USS discusses plans for senate elections

Changes are in store for the Undergraduate Student Senate with the approved motion to review its charter at the meeting yesterday.

Executive Director Ross Miltner said at the next three USS meetings, the senators will discuss the possible charter changes. The changes will be finalized at the end of February in time for students to vote on them during the March 14 senate elections.

At the first USS meeting of the semester, Miltner recommended evaluating the current positions and enlarging the senate to include a more diverse representation.

USS also appointed Justin Jeffery, senator for community affairs, to join Miltner and Preston Mitchum, senator for academic affairs, in the Election Commission Selection Committee, which will recommend five candidates for the Election Commission.

In other business, representatives from Student Legal Services gave a presentation about the department’s progress since its formation two years ago.

Senior Staff Attorney Carol Crimi asked the senate to continue spreading the word about Student Legal Services.

“There is a lot of information out there that the students could benefit by knowing,” she said.

Since opening in 2005, Crimi said SLS has seen 1,400 student cases. She said 50 percent of the SLS caseload is in criminal law, and 17 percent is in landlord and tenant law.

Contact student politics reporter Jackie Valley at [email protected].