With special elections for Student Government Association assistant vice presidents concluding this past Monday, the executive board for the 2014-15 academic year has been selected.
Four of the assistant vice president candidates ran unopposed with Melissa Shore assuming her role as AVP of Academic Affairs, Jaime Kisthardt retaining her position as AVP of Facilities and Operations and Anthony Wohlrab assuming his new position as AVP of University Advancement.
Robert Vasquez also ran unopposed for commissioner on the platform of encouraging more student involvement in elections.
“I want to get at least 10 percent of students voting in elections,” Vasquez said, which is up from the last general election in which less than five percent of the student population voted.
AVP of Student Affairs saw a three-candidate election with Ryan Amaral winning on his platform of getting students involved with athletics and looking into getting assistance from the Rowan Television Network to videotape senate meetings.
Molly Kull won the two-candidate election for AVP of Governmental Affairs with her platform of pushing voter registration on campus, making information accessible to students and making politics easier to understand for students.
Several resolutions were also brought before the senate, including a resolution to demote Chris Christie’s status from commencement speaker to honorary guest.
The resolution failed to pass with a divided senate, but Rowan’s Executive Vice President Toby Oxholm was impressed with the discussion.
“Though this resolution failed, I encourage you all to continue the political discussion,” Oxholm said. “The president and the board of trustees want to hear your voice.”
Another resolution, presented by the Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, failed to pass the senate. The resolution asked Rowan to stop removing students from on-campus housing during investigations of their connection with illicit behavior.
The resolution doesn’t present an alternative method to dealing with investigated students, but cited other universities’ policies enforced by universities such as Stockton, University of Iowa and James Madison University.
A resolution to purchase skateboard racks for academic buildings was approved by the senate, with an amendment to additionally include a 14-rack in front of the Chamberlain Student Center. While senators were concerned about the use of the racks, it was presented that Facilities and Operations had planned to install them, but had spent the allocated funds on bike racks. The resolution allocates money from the SGA clearing account to facilities and operations.
A resolution to keep the library open for 24 hours during finals was approved, costing SGA a $4,000 one-time fee.
Amendments to the constitution were proposed before the senate, including changing the assistant vice president title, having participants included in SGA Standing Committees, making a revision to the commission election policy and adding a resolution accessibility and review process. The vote on the amendments will take place at the next meeting on April 28.
The 3D Dance team was also moved to probation.