Student Senate unanimously approved a resolution to amend the Student Union constitution by adding instructions to fill vacant student government positions Wednesday. Oversight committee chair Ben Noe said the subcommittee for constitutional reforms recommended several changes that he and his committee wrote into a resolution. The first addition inserted a clause detailing the procedures to remove a committee chair. Previously, the constitution did not contain a way to remove a chair if necessary. “This is kind of a problem because if committee chairs are slacking and not doing their jobs right, they may need to be removed,” Noe said. The resolution also modified the instructions for the selection of the Student Union treasure. “In the constitution the way the Student Union treasurer is replaced is that they appoint one of the assistant Student Union treasurers,” Noe said. “What if neither of the assistants are available to take the role of the Student Union treasurer?” Following the amendment, if this scenario were to occur, the Student Union treasurer would have two options. If he or she was available to serve another term, the treasurer could reappoint himself or herself. Otherwise, the treasurer can open the position up to applications from the student body. “We thought this increased the transparency and openness of student government so we can get some people who have not been involved in student government for years at a time into the top positions,” he said. Similarly, another clause opened up the positions of judicial council vice presidents to the entire student body. While the judicial council president has the final say over who is selected as vice presidents, Noe said this step encourages students who have not previously been involved with the council to apply. “Once again, this is with the intent of increasing the openness of student government,” he said. “We’re trying to make positions of some authority open to everyone.” The last modification to the constitution eased the process of replacing officer positions. “These changes are being made to make student government more open to the student body as a whole, and also to just make some technical changes that needed to be made,” Noe said.
Greensburg, In. — Indiana Representative Randy Frye, District 67, has received the endorsement and a check from Indiana Farm Bureau’s new AgELECT PAC (political action committee) acknowledging IN Farm Bureau’s support for elected state officials supportive of Indiana agriculture.“The AgELECT process is thorough and fair.” explains Decatur County Local and State Affairs Chairman Gary Fischer, one of the three Decatur County ELECT participants at the recent Ag ELECT candidate interviews. (Allen Bedel and Don Yager were the other two Decatur county representatives.) “Candidates are questioned about their position and knowledge on various concerns involving agriculture and community. First a candidate must be considered for an endorsement after which an invitation is given to interview with the AgELECT PAC members. If the race has more than one candidate, all candidates for the office are included. Results are kept confidential until the entire AgELECT / ELECT PAC endorsement process is complete which involves consideration and an affirmative two-thirds vote for endorsement from the local PAC representatives, the IN Farm Bureau Board of Directors and the Oversight Committee (appointed by IFB President Randy Kron) made up of representative from each district. To receive this endorsement is an honor.”Newly formed in 2017, AgELECT PAC specifically focuses on state political races allowing Indiana Farm Bureau to support state senate and house of representative candidates on a broader range thereby allowing the Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT Pac to focus more directly on national level elections. In both AgELECT and ELECT, the endorsements are valued by the candidates because the process to receive the endorsement is initially driven by Farm Bureau members at the local level in the candidate’s district.Also receiving the IN Farm Bureau endorsement is IN Senator Chip Perfect, District 43. Both Representative Frye and Senator Perfect are incumbents in the upcoming November elections. U.S. Congressman Greg Pence has received the IN Farm Bureau ELECT PAC endorsement.