Student Government to host final meeting of semester, seat executive members


Newly elected vice president, Vishesh Bhatia, leads the first Student Government meeting of his term April 16.

Madelyn Ostendorf

Student Government will host its final meeting of the semester Wednesday in which they will confirm 14 members of cabinet and see three finance bills.

Sen. Jacob Schrader will introduce a bill titled “Removing Potential Conflicts of Interest in Election Commission Succession.” The bill is intended to limit any possibility for conflict of interest, as well as to change the order of succession to allow the vice commissioner to succeed the chair if it is late in the term, removing a potential conflict of interest.

“Under current Bylaws, there exists the potential for students involved in elections to have a direct say on a replacement Election Commissioner during an election,” according to the bill.

The following executive positions will be confirmed:

  • Lauryn Perk and Sarah Longmire—Co-Directors of Student Org Relations
  • Shubham Sharma—Director of Information Technology
  • Emily Rizvic—Election Commissioner
  • Martha Broadnax—Director of Residency
  • Devyn Leeson—Ex-Officio Ames City Council Liaison
  • Jenna McCarthy—Graphic Designer
  • Kathryn Walker—Senior Director of Governmental Affairs
  • Elena Hoffman—Director of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Carrie Swartz—Director of Outreach
  • Raia Arbisi—Director of Health and Wellness
  • Sarah Moody—Senior Director of Academic Affairs
  • Rachel Origer—Senior Director of Student Services
  • Johnny Murphy—Senior Director of Communications
  • Rebekah Wilson—Director of Media Relations

The senate will also seat two members to the Special Student Fee and Tuition Committee.

Student Accessibility Services will be requesting $5,560 to help pay for equipment for students who need assistance to use to travel around campus, such as crutches, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and knee scooters.

“Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and the Iowa State community has a strong need for more equipment for students to travel to and through campus,” according to the funding request document.

The Catt Center will be requesting $11,500 to fund the 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration Kickoff to be held on February 14, 2020, which is the 100 year anniversary of the founding of the national League of Women Voters by Carrie Chapman Catt. The event will host breakout sessions to discuss the history of the League of Women Voters of Iowa, a discussion of women’s political participation and a brief history of women’s engagement in social movements.

The Arab Student Association will be approving a line item transfer of $1,500 from the original use of “Arabi Night Food” to the “Malaysian Cultural Night AV Tech Fees.”

For more information or to contact your senator, visit The senate meetings are open to the public at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the Campanile Room of the Memorial Union.

Editor’s Note: Devyn Leeson is the print managing editor for the Iowa State Daily.