Having a Voice

Feb 162004
Authors: Ben Bleckley

The Associated Students of CSU Senate will hold a special

session tonight in order to finalize and vote on bill 3315, which

would voice opposition to the academic bill of rights, HB 1315,

currently in committee in the Colorado General Assembly.

Senators have spent the last few weeks gathering the opinions of

students at their college council meetings.

Erin Simpson, president of the Engineering College Council, said

council meetings are one of the best ways for students to voice

their opinions on student government issues.

“In the College of Engineering there isn’t a lot of

communication,” Simpson said.

Councils ask their attendees to network with students in their

classes, find out how they stand on issues and report those

opinions to the council, where senators pass that information along

at ASCSU meetings.

“Other than (college councils) I really don’t know how they can

voice an opinion on this subject,” said Tyrell Fickenscher,

president of the Agricultural Sciences College Council.

Jason Huitt, speaker pro-tem of the ASCSU Senate, said senators

decide how to vote not only by what they hear at college council

meetings, but also from other sources.

“I would talk to students who sit next to me and see what they

think,” Huitt said. “Senators can get up in front of class and let

people know what’s going on. I’ve seen senators get up in front of

a class before it starts and ask a question and get a quick


Despite all these methods, some students, like Tim Hoelzle,

remain unheard. The sophomore restoration ecology major said he

hasn’t heard of ASCSU or college councils, and a senator has never

spoken in one of his classes.

All of the college council officers interviewed said the bill

was opposed at the meetings in which it was discussed.

“The students agree that we should be opposed to the bill,” said

Kayla Wagner, vice president of the Business College Council. “We

felt like there should be open discussion in the classroom. We feel

like we’re all adults. This is more something that reminds us of

high school. We can have an open, learning education.”

Others simply feel the bill is unnecessary and redundant.

“It seems like most universities in Colorado already have

something in action to help,” Fickenscher said. “It is basically

the same thing that (ASCSU) is opposing.”

ASCSU will entertain input from students at its special session

at 7:30 p.m. in the ASCSU Senate Chambers of the Lory Student


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