A petition to initiate a student vote for a $2 per credit hour athletic fee increase has been submitted to Student Government Association.
The SGA executive staff is in the process of verifying the signatures before initiating a student vote.
“Right now, we’re waiting on the information from CTC in order to get (the petition verified),” student body president senior Bradley Stramel said. “We’re going through the verification and nothing has been definite yet.”
A student vote last year fell 21 votes short of approving the fee increase.
According to the SGA constitution, in order for the petition to be valid, it must contain signatures from 10 percent of the student body, along with full names, school addresses, majors and classifications.
As of the 20th day of the spring semester, enrollment was at 4,015 students, but that number has likely gone up since then.
If names are discarded and the petition comes up short, Stramel said it would have to be discarded and started over again.
However, if the petition is approved, the student body president must set a date for a campus-wide election within 30 days.
Elections for student senate and student body president and vice president will look slightly different this year.
The number of senate seats up for election decreased from 33 to 30. Three freshman seats will
be filled next fall.
The number of humanities seats decreased from six to four, and the number of health seats decreased from seven to six.
Each seat represents 130 students.
As of Wednesday, 19 applications for senate seats had been turned in, seven of them vying for the six business and leadership seats.
“It’s starting to look like students are getting interested in applying and being in the senate next year,” Stramel said. “I would expect it would be a fair and honest race amongst all the seats, and I hope to see more students applying.”
No one has applied for student body president and vice president. Applications are due at 4:30 p.m., April 2 in the SGA office. Voting takes place April 7-8.
Students will be able to vote either through TigerTracks or at a booth in Memorial Union.