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Group considers restructuring to improve transparency

Kristen Rice | Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Saint Mary’s Student Government Association discussed the possibility of restructuring at its Tuesday meeting.

Student body president Nicole Gans said she was looking to other school’s student governments for reform options.

“We have been doing a lot of research on how other schools student governments function,” she said.

Student body vice president Jacqualyn Zupancic said fluctuations in the organizations structure in recent years have been problematic. A more deliberate structure could help reduce confusion and more effectively engage the student body.

“There has been so much change over the last couple of years. We need to have something stable, a structure that just flows,” she said. “[We need] something that, going forward, makes sense. We can get so many more people involved.”

Gans solicited ideas on how the organization can be made more effective and efficient with more clearly articulated roles.

“This is a drawing board so changes can be made along the way,” she said.

Chief of staff Emily Skirtich said the efforts required of the current administration will pay off for future Saint Mary’s student leaders.

“This is a stepping stone,” she said. “Making this restructuring is difficult in our positions now, but it’s really getting a new generation of Saint Mary’s students involved.”

College Vice President of Student Affairs Karen Johnson praised the group’s effort at approving accessibility and transparency within student government.

“This opens up transparency and gets more people the opportunity to be involved,” she said. “You have really thought outside the box. It’s not just about you, but also student government going forward.”

Zupancic said the group would begin detailing the changes and drafting a revised constitution in January.