USG meeting rehashes old problems
First on Tuesdayâs agenda: elections. At Tuesdayâs Senate meeting, Emiko Suzuki and Scott Hummel, co-directors of elections and recruitment for USG, said revisions to the elections code should be completed by the beginning of November.
With the problems of the previous election cycle in mind, the commission plans to clarify the codeâs language and prevent similar issues.
âItâs not that the election was handled poorly last year. Itâs that the elections code was written in such a way that itâs easy to abuse,â Hummel said.
Changes to the elections code resonate with many USG officials, who witnessed last yearâs disqualification and reinstatement of presidential candidate Owen Caine and vice presidential candidate Maya Babla under allegations of improper solicitation.
â[USG President] Holden [Slusher] and I support this initiative 100 percent. I donât want anyone to ever go through something like that because of a code that could be easily amended,â USG Vice President Ashlie Chan said of last yearâs election cycle.
Second on Tuesdayâs agenda: KSCR. As Suzuki and Hummel work to address last yearâs election mishaps, USGâs financial officials and staff from KSCR are working to prevent the stationâs funding problems from resurfacing.
KSCR is requesting $2,234 from the Senate to send some of its staff to the College Music Journal Marathon and Film Festival.
KSCR originally applied to USGâs Leadership Funding Board and was told it would be receiving the money, general manager Zachary Wolf said.
But because KSCR already receives funds through USGâs line item budget, the radio station is not eligible to apply for aid from any of the funding boards. After learning that the Leadership Fund would no longer be sponsoring their trip to the festival, KSCR now has to seek funding from the Senate allocations fund in order to comply with USGâs bylaws, Wolf said.
âIt’s actually confusing at this point. I haven’t read the bylaws and I don’t know which bylaws they’re referring to, but it doesn’t seem like a malicious revocation of the funding,â Wolf said. âIt just seems like an opportunity for explanation. From our standpoint, we don’t think there are going to be too many bumps in the road.â