Associated Student Government passed three bills and three resolutions at the last senate meeting on Feb. 6. They all passed 23 in favor, 0 against and 0 abstained.

The bills passed were: Recognition of flute choir, recognition of the sociology club and clarifications to the Line Item Organization appendixes. The resolutions passed were: State funding for higher education, celebration of Emporia State for the upcoming founders day and class resources. 

“Access to higher education has become less accessible within the last decade for students due to unaffordability,” said Martina Miller, business administration major. “And whereas the majority of the financial burden has been placed on the student with regular tuition and fee increases rather than in increased investment from the state funding and whereas state investment is critical for supporting regent institutions in their effort to provide efficient student based services that meet the needs of students.”

The senate also had two guest speakers at the beginning of the meeting. Jerald Spotswood, dean of the graduate school and chair of the Open Educational Resources taskforce, spoke about opportunities for OER.

“Last spring we put together a roadmap, or plan, for building OER at ESU as well as a short report for the provost,” Spotswood said. “Sometime this summer, (David Cordle, provost) came to me and said ‘Ok, I’ve got some money for you. What do you guys wanna do?’ So, we met with the taskforce and they decided the best plan of action was to follow basically a plan (from) KSU, which was to build incentive grants.”

Aswad Allen, chief diversity officer, was also there to introduce himself to the senate and speak about different diversity opportunities on campus.

“My vision, first of all, is to see what your vision is,” Aswad said. “I do have some very cool ideas in terms of partnering with student leadership, faculty leadership and staff leadership.”

The next ASG meeting will be on Feb. 20 in the senate chambers on the third floor of the Memorial Union.

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