Questions of transparency continue to dog Student Union Executive Officers in the wake of the governing body’s decision to cancel next fall’s WILD, with critics suggesting that Exec might be setting a precedent for long-lasting changes to the semesterly concert without first seeking student input.
Social Programming Board, the organization responsible for planning the WILD concert each semester, released a statement Friday afternoon confirming the cancellation of next fall’s WILD and blaming Student Union Exec for the decision.
In an effort to convince the University to expand the use of solar panels on campus, Student Union Senate passed a resolution and created a petition to display additional support for the clean energy option.
Although there were 11 open seats in this year’s Student Union fall elections, only 10 have been filled so far, despite a competitive ballot. The vote count to determine the winner of the last open spot—the candidate with the 11th most votes—was exactly equal for Treasury hopefuls freshman Kyle Jeter and sophomore Jonah Klein-Barton.
Student Union has pledged to train one-fourth of undergraduates—approximately 2,000 students—in bystander intervention skills to address potential situations of sexual violence by the end of the academic year.
Student Union has formed a new committee meant to reach out to student organizations in need of help with publicity. The newly formed Student Union Public Relations Committee works with student organizations around campus to publicize their events through fliers, social media, photography and other methods of advertisement.
Student Union Speaker Series’ most expensive speaker will be appearing at an event charging an entrance fee, but organizers and SU executives say they are working to ensure that Washington University students are able to hear Ellen Page’s speech free of charge.
Ellen Page, Jessica Williams and Eddie Huang are among seven speakers and a panel that Student Union allocated over $200,000 to after more than seven hours of debate.
A resolution calling on the Washington University board of trustees to add the Student Union president to the board passed Student Union Senate unanimously on March 17.
Slates were eliminated from this year’s elections, so students had to individually decide to run for office. SU Exec had four uncontested positions, including president, while sophomore Mike Holtz ran against junior Hunter Malasky for vice president of administration, winning with 59.41 percent of the vote.