,” Hale said. “I just want to get started. Going into December, we’re going to be busy with school, and this has to be done by Christmas break.”

Some of the senators said they felt rushed having to finish the bylaws by November.

“I have a decent grasp on overlying issues, and that will help the flow of our process,” she said. “I can help ease your concerns with having to do it all by November.”

Donna Carlton, USS adviser, said everything involving USG has to be set in stone by January because elections are in March and there has to be enough time to release information so students are ready to run for the positions.

Senators must have an overview of the bylaws as a whole and research prepared for the next meeting.

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

Contact student politics reporter Kelly Pickerel at [email protected].