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Student Senate implements new constitution

Student Senate implements new constitution

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
December 12, 2016
Filed under ISS, News, Opinions, Semester-in-Review

From approving Indigenous People’s Day to the advocating for sexual assault awareness, the Illinois Student Senate made some big changes this semester. Perhaps one of the biggest changes the senate will enact next semester is the implementation of its new constitution. “The (new) constituti... Read more »

University RSO funding differs from other Big Ten schools

University RSO funding differs from other Big Ten schools

Adam Kaz, Staff Writer
December 5, 2016
Filed under Administration, Around Campus, ISS, News, Showcase

Most Big Ten universities give their student government the task of allocating RSO funds collected from the student body. But at the University, a separate entity is in charge of assigning the tens of thousands of dollars every year. The Student Organization Resource Fee, or SORF, Board is given th... Read more »

Student senate discusses recommending IPAC agreement

Student senate discusses recommending IPAC agreement

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
December 1, 2016
Filed under Campus, ISS, News

The Illinois Student Senate discussed the potential recommendation of the Investment, Performance and Accountability Commitment, which was approved by the Board of Trustees earlier in November, among other things at its meeting Wednesday night.   The agreement, also known as IPAC, was presented by UI President... Read more »

Elections open for students to vote on ISS Constitution

Elections open for students to vote on ISS Constitution

Jessica Bursztynsky, Staff Writer
December 1, 2016
Filed under Campus, ISS, News

Illinois students can vote on a new referendum proposed by the Commission on Constitutional Reform of the Illinois Student Senate. The ballot, accessible online at vote.illinois.edu, is open until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday. The proposed constitution, placed on the Fall 2016 Student Referendum, will allow I... Read more »

Student senate approves Columbus Day name change

Student senate approves Columbus Day name change

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
November 30, 2016
Filed under Campus, ISS, News, Top Stories

While some simply associate Columbus Day with a day off of school or western exploration, for sophomore in FAA Thereza Lituma Columbus Day represents the genocide of thousands of Native Americans and Indigenous peoples. The Native American and Indigenous Student Organization, NAISO, which Lituma is p... Read more »

Student senate ‘slammed on the brakes’ after two-thirds of budget spent

Student senate ‘slammed on the brakes’ after two-thirds of budget spent

Vivienne Henning, Assistant Daytime Editor
November 28, 2016
Filed under Campus, ISS, News, Showcase

Each new assembly of the Illinois Student Senate receives a budget to help organize its spending for campaigns and fundraisers across campus. Usually, there is enough money to fund campaigns comfortably throughout the year. But this year’s assembly has deviated from its spending plan. The senate has allo... Read more »

Student senate broadcasts meetings, short 700 signatures on petition

Student senate broadcasts meetings, short 700 signatures on petition

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
November 16, 2016
Filed under ISS, News, Top Stories

The Illinois Student Senate still needs 700 signatures by tomorrow for its petition to have the proposed student senate constitution on the Fall Referendum. The senate needs 2,200 signatures, or one-fifth of the population for the constitution to be included. They currently have 1,054 signatures.... Read more »

Student senate collecting signatures to vote on new constitution

Student senate collecting signatures to vote on new constitution

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
November 14, 2016
Filed under ISS, News, Top Stories

The Illinois Student Senate must collect 1900 more signatures over the next five days in order to endorse the Fall 2016 Student Referendum. The referendum proposes changes to the constitution, which include that the student body president and student body vice president would be popularly elected... Read more »

Students urge student senate to vote in favor of Indigenous People’s Day

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
November 14, 2016
Filed under ISS, News

Several members of the Native American and Indigenous Student Organization spoke at the Illinois Student meeting Wednesday during the public comment portion of the meeting to urge senators to vote in favor of the legislation that would replace Christopher Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day. Me... Read more »

ISS launches new website

ISS launches new website

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
November 12, 2016
Filed under ISS, News

As a way to gain more student involvement, the Illinois Student Senate has introduced an updated website for the first time in six-plus years. “The old one was particularly old and not very user friendly or appealing to the eye, and we didn’t have as much direct control over it,” Illinois Stude... Read more »

Student leaders react to contentious election

Student leaders react to contentious election

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
November 10, 2016
Filed under ISS, News

For many first time voters like Alex Villanueva, the events of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election created an atmosphere they didn’t want to be a part of. “I’m pretty disappointed in many ways and disgusted in others,” said Villanueva the vice president external for the Illinois Student Sen... Read more »

Student Senate drafts new constitution

Student Senate drafts new constitution

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
November 10, 2016
Filed under Campus, ISS, News

As a way to bring more democratic procedures to the Illinois Student Senate, a new constitution has been drafted for the first time since 2011. “Basically, we felt that we could be a lot more efficient in the way that we’re set up,” said Spencer Haydary, vice president internal of ISS and seni... Read more »