|Paper||Southern Utah University Student Newspapers|
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|Publisher||Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah|
|Paper||Southern Utah University Student Newspapers|
J ASSASSINS PUPPETS IN THE CLASS? ON THE CAMPUS. If sneaking around at night and New methods in college teaching may bring back memories of elementary school days, but the technique seems to work. SEE shooting your enemies with cap guns sounds like it might be fun, Espionage may be your game. SEE PAGE 7. PAGE 3. 05e THE STUDENT NEWS AND VIEWS OF SOUTHERN UTAH STATE COLLEGE CEDAR CITY, UTAH Special election slated today by Fletcher Matson SUSC students will go to the polls today to vote on a proposal that would restructure the student government. The ASSUSC Senate passed a bill to amend the student Constitution by an 11 to 2 vote after two days of intense debate. The proposal will now go to the student body for ratification or rejection. Voting will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by the student government offices in the student center. If adopted, the amendments will change the current system by reorganizing duties and positions among the officials, such as those of vice president. Another change calls for the elimination of the election of class senators, instead adding another senator from each school, a move which is advisory only, according to the Constitution Revision Committee. The Committee recommended these changes for improving communication, effectiveness and efficiency within the student government after Student Body President Mark Wade submitted his ideas for government revision five weeks ago. The amendments, if passed, will not become effective until the Institutional Council reviews them to revise any legal obligations they might impose upon the college. If the changes meet with approval, they will be implemented immediately. . If they are voted down, the new administration may revise them to better fit the governmental needs of the campus. "The changes that (the senate) has agreed to put before the student body, in my opinion, are good changes and, I hope, timely, said Wade. One of the major concerns voiced during the senate discussion was the apparent lack of interest in the proposals, both in the government and on campus. Only 26 students. attended the open meeting held Tuesday to clarify the possible changes, says Maxwell, and the majority of them were involved with student government. Several officials were concerned that the apathy demonstrated at the open meeting would be reflected in a poor voter turnout today. Id be surprised if we get 200 people to vote, said Theron Jensen, business and technology senator, but if we can get 80 percent of the people who care, thats what matters. Id hate to think the campus is that apathetic, but it looks that way. The legislature considered postponing its decision for a week in order to further study the changes, but instead decided to call a special session the next day. Maxwell suggested that the extended delay would place an unnecessary burden on the candidates for the upcoming elections, who needed to know which structure to follow when organizing their political parties. Senate meets with apathy meeting. Those who came were asked to introduce themselves. The introductions ASSUSCs Tuesday open meeting to revealed that only about four of those educate the student body on the there were not directly involved with student government or were planning on proposed changes to the constitution and to answer any questions students future participation in student government. In all there were 30 students present. might have concerning them had a poor turnout . The proposed changes were presented The low attendance level was not the by Jeff Maxwell, ASSUSC vice president. The changes will affect the ASSUSC Vice President Jeff Maxwell student government in three basic areas: senate, executive council and the said proposed changes will free '.election dates. president to make SUSC stand out. ASSUSC President Mark Wade said in the existing system candidates for ASSUSC offices had to have their result of miscommunication as student nominations in by Wednesday Feb. 7 distributed the flyers on government and for the new system to take effect school hours. meeting during this year it must be passed by that time. Few, other than student government Wade also noted the apathy among members and students interested in student body by the small turn out the for in governmental positions running to the meeting. the upcoming elections showed for the by Ed Davis Jeff Maxwell, ASSUSC vice president, served on the Constitution Revision Committee which recommended the changes on which students will vote today. Officers may face GPA test Other options suggested were to set the requirement at 3.0 and to set a. Should student government officials be minimum GPA requirement of 2.5 vyhen required to have a minimum grade point elected or appointed, and maintain a 3.0 by Joe Giles average? That is one of the questions SUSCs executive council has wrestled with lately. The proposal, as made by Concert Coordinator Paul Ward, would require all elected and appointed officials to have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Grades document that a person is willing to work, stated Ward. In opposition, President Mark Wade emphasized that many people who currently hold student government positions do not have a GPA that high, yet effectively fill their responsibilities. I wouldnt qualify if the limit was 3.5, Wade said. or better while in office. Dave Taylor, acting director of student activities, said, Maintaining a certain GPA shows integrity. Further discussion will continue until a proposal for the senate is made. Wade is uncertain when that will be. Taylor also encouraged the council to keep working and make the most of their remaining time in office. If the changes in the constitution go into effect, youll have more time in office to your accomplishments, Taylor said. You would still l ve time to come up with somethi stupendous.