March 1, 1999

Campus Senate to see full student contingent

Forty-four candidates vie for twenty-five seats in this week's elections

by Josh Renaud
staff assistant

Forty-four candidates will be competing for 25 student seats in the University senate this week.

Students in the University senate have been under fire for their lack of attendance at senate meetings recently. So, members of the Student Senate Election Subcommittee and the faculty and staff members working with them said they were very encouraged by the number of candidates who applied.

"I think it's great, what's going on around the campus," said Sue English, the senate's administrative assistant. "The students who are calling and asking questions seem to be very interested in getting involved."

Also pleased was senate chair Jeanne Zarucchi, who spoke at the Jan. 21 Student Government Association meeting. At that meeting, she said student senator attendance had been low, and that some in the senate were suggesting reducing the number of student seats.

"I think [44] is a great number," she said, "because as long as there are more candidates than there are seats to fill, there will be a genuine election. The most important thing, however, is for all twenty-five seats to be filled by people who want to serve."

Gail Babcock, a co-chair of the Student Senate Election Subcommittee, said she thought the turnout was significant and would help keep students represented in the senate.

"If students don't participate [in the senate] and those seats get cut, then I think that could be a dangerous thing," Babcock said. "It would not be good to not have a voice in the senate."

Babcock said she and the other members of the subcommittee worked hard to let students know about the upcoming elections and to encourage students to run for the senate. She said they need more volunteers to man the polls on Thursday and Friday.

The polls will be open on Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and they will be open again that evening between 5 and 7 p.m. The polls will also be open Friday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. English said they were looking for students who could volunteer if only for an hour during one of the polling periods.

"The more people who volunteer, the more locations we can provide," English said.

Any students who are interested in volunteering can reach English by calling 516-6769 today only.

This article was reprinted with permission from The Current.

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