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Senate passes bylaw bill, confirmations

Jacob Rice
Student Government meeting, Memorial Union, Mar. 22, 2023.

The Senate confirmed Evan Martinez, a sophomore in political science, and Muhammad Azhan, a graduate student in chemistry, as senators for the college of liberal arts. There were also a multitude of confirmations to different committees.

“Something that I value a lot is history and throughout history, we see that the voices that often spark change are our voices, the voices that we brought represent student voices and the voices of the youth,” Martinez said. “Hopefully, I can speak on behalf of everyone here that representing the youth and having student government be a platform to uplift those voices, is a great honor.”

Azhan, who also teaches three freshman chemistry courses, said, “I have completed my coursework so I was thinking how to, you know, use this time efficiently, and the only thing I can think of is to serve the student body, and that’s why I am standing in front of you all today.”

College of Agriculture and Life Science Senator Rebecca Larson, a senior majoring in apparel, merchandising, and design, was confirmed to the public relations committee.

“I’m hoping to have a speaker come in from the university and tell us how we can improve our tabling because that is something we have struggled with in the past,” Larson said.

Larson also introduced the idea of helping students by getting a sign to better show where the senators’ offices are, to help better student accessibility.

The Senate also confirmed Dawson Chenoweth, a junior in Agricultural Systems Technology and a first year senator, to the Local Affairs Committee.

“[We] want to work on getting the ball rolling, you know, probably just going to be starting out small just to get everything going– to get our feet in the door,” Chenoweth said.

Within the batch of confirmations, 10 students were also confirmed to the sustainability committee, and one to the election commission:

  • Abby Bergstrom, a sophomore in environmental science.
  • Kailee Quang, a senior in architecture.
  • Maisie McTavish, a senior in environmental science.
  • Emelia Traina, a junior in environmental science.
  • Kenneth Thykattil, a junior in environmental science.
  • Nick Michel, a freshman in pre-landscape architecture.
  • Isabelle Gillette, a senior in interior design.
  • Brady Clausen, a senior in biology.
  • Jack Harris, a senior in environmental science.
  • Ismet Acikgoz, a senior in aerospace engineering.
  • Kyle Hughes, a junior in marketing.

A bylaw change was passed to change the name of the DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion), to IDEA, which adds the ‘A’ acronym for accessibility.  President Jennifer Holliday, a senior in agricultural studies, voiced her support behind the name change.

“We would like to keep our committee that focuses on all things related to what it is currently focused on,” Holliday said.

New Business

AfterDark, an event that is held three times a semester as an alcohol alternative for students, requested $2,000 to provide a cereal bar for students at their September event. It would feed 500 students, and have multiple types of cereals and milks for students to enjoy.

The motion was passed, with a vote of 14 saying yes, two saying no and four senators abstaining.

The Iowa State Equestrian Hunt Team was granted $3,260 by the senate to pay for facility, stall and jump rentals. In the region, only Iowa State and UW Madison are the only schools that have teams, and Iowa State holds three shows this year.

The final piece of new business that was unanimously passed, was the debt contract for the Disc Golf Club. Due to there being $2,800 mispent last year from their P-Card, this contract makes it will be repaid in other ways instead of charging the students U-Bills.


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