Open seats, open opportunity
Applications for seven spring ASUI senate positions are now open for the November elections.
“Senate is supposed to be the body that are the advocates for students, they’re the ones that go out and make sure that policies that are changing within the university are communicated to the students, if there are issues among students then they are being communicated to the faculty,” ASUI President Hannah Davis said.
Leadership, commitment and a strong love for the university are all vital to hold a job as a senate member, Davis said.
“There is a required five office hours a week and that doesn’t include from 5-8 p.m., which are the senate meetings on Wednesdays,” she said.
Davis said the positions are paid and provide students with actual work experience and a chance to have a leadership role in the community.
“I would say that the benefits are, you get to see the interworkings of the university, you are seeing more of the background of what happens, which is what I really enjoyed, or what I actually still enjoy” she said.
Davis said it is hard to find an opportunity to gain leadership experience, which a lot of college employers look for.
ASUI Communications Board Chair Hayley Lydig said working on the cabinet and in her new position means allows her to see how the university works as a whole.
“I really enjoy working with the faculty of the university just because they have so much knowledge and I’m still learning every day the opportunities that ASUI provides to students,” Lydig said.
Davis said she encourages everyone to run for a position because anyone can, and anyone with a passion for ASUI or student involvement in general, should. There will be a table outside of the Teaching and Learning Center Friday where students canto nominate anyone they think will be a good candidate for a position. Lydig said if your name is mentioned at that time, you will be sent an application packet.
“We are really excited and there will be free popcorn, that’s always cool too,” Lydig said.
Erin Roetker can be reached at arg-news.uidaho.edu