This archived article was written by: Andrew Hardman
Empower your life through your choices. That’s what I want for you. That’s what I want for everyone, now and for the rest of your lives. We live in the United States of America, where the true power, and control, is given to us as a people. The power to vote is the single greatest power that we have over what happens on this campus, and in the world. And if we don’t use it, we give that power to someone else.
This is why I have begun my personal crusade to empower the student body of College of Eastern Utah. Maybe this isn’t important to you. Maybe you don’t care how this country is run. Well, you should! These things affect you, and if you don’t take action, then others control you. This is your college, you are CEU. Own It! Vote!
I have heard many complaints in my time at CEU about the activities, the housing, and how the school is run in general. As student advocate, I can assure you that ASCEU is constantly working to meet the needs expressed in those complaints. That is why I am happy inform you that on Feb. 20, 2008, changes will be made, and your vote will make it happen.
It’s time to say bye, bye ASCEU. On Feb. 20, 2008, the student body of this college will have the opportunity to vote on the school constitution. The current student government, the Associated Students of CEU (ASCEU), will change names, and the College of Eastern Utah Student’s Association (CEUSA) will be established. The government’s power will not strictly reside in the hands of a few paid students, but in the hands of committees, made up of students like you.
For example, instead of having just one person in charge of the special events, and another in charge of entertainment, the activities on campus will be managed by student committees, who will work under an event director. This means that you will choose the activities, and you will decide which ones happen again, and which ones were flops.
Under the current constitution, the executive board, consisting of the president and the vice presidents, has the opportunity to vote twice on issues presented to the advisory cabinet, the main body of ASCEU; once as part of the advisory cabinet, and once after the senate has voted. This means that, if they wanted to, they could push through a new resolution, because they have a double vote.
Under the new constitution, the executive board would not take part in the vote of the advisory council, but would give the final vote of approval on such issues, thus only giving them one vote. Also, if a group of students does not like the issue after the final vote of approval is given, they can petition to have it changed, and it will be brought to vote among the student body, a new power given to students.
But, possibly the most exciting part of these changes is the amount of money it will save. With the reorganization of the government, CEUSA will spend roughly $24,000 less per year. That money is money that can be used for activities, funding of clubs, and other ways to benefit CEU, to benefit you.
These are just a few of the many changes that are being made with you in mind. If you have any questions, an informational meeting will be held in the cafeteria on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. The vote will be held all day on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center.
These changes will not be made without your vote. Your vote matters, because it is how you control what happens on this campus. These issues are yours, and the decision should be yours. So empower yourself … you are CEU. Own it. Vote.