By Amrutha Sivakumar, Daily Staff Reporter
Published September 3, 2013
On Tuesday evening, the new Central Student Government assembly convened in the Michigan Union for the second time since the highly contested March elections.
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In addition to introducing new resolutions that clarified and defined rules within student government — and re-addressing an old resolution that opposed the price increase to student season football tickets — the assembly looked upon a series of agenda items.
After representatives who were unable to attend the first assembly meeting in April were sworn into their positions, the assembly voted to resolve the tie in the election for the singular representative seat available for the School of Public Health.
In the March elections, four students tied for the representative position, each garnering one vote from their school. But, because all four of those students were absent at the meeting, the assembly voted to leave the seat vacant for the remainder of the semester.
CSG President Michael Proppe, a Business senior, also informed representatives of developments between CSG and the University that had taken place over the summer, including the push for more student input in administrative decisions.
Proppe specifically referenced the new general-admission policy for home football games, which was largely implemented without advisement from University students.
Despite addressing the University’s Board of Regents at its May meeting, passing a CSG resolution against the new policy and personally speaking to Athletic Director Dave Brandon, Proppe was unable to convince the department to compromise on the issue.
However, representatives from the Athletic Department will address the assembly on Sept. 17 to discuss its reasoning behind the policy and address concerns.
“The resolution worked, guys,” Proppe said at the meeting Tuesday night, assuring the representatives of their success. “(The Athletic Department) got some bad press on it and now they are turning it around.”
Proppe also pointed to the lack of student representatives on the University Regent’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee, saying there were even more “serious, long term implications” than the lack of student input in ticketing policies.
Although the push to attain student seats on the committee was not successful, Proppe said the University Council — a joint governing body composed of presidents from the student governments of all University schools and colleges — will finalize steps to gain more input on Sept. 9 in a meeting with Regent Katherine White.
Tuesday’s agenda also included an item to elect and approve leadership positions on executive and legislative boards.
Once selected, representatives were elected to hold chair and vice chair positions on the four legislative committee and the assembly voted unanimously to confirm the executive nomination of Business senior Eric Kibler for treasurer and LSA senior Russ Hayes for chief of staff. They will serve on the executive branch beside Proppe and CSG Vice President Bobby Dishell.