The Associated Student Federation Forum discussed a proposal for its reconstruction among other topics in an open forum last Wednesday.
“The basic purpose of the event is to get student input on the changes that we would like to make,” said Dana
McJunkin, ASF president.
With an audience of four, the ASF representatives began by describing why a new constitution is being proposed.
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Through the introduction of the Campus Activities Board, ASF can now focus more on advocacy.
Since the Federation’s purpose has been slightly altered, a call for a new constitution was apparent to the executive board.
“I’m glad that they are making a change, so that the students could have a voice because since my freshman year I felt that the students didn’t have a voice,” said Bjorn Biggles, sophomore communications major.
As a result of the new constitution, the ultimate goal would be to focus on student issues, McJunkin said.
ASF wants to be the “go to” people when students have a problem.
“I think they are on the right path,” said Elide Flores, sophomore psychology major. “It’s going to be especially hard considering that ASF doesn’t really have a positive outlook by the students.”
The reconstruction of the constitution would call for the current constitution to be thrown out and a new one to be written.
Preliminary ideas call for three class representatives to replace senators and ensure that there is a student representative present in each administrative committee.
“I think it will be a very good idea because the students really need someone to speak for themselves on this campus especially,” said Kendell Smith, senior music major.
However, in order for this to occur, a referendum needs to be passed.
Therefore, ASF did not hold campus-wide elections this week but will hold a week long referendum ending next Wednesday.
The referendum, if passed, would allow the reconstruction of the constitution and have the current executive board preside over the transition process next semester.
If the referendum does not pass, then regular election in accordance to the current constitution will take place in the fall.
The forum offered the students a chance to voice their concerns to give ASF an idea of popular issues on campus.
The few students present explained their opinions about the performance scholarship misconception and the Mr. ULV controversy.
Aside from the current controversy, Smith had a problem rationalizing the addition of CAB and therefore splitting the responsibilities.
“My main concern is accountability – to make sure everyone gets their job done,” Smith said.
“We are splitting up the groups and the communication is going to be broken,” he added. “So, I think the meeting was very productive.”
McJunkin and the other ASF representatives attempted to speak on the subjects without overstepping their boundaries.
“I think we got a lot of student issues that came up that we weren’t aware of, things that we could look into,” McJunkin said. “I think that we are getting conformation that we are making this transition process and students are hearing about it. It’s good to find out what they are hearing and how much they are hearing.”
If the referendum passes, there will be future open forums concerning the rewriting of the constitution, some focused on specific sections.
Andres Rivera can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.