A Guide to Your Spring 2015 Elections

Below is a description of everything you will see on your ballot tomorrow.  We hope it is informative, and hope you vote at: su.wustl.edu/vote!

Student Union Exec

President: the President of Student Union sets a vision for the entire organization, and attends all high-level university meetings on behalf of the student body.

Vice President of Administration: the Vice President of Administration focuses on internal improvements to Student Union, advises numerous executive entities, chairs the Recruitment and Retention committee, and coordinates all internal events (inauguration, elections).

Vice President of Finance: the Vice President of Finance allocates the $2.9 million budget of SU, and advises numerous executive entities.

Vice President of Programming: the Vice President of Programming advises all the programming groups within SU, and works to improve campus programming initiatives.

Vice President of Public Relations: the Vice President of Public Relations publicizes all SU events, manages the website, and chairs the SU PR Committee

Class Council

President: the Class Council President sets the entire vision for the organization.

Vice President of Administration: the Class Council Vice President of Administration focuses on working with other entities in SU on behalf of their class council.

Vice President of Finance: the Class Council Vice President of Finance manages the budget for their class council.

Vice President of Programming: the Class Council Vice President of Programming is the point person for all Class Council programming.

Vice President of Public Relations: the Class Council Vice President of Public Relations publicizes all Class Council Events

Senate

Senators represent their academic divisions, and work on projects and resolutions to advocate for the needs of the student body.

Treasury

Treasury Representatives hear appeals over $1,000 from Washington University’s student groups, and work to approve new student groups and student group budgets.

Board of Trustees Poll

The following section serves as a student poll regarding student representation on the Board of Trustees. The results of this election will be taken to the University administration.
Student Union believes an additional student serving on the Board of Trustees would help foster more communication with students and the administration, in which information can smoothly be relayed across various parties.

Currently, the two student representatives on the Board of Trustees are reviewed by a committee comprised of administrators and student leaders. The committee provides a short-list of potential representatives, and the Board of Trustees ultimately chooses the applicants suitable for the position. These student members have no formal avenue to communicate with the student body.

Student Union Senate believes a student chosen directly by the student body would serve to increase communication between students and the Board of Trustees of Washington University. We would like to see the SU President, who is elected by the student body, as an additional student representative on the Board of Trustees. This would allow for more student representation in university-wide conversations initiated by the Board of Trustees and create a formal channel in which students chose their representation to the university’s highest authority.

There are currently two undergraduate representatives on the Board of Trustees, both selected by the Board. Do you believe that the Student Union President should serve as an elected undergraduate representative to facilitate communication across the WashU Community?

A YES vote on this poll indicates support for having the Student Union President sit on the Board of Trustees, in addition to the two appointed Student Representatives.

A NO vote on this poll indicates support for having only the two appointed Student Representatives sit on the Board of Trustees.

 

Block Funding Amendment

Current Language

Section 4. Block Funding

c. Block Funding Allocations shall irrevocably replace all other sources of funding from the
Student Activities Fee for a period specified in the petition of either one (1) or two (2) fiscal years, to be allocated evenly on an annual basis.

Proposed Change
c. Block Funding Allocations shall irrevocably replace all other sources of funding from the
Student Activities Fee for a period specified in the petition of either of one (1) or two (2) fiscal years, to be allocated evenly on an annual basis.

A YES vote on this amendment will require student groups to apply for Block Funding every year. This will not impact groups who received their Block Funding allocation in the Fall of 2014.

A NO vote on this amendment will keep the current two-year cycle option for Block Funding.