Lack of participation hinders Assembly

Bradly Gill
Arts & Entertainment Editor

   One of the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s most innovative and important systems of administration is the Assembly. Yet many students are not aware of what a vital role they can play in the decision making process. Several members of UAM’s faculty have expressed concerns as to the lack of interest among students.

   The low student involvement has led to problems, most notably the inability to call a quorum.  Without the quorum, certain issues, such as the revision of the constitution to include the McGhee and Crossett campuses, cannot be achieved. In order for a quorum to be met, 77 members must be present. The regular attendance is about 50, the majority of which are faculty.

   “As long as the constitution remains unchanged, there are students on two other campuses that remain unrepresented.” said Linda Webster, chairwoman of the Assembly.

   Adam McKee, parliamentarian of the Assembly, offered an explanation as to why students do not attend.

   ďMany students donít understand the full importance of the Assembly. Also, many are non-traditional students who have families and jobs. With a crunch for time, they just can’t participate,” McKee said.

    Despite a lack of student involvement, the faculty are optimistic that students will turn out for their role in university politics. Many are eager to nominate students for the 12 positions available as representatives for each department.

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