SGA approves election committee members, Kucera discusses SGA’s obligation to student body

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Five students were approved by the Student Governing Association to serve on the elections committee after being selected by the student body president, the speaker and the attorney general.

The elections committee will be composed of Joshua Arnoldy, senior in applied music; Megan Heyen, senior in chemical engineering; Samuel Hughes, senior in political science; Stephen Kucera, graduate student in accounting and student support director; and Nathaniel Prewitt, sophomore in environmental design.

“It is good and we need it,” said Corbin Sedlacek, elections commissioner and junior in accounting.

The resolution to establish this committee passed through senate unopposed.

Kucera said he wants to “pass along” a few leadership ideas he has “come across in the last couple months.”

“It’s not good to double down on a mistake,” Kucera said. “I think in order to maintain trust as a governing organization, if we address what we do … incorrect or if we regret a decision, sometimes just running towards it is the best way to deal with that.”

Additionally, Kucera said he thinks it is important for SGA to keep the student body as the primary focus.

“Our rules and the way we conduct business might not be the best for students,” Kucera said. “If the rules that we have did not allow us the flexibility necessary to help students and address the concerns they bring up, then maybe we are holding too tight to our tradition and procedure and maybe we need to rethink or change the way we do business so we can better serve students.”

The student senate reconvenes March 1 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Wildcat Chamber. For more information about the student senate and other SGA committees, access SGA files and agendas on OrgSync.

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