Student Senate Candidate Deadline Approaching for Elections Next Week
Minot State students interested in participating in student government can now campaign for student senate. The Student Government Association (SGA) will be holding its senate elections on Sept. 17 and 18.
According to the SGA website, senators represent all of Minot State University’s three colleges: the College of Business, the College of Education and Health Sciences, and the College of Arts and Sciences. There are also senators that represent off-campus students, general degree students, graduate students, freshman, and student-athletes. Besides the bi-weekly Student Government Association meetings at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights, these senators sit on various faculty committees across campus.
“I think the most important thing that student senators do is sit on committees around campus, so when they have faculty committees, whether it’s regarding students' rights, whether it’s regarding changing student policies — any faculty committees — they have student representatives on there. That really gives students that representation and voice and outlook in faculty decisions,” DeAndra Miller, senator of the College of Arts and Sciences, said.
But not all majors are represented by the student senate.
“If you see that there is nobody from your major on there, think about how much your voice in underrepresented,” Miller said. “Even if (there’s a senator) from the College of Arts and Sciences, but it’s a bunch of biology or chemistry majors, that doesn’t really represent your major, or even if it’s an art major, it doesn’t represent you as an English major or you as a communication major.”
Declarations of Intent to run for office must be completed and sent to the SGA president, Aaron Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org submitted at the SGA office located on the second floor of the student center by 4 p.m. on Thursday.