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Senate approves measure on how future senators will be nominated

Aj Handley
Students voice their concerns during a Senate meeting. Photo taken at a past Senate Meeting on Oct. 12, 2023.

The Oct. 23 Weber State University’s student senate meeting was quiet compared to last week’s when student senators heard protests from students in response to the vandalism at the Dee’s Event Center on Oct. 13.

Student senators heard about this week’s events surrounding Mental Health Week, which includes a variety of events in the Shepherd Union atrium involving coping mechanisms or learning about yoga.

Brandon Flores, the new executive director for belonging at WSU, joined the senators for a brief presentation on how he plans on making changes to the multicultural centers.

Regarding his plans for the center currently in the works, Flores discussed how “knocking down walls” will make all the difference.

“I think there’s little things that we can do to make it more inviting, more welcoming, and a lot of it comes down to our programming, a place for students to come down there,” Flores said. “They need to sense and see the value of that space, what we do, how we do it, is going to create that value, and it’s going to be inviting, that’s what’s gonna really invite people to that side of campus.”

Last week, Native American Senator Aaron Egli introduced a bill that would change the words in the Weber State University Student Association Constitution.

The bill aims to change how the student senate nominates candidates to fill vacancies in the Senate. Egli’s proposal will give organizations and clubs a say in the nominating process, while taking power away from the president and vice president.

The Constitution states that “The Executive Vice President, in coordination with the WSUSA student body president, shall nominate candidates to fill vacancies in the Senate to be ratified by the Senate”.

The change that passed unanimously in the senate comes after clubs complained that student senators nominated in the past ignored them.

The new change adds six words that will make all the difference for many students, “After consulting with the organization/club, to be ratified by the Senate.”

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