ASCSU Hears New Legislation on Student Funding, Access and Equity – The Rocky Mountain Collegian

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Colorado State University Associate Student Senate members hold the first fall semester senate meeting on September 1. (Cat Blouch | The Collegian)

Associate students at Colorado State University met for their 13th semester session on December 1. ASCSU discussed the open position of the speaker pro tempore and heard two pieces of legislation.

The post of speaker pro tempore is currently open, and the ASCSU Senate leadership has chosen to wait until the spring semester to elect a new speaker pro tempore. According to MP Jackson Hunter and Budget Affairs Committee Chair Lizzy Osterhoudt, they decided to do this in order to allow enough time for news of the vacant post to be released.

“Within ASCSU, historically, there has not been much awareness of identities and marginalized populations especially within (student diversity programs and services),” Osterhoudt said. “There have been countless years where we have paid elections, and they are really influential here on campus, but the students are not told; there is not a lot of outreach that has been done for these positions.

Osterhoudt also explained how President Kyle Hill contacts the offices of Student Diversity Programs and Services, meets with principals and sends emails advising them of the position.

“We just want to make sure that all students on this campus are fairly contacted and informed of this position,” Osterhoudt said. “Especially since it is a paying student job. So we just need the time to make sure we have extensive communication with everyone here on campus.

ASCSU also heard new legislation, Bill 5106 “Fixing Formatting Errors”. This bill seeks to change the formatting of ASCSU’s constitution, which will make it easier to read, more aesthetic, and ensure that the constitution meets accessibility guidelines.

“BSOF is a great way for people to get involved in ASCSU with low engagement, so I also like that it increases the opportunities” – Emily Baller, Chief Financial Officer

According to the bill, it is difficult to see which paragraphs go with which article in the current constitution and which paragraphs go with which article. Additionally, some parts are left-aligned and others are justified, and the font and font size do not match the accessibility of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“The bill literally solves all of these problems,” said Emery Jenkins, author of the bill. “It makes the sections, subsections and paragraphs easier to demarcate and see which parts of the constitution go with what. The font size has been increased, I believe to size 14, for normal text and 16 for all headings, so that people can actually read them, and it’s ADA compliant.

The bill will be sent to the internal affairs committee.

Finally, ASCSU ratified the statutes of the Council for the financing of student organizations. The BSOF’s board of directors is made up of five senators, four non-executive members and one executive member. The board of directors voted unanimously on the new statutes.

According to Emily Baller, chief financial officer, the bylaw changes give board members more time to allocate funds. In addition, the BSOF will now be made up of a larger number of ASCSU members, including the Director of Finance, two cabinet members, senators, members of the Senate, and members “in general” who do not. ‘do not hold other positions within ASCSU.

“BSOF is a great way for people to get involved in ASCSU with low engagement, so I also like that it increases the opportunities,” Baller said.

Baller also said that the BSOF board of directors has created new liaison positions that reflect the needs of the board. These new positions include Social Media Liaison, RamLink Liaison, Table Liaison, Engagement for Registered Student Organizations, Communications and Professional Development.

According to Baller, the BSOF’s board of directors has also made a change that will give it discretion to decide whether it can fund certain events.

“In the past, if promotional material had been created, the BSOF could not fund this event,” Baller said. “We changed that to give the board discretion to decide whether or not it can fund.”

“A lot of these changes were made in an effort to modernize the board, to make us work more efficiently,” Baller said.

The statutes of the BSOF have been adopted.

Contact Piper Russell at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @ PiperRussell10.