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MSSA appoints new senator

by Dannie Higginbotham

Issue date: 11/6/08 Section: Senate News and Notes
The Minnesota State Student Association appointed a new Off-campus senator Wednesday, leaving one vacant off-campus seat and one Maverick Hall spot still up for grabs.

New Off-Campus Senator Amin Abdul Mohomed, also chairperson of the Student Allocations Committee, based his platform around transportation needs for off-campus students, including the need for more parking spaces and more widespread transportation.

"Everybody complains about the red-eye shuttle not going far enough," Mohomed said. "This affects a lot of students."

Mohomed also expressed his concern over the off-campus alcohol procedure.

"I am against sanctions for off-campus violators of the alcohol policy," Mohomed said. "We do need a policy advocated, but not this one."

Mohomed spoke about the availability of the library to students.

"Often the library isn't open as long as students need it to be, and I want to work to increase the hours," Mohomed said.

In his officer report, President Ryan Anderson gave his opinions on the senate's Get Out The Vote campaign.

"I think we had a really strong effort with good voter turnout," Anderson said. "Hopefully this will allow the city to see that students are citizens too."

Anderson said he hopes the city will consider redrawing district lines.

"It'd be nice if all the students lived in the same district," Anderson said.

Anderson also discussed the upcoming forum to be held about the new alcohol policy set for Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m..

College of Business Senator Ryan Johnson gave his opinion regarding financial issues at MSU.

"I loathe the College of Business laptop policy and tuition is overpriced," Johnson said.

Johnson also expressed concern over general education courses and said he believes they can hinder students.

"I'm in a theatre class right now and it's a great class with a great teacher," he said. "It's good for theatre majors, but I'm a business student."

Senator elections will continue next week.

 Dannie Higginbotham is a Reporter staff writer