Student Government implementing new changes

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The current Student Government Executive Board represented the students of West Texas A&M University for the 2014-2015 school year.

The current Student Government Executive Board represented the students of West Texas A&M University for the 2014-2015 school year.

Edward Akinyemi, last year’s president, was reelected to office and newcomer Kathryn Salcido will serve as Vice President. There no one in the running for the Chief Justice position, so for the time being Cameron Tipton will retain his position.

 

“It’s great to see what hard work and dedication can get you,” Akinyemi said. “We now need to get the word out by using social media to our advantage and continue to represent the student body at the highest level it’s ever been.”

 

There is also a legislative branch that consist of Senators from the different colleges around campus. One of the newly appointed senators for the College of Fine Arts and Humanities, Kase Wilbanks, says he hopes to leave a legacy at WT.

 

“It is important that students have a voice in the legislative body that can address issues and concerns they have in an effort to make changes that benefit them,” Wilbanks said. “I hope to leave this university knowing that it will be better than when I joined the WT family. I want the university to be a place that provides just as many, if not more, opportunities for success than I have had.”

 

After the student elections, the newly appointed and reappointed members of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Student Government will vote on bills, resolutions and changes to the constitution. The hope is that the student government process helps prepare students for real world government scenarios.

 

Bonnie Brazee, graduate student, said all students should check out what student government at WT really means.

 

“Go to a couple events and see what it’s all about,” Brazee said. “It’s not like high school so just go see for yourself.”

 

One change that has already been implemented by the student government at WT is a shuttle that will run to Wal-Mart for students who do not have their own transportation.

 

Student Government positions last for two semesters or a one year term and elections are held each spring. This year, there are still a few Senate vacancies and students are still able to apply for some of those positions.

 

For more information of Student Government and how you can potentially fill any vacancies, you can visit the WT home page and search Student Government for a vacancy application and submit it to Student Affairs.

 

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