Last senate meeting features bylaw changes

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Senators spent their last meeting of the semester discussing bylaw changes for judicial review process and hear multiple open period speakers.

Attorney General Joe Oaks, junior in political science, presented amendments to the SGA bylaws concerning judicial complaints, sanctions and appeals. Changes were primarily concerned with administrative hearing process to further clarify and smooth the manner of appeals. Recommendations for expulsion or suspension may not be forwarded to the president until the deadline for an appeal has passed without an appeal being filed or unless an appeal has already taken place.

Michael Reichenberger, graduate in nuclear engineering, presented amendments to allow appeals to be made in other manners than just online, as well as other grammatical changes. His amendments failed and were not added into the bill.

The bill was special ordered and passed by the senate to ensure a smoother first three weeks of the next semester for the judicial branch.

Representatives from the Sport Club Allocations Committee presented to senators about the wide reach of the 28 club teams and the work the committee does. Recently, the committee leadership changed and sports club are now represented by sports club members as a whole, rather than members selected by the Recreational Services. The committee allocates funding to individual sports clubs. Throughout the spring semester, sports clubs requested a total of $287,341. The committee received $57,000 to allocate to sports clubs.

Jed Dunham from the Friends of Memorial Stadium presented to senators about his project to find the stories of each of the 48 students who lost their lives in World War I, “48 Fallen, 48 Found”. Dunham shared the story of Eddie Wells, a former football player who died fighting in the war.

Former Student Body President Reagan Kays, senior in agribusiness, and former Speaker of the Senate Abby Works, senior in chemistry, spoke to senators about the work done by Tuition and Fees Strategies Committee, which they co-chaired last year. The committee recommended surcharges of $15 for the College of Business and $15 for the College of Engineering. They also discussed a $25 fee and surcharge being added for College of Human Ecology and potential 5 percent tuition increase.

Christopher Roehrman, sophomore in fine arts, presented to senators about why he felt that K-State should add a free expression wall for students to feel free to paint or draw on a designated wall on campus. He also discussed allowing people to more freely use the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex.

Cody Clair, director of technology and junior in management information systems, presented an update about the K-State app, which will be updated throughout the summer.

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