Get to Know Your Student Senator: Alex Ehmke

Alex Ehmke, Dedman II Senator

Expected Graduation: May 2012
Major(s): Political Science, Public Policy, and Economics
Minor(s): History, Spanish, and Latin American Studies
Involvement on Campus: SMU Student Senate, Debate Team, One28, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity,

How long have you been a Student Senator?
This will be my third year as a student senator

What are your responsibilities in Senate (committees, etc.)?
I mostly prioritize my responsibility of writing legislation to get things changed on campus, but have also participated in the following committees:

  • Student Concerns – member
  • Organizations – member
  • Executive – Chief of Staff
  • Finance – Vice-Chair

What are your goals for the upcoming semester?
I think that the number one thing to get done this semester is to ensure that there are reading days for the spring semester. Also, parking on campus seems to be causing a lot of issues, along with a couple of other senate-internal issues.

Why did you join Student Senate?
I joined Student Senate because it seemed like a great way to affect change on campus. As opposed to starting a Facebook group about your latest complaint in order to rally support towards no constructive purpose, working through the senate process allows students to identify specific problems on campus and suggest alternative solutions. In the end, it’s one of the most effective ways to improve the SMU experience for current students and all those still to come.

Why is Student Senate important?
Student Senate is important because it helps to open the dialogue between student wants/needs and administration resources. Often, we as students have a different point of view on certain issues than do faculty. Student Senate is an important outlet because it helps to ensure that the student perspective is taken into account in important university decisions.

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About Meredith Shamburger

Meredith is a journalist working for the Longview News-Journal in Longview, Texas.
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