Senate to Vote on Tutoring, First-Year Election Bills Tomorrow

Senate will vote on two pieces of legislation at tomorrow’s regularly scheduled meeting: a resolution addressing academic tutoring and another addressing first-year elections.

Academic Tutoring

Bill author Joseph Esau wants to see “an effort to ensure that there is sufficient academic resources for undergraduate and graduate students within each department.”

Esau also would like to see the A-LEC provide more tutoring resources for limited subjects (such as junior- and senior-level courses).

“It’s really hard for students who need the help to find it,” he told Senate at last week’s meeting.

First-Year Elections

Bill authors Alex Mace (Chief of Staff), Alex Ehmke (Dedman II) and Roza Essaw (Membership Chair) want to push back the dates for first-year elections to the 4th Wednesday and Thursday of September.

They reason that the timing puts “undue stress” on the Senate Membership Chair because in addition to first-year elections, the chair is also responsible for filling other vacant seats and getting general committee members.

Pushing back the elections would also give freshmen more time to realize they can run for office and increase voter turnout, they argue.

This year’s first-year election saw about 30 prospective candidates show up to the informational meeting and less than 500 votes.

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About Meredith Shamburger

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