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SGA passes referendum, grants Frisco campus future Senate representation

SGA passes referendum, grants Frisco campus future Senate representation

SGA passes referendum, grants Frisco campus future Senate representation
November 01
01:03 2018

Following the passing of a referendum last week, students attending the Frisco campus can now gain senatorial representation as early as next semester. Of the 45 senate seats afforded by the Student Government Association constitution, two currently reach a location other than the main campus.

The referendum states that one senate seat would be allocated during the next apportionment period in spring 2019 as long as the legislation is signed by Vice President of Student Affairs Elizabeth With. The bill, proposed by SGA President Muhammad Kara, went to the student body for polling during Homecoming voting last week, giving students the opportunity to vote Monday and Thursday.

Election board members Daniel Landry and Ben Livesay, along with Election Commissioner Paige Sennet and Election Board Advisor Melissa McGuire, certified the 86 percent ‘yes’ vote on the referendum. Of the estimated 38,000 student population, the turnout was about 4.6 percent.

“The referendum passing will now allow for the college in Frisco to be represented,” Kara said. “Just as how Discovery Park has senators from College of Engineering and College of Information, [our] hope is that the college within Frisco will now have a seat.”

Kara said the administration has not yet tapped a candidate at this time but outreach will show those at the Frisco college the opportunity is now present.

Arouj Emmanuel, undergraduate transfer Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS) student, said this is her first year at UNT and at the Frisco campus. Emmanuel said she solely studies at the Frisco campus and the location “feels a lot smaller.”

Emmanuel said she had no knowledge of the referendum or possibility of Frisco campus representation. When talking about areas the Frisco campus could improve, Emmanuel said some of the main issues she sees include resources for students.

“I think the main thing that’s missing is a library and also a cafeteria,” Emmanuel said. “Even if it’s one thing, like a Subway or something.”

Emmanuel said she thinks the Frisco campus potentially gaining representation within SGA is a good idea and that the students at the Frisco campus should be more involved with the main campus in Denton.

Similarly to Emmanuel, psychology senior Shana Matthew studies at the Frisco campus and had not heard of the SGA’s referendum nor the organization. Matthews said the college having a seat in the senate would be a good idea.

SGA Vice President Dominique Thomas said the purpose of the Frisco Constitution Addition bill is to provide the students on the Frisco campus a representative to speak on behalf of their experience.

“I personally think it’s important we reach out to Frisco students because they are UNT students as well,” Thomas said. “It’s kind of like Discovery Park and UNT’s main campus. We need to make sure we’re reaching out to these secondary campuses.”

The Frisco campus is approximately 35 minutes away from the Denton campus by car, depending on the time of day and other variables. Thomas said she wants to give the potential senator options to participate in the weekly senate meetings outside commuting between cities.

“I think it would be a good idea to implement a survey for Frisco students just to see what would be best for them,” Thomas said. “I think it’s important before we give them a set-in-stone idea to actually hear what they want and see what they say. We should do research and just think about it and be strategic about the things that we want to do.”

Featured: The “New College at Frisco” sign at the University of North Texas Frisco campus. Adriance Rhoades

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