The Student Government started the semester with eight vacant spots. Some members have graduated; some have resigned, and others have moved up from officer position to a spot in the executive cab. Seven seats are empty in SGA.
Along with losing several class officers, Kirsty Brischke is no longer the SGA adviser. She has been replaced by Tiffany Wurdemann.
Even at the beginning of the semester a number of bills are in motion. One of the largest changes will be to the constitution. Internal Vice President Caitlin Hiett is spearheading the plan.
Hiett said, “I work with the class vice presidents on the constitution. Our main goal this semester is to completely change it. We are going to have a skeleton constitution that is cut and dry.”
Hiett only wants the essential elements of SGA in the constitution. Her plan is to cut it from a 15-page document down to three pages.
There is also a plan to have a manual that will incorporate more rules.
She said, “We amend the constitution every year, and it becomes a mundane task. It should really only be amended every five years. We are trying to make it narrow.”
The executive cabinet is planing a service project for which SGA members will serve students.
This was suggested by President Kassidy Harris. A specific project has not been decided, but the plan that is being discussed involves a finals week gift package.
Harris said, “We are looking into how to serve the students during finals. We are probably going to give out free scantrons. We don’t know exactly though; it is still in the planning.”
Along with the structural changes, officers are researching a number of significant bills.
They include legislation for a campus radio station and a new freshman seminar course to be offered to non-traditional students.
Sophomore Christian studies major Senator Eddie Kahler is continuing to push forward on two bills, the radio station bill and another regarding printer points.
He reported that the radio bill has gathered support from members of the communication department.
Kahler said, “It is a hefty bill. There are lots of details to work out, licensing, where to store the equipment, and who will do all the work. Slowly but surely we are making progress. I’m going to talk to Dr. Weathersbee … and the communications department at some point.”
Many of the non-traditional students at UMHB have military backgrounds. They may be incoming freshmen, but they have more worldly experience than the average 18- year-old. SGA is attempting to pass a bill that will create a special freshman seminar for such students.
Kahler said, “We looked at eliminating freshman seminar for them, but instead we decided to create a specific class for them. Our goal is to create something more appealing to non-traditionals.”
The loss of the long-time adviser has impacted the organization this semester.
Harris said, “SGA is going to have to have a tough role this semester because Kristy Brischke is gone, so we have taken a lot of responsibility in trying to help Tiffany. I think we have a good semester ahead of us, and I’m excited.”