Student government Vice President Jennifer Babos is breaking a long-term precedent by not chairing Senate during her term, a job that has been done by the Vice President in the past.
Babos is the first to make this move and says sheâ€™s doing it to move her position in a new direction.
â€œWe wanted things to change, and that means challenging the status quo,â€ Babos said. â€œHistorically the vice president has been the leadership of Senate, and that creates a rift between Senate and Cabinet.â€
A rift that President Cooper Anderson also said typically became a problem with past administrations.
Both executives stressed that they wished to see change within the Associated Students of CSU and challenge the standards that have been put into place.
â€œI wouldnâ€™t look at this as a negative. I would look at this as something new,â€ Cooper said.
Babos said she is able to do more things with her position now that she is not fulfilling her role as speaker of the Senate, including improving relations with the Cabinet and student body.
â€œIâ€™m doing more historically than vice presidents have done in the past,â€ Babos said.
When asked what she has done in lieu of running Senate, Babos said she has held monthly meetings with the administration to discuss interpersonal violence, one of the major issues on her running ballot.
Many disagree with that sentiment, saying they donâ€™t feel the vice president is doing the job she was elected to do.
â€œI have to question her decision,â€ said Senator Keegan Schulz. â€œI believe that the vice presidentâ€™s job is to run Senate.â€
He alluded to the fact that if anyone else came into the office and stated that they would not be performing a portion of their job, there would be quick action and they would possibly be fired.
â€œASCSU doesnâ€™t have a lot of paid positions compared to the amount of people we have,â€ Schulz said. â€œThose who are paid really should do their job.â€
Babos gets paid $7,250 for her term as vice president compared to the $1,000 the speaker pro tempore gets, the person who has been filling in as speaker of the Senate.
Mary Peterson is this yearâ€™s speaker pro tempore and doesnâ€™t seem to have a problem with Babos not running Senate or the difference in pay.
â€œThe reason I donâ€™t have a problem with it is because she does so much,â€ Peterson said.
Babos has extended an invitation to meet with anyone who wishes to discuss her decision with her.
ASCSU beat reporter Jordyn Dahl can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.