Wheaton Wire, September 1994
Student Government Association Vice President Candice Scholl knows that the coming year isn't going to be an easy one. She's faced with changes in the SGA constitution that require candidates for Senator positions to have previous SGA leadership experience. She is also faced with the ongoing challenge of keeping students aware of campus political issues through her role as the Student Senate President. However, despite the obstacles facing her, Scholl remains positive as she prepares to "get people excited."
The first thing on her agenda is the upcoming Senator elections on September 28th. Constitutional changes made last spring include a complete reformatting of both how the elections will be held, and who can run. In response to complaints about unequal representation in Senate, last year's Constitution Committee introduced a new election format that gives every fifty students one senate representative. For instance, in past years, theme houses each had one Senator; this year they will be combined as a quad and awarded 2 Senators to represent the approximately 100 students who live in special-interest houses. Quad elections will take the place of traditional dorm-wide voting.
Additionally, Scholl says that first-year-students will not have the opportunity to run for Senate under the revised Constitution. New provisions state that all Senators must have previous SGA experience, but Scholl stresses that students wishing to become involved can become class officers or floor representatives. The new role of representatives, she says, was created to provide a link between individual floors and their Senate representatives. The positions are open to anyone willing to become involved in the process of student representation.
Personally, Scholl has mixed feelings on the exclusion of First-year students from the Senate. On one hand, she says, "budget hearings will be a lot easier if those elected have an understanding of how it works". On the other hand she worries about filling all the Senatorial positions (In past years a large percentage of Senators have been First-year students.) and that "shutting enthusiastic people off isn't the right thing to do when you're trying to prevent student apathy." She adds however, that if seats remain open after the elections, First-year students will be given the opportunity to run.
Scholl's top priorities after the election consist of getting through budget hearings smoothly, continuing a strong partnership between Senate and Marriot Food Service through the Student/Marriot Action Committee, (SMAC) and getting tough on Senators who don't do their jobs.
Budget Hearings, held at the beginning of every academic year in order to allocate funds to student groups, have always been a challenge. Scholl says that in order to help things run smoothly, she plans to "have a meeting right after the elections to discuss both the Budget Hearings and Parliamentary Procedure."
Scholl is also looking forward to having an active SMAC committee again this year. Last year's committee played a crucial role in helping to implement changes in the food service program through the administration of surveys in a customer-driven process which Scholl looks forward to seeing continue. "The SMAC/Marriot connection will definitely be there," she says.
The new Senate leader also expressed disgust with Senators who, once elected, don't perform their assigned duties. Some she says, "don't inform their constituents at all," about issues in Senate, and others "don't even show up" to meetings. However, in her view, these are problems of the past. Scholl says that she'll "be very strict about getting back to constituents-- if they [senators] don't do it, then they shouldn't be allowed to be in Senate."
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