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All SGA referendums pass student vote

All SGA referendums pass student vote

September 26
13:14 2014

Joshua Knopp / News Editor

Three referendums from the Student Government Association were up for student vote this week, and all three passed.

The referendum that will add a House of Representatives drawn from student organizations and accompanying legislation that change the by-laws to accommodate it both passed with about 80 percent of the vote, while the referendum that will add $5 to tuition for innovating the classroom passed with 54 percent.

However, only 3 percent of the student body voted. SGA president Troy Elliott was aiming for at least 10 percent.

“There were a lot of opportunities that played into the less than 10 percent turn out. I think the major part of on the association’s end was the leadership decision by Kam [SGA vice president Kamaeron Willard] and I to hold the referendum election this early in the year,” he said. “In hindsight, I would probably say that it would have been better suited to hold the election after more time to advertise the changes to the student body.”

However, Elliott was excited for the legislations’ passage. The new structure represents his and Willard’s promise to get student organizations more involved in student government, thereby making student government more involved in student’s everyday lives.

“I am very happy with the passage of the House amendment,” he said. “I am also anxious. This is where the work for the executives will really come. I am confident that we will be able to see this project through to fruition. I am also happy that students are excited about it.”

SGA’s advocate general Adam Hasley, who spent three years working on the innovation fee idea, said he was elated at its passage.

“I am beyond exciting for this,” he said. “This is the first fee of its kind in the world that I’ve been able to find. The fact that there was a good turnout for the no means people are reading about it as well, which is really exciting.”

The fee will need to be approved at the campus level and by the Board of Regents to go into effect. Hasley said vice president for student affairs Elizabeth With and campus president Neal Smatresk already said they would pass it on to the board if it passed a student vote. He said he expects it to go before the board sometime next spring.

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