Student Senate to see unofficial results of election

Samuel Nusbaum, Contributing Writer

The Student Senate will see the unofficial results of the race for senator at its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Charleston/Mattoon room of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

William Outzen, speaker of the student senate, said 13 senators are up for re-election. There are 26 open positions.

Senators petitioned to get 50 signatures from students to be eligible to run again. The ballot was emailed to students on Monday and Tuesday.

Last spring, Outzen said one senator ran for re-election and three senators ran for the first time. These senators are not running for re-election since senators’ terms are for one year. The three senators will be up for re-election at the end of the spring semester.

Outzen said he appointed senators to fill up the senate last year. These appointees are running this year since an appointment lasts one semester and a senator cannot be appointed twice.

Outzen said he appointed these senators to give freshmen leaders on campus the opportunity to serve the senate and the university.

“We have a lot of perspectives, a lot of leaders waiting to step up and serve,” Outzen said.

The unofficial results allow senators to file a grievance within three days, so potential problems can be addressed.

Samuel Nusbaum can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].