At the April 20 senate meeting, ASWC approved several nominations, passed some legislation, approved the 2014-2015 budget, and recognized GlobeMed as a Service Learning Organization (SLO).
An SLO participates in “thoughtfully organized service” and “fosters visible civic responsibility and engagement” according to the Finance definition. An SLO can also access the Service Learning Fund, which will have $2,500 next year.
The senate appointed Annie Boyenneh to the Diversity Committee, Faith Nyakundi to the Student Affairs Committee, and Georgina Dadson to the Enrollment Committee.
After being tabled at the last Senate meeting, Act SAS 14.3, the Power and Privilege Symposium Act was passed having been changed so that the Power and Privilege chairperson will be selected by WEB instead of the Nominations Committee.
ASWC also passed Act SAS 14.4 in the continuing effort to streamline the legislative process. This act amends the bylaws so that when students initiate an act through the referendum process, the referendum’s writer must appear before the Student Affairs Committee for legislative input and the text of the referendum must be submitted to the Oversight Chair two weeks prior to elections. Furthermore, a referendum now requires a voter turnout of 15% instead of 20% and a simple majority to pass.
ASWC also approved next year’s budget, allocating a grand total of $525,960. Many clubs received less money than they requested because it is better to fund new events and initiatives with money from contingency. Club sports funding increased by $5,000. Waiilatpu received more money so that it can distribute free yearbooks again next year.
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