April 27, 2011

Knox Senate ratifies new constitution and bylaws

During an important General Assembly meeting, the Student Senate ratified its new constitution and bylaws that will take effect next year. The results of the Executive Board election were also announced.

Current Vice President senior David Barton announced the Executive Board election results. Voter turnout was a record high of 47 percent, up from 36 percent last year. Sophomore senator and Vice President-elect Michael Gasparro won the most highly contested race against junior Sam Frank and sophomores JC Weinberg and Rup Sarkar.

For more post-election coverage, see page 2.

The new constitution and bylaws passed with overwhelming support. This was the culmination of months of work by Senate’s Special Committee on Rules (SCOR), which was chaired by Barton.

One major amendment made to the new constitution before its passage was to change how general assembly members would be elected. As proposed by SCOR, it would have been “delineated by years at Knox,” and as amended, it will now be determined by expected year of graduation from Knox.

Senior senator Maxwell Galloway-Carson proposed an amendment to broaden the power and autonomy of the Finance, Residential Quality of Life, and Sustainability Committees. Under his amendment, those committees essentially would not need the approval of the General Assembly.

The amendment was met with strong opposition, as many senators argued that it gave the committees too much power and undermined the importance of the General Assembly.

Galloway-Carson reasoned with respect to the Finance Committee that his amendment would reduce the amount of time during which clubs would have to wait to get funds allocated to their accounts. Though the amendment did not pass, senior President Sam Claypool said she would charge the Finance Committee with determining how to create an “emergency fund” for urgent requests, an idea which was widely supported.

During the presentation of the consent agenda, junior Treasurer Gordon Barratt noted that given the current trend, Senate will run out of money at its last meeting, and it should be more “conservative” during the last few weeks.

Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with Patch.com, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.

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