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02 May 2017

Student Government Association must resolve internal issues

My name is Patrick Okan. I was on the Student Senate (now called SGA) from 2008-2012. I served in various roles, including as the spring 2011 elections commissioner and on an elections reform committee in 2010.

21 Mar 2013

Student Senate violates bylaws in senators’ punishment

As a former member of Student Senate, I am appalled that the Senate has chosen to punish two of its members for alleged rules violations.

18 Nov 2011

Student Senate has no partisan code

After reading Mr. Leonard’s letter in the Nov. 4 issue of the Student Voice, I feel it is necessary to set the record straight regarding service on the Student Senate. If one reviewed the Senate Bylaws – the document which, among other things, governs the behavior of Student Senators – one would find no reference […]

07 Oct 2010

Vandalism on campus leaves many upset, offended

The UW-River Falls GSA recently participated in the national “You Are Loved” chalking event. Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally community devoted time and energy into writing positive, uplifting messages. In the wake of recent tragedies on other University campuses nationwide, this was all the more timely and meaningful. Positive messages of […]

05 May 2010

Regardless of outcome, students should hold Student Senate President accountable

If you walked around campus at all a couple weeks ago, there’s no doubt that you noticed plenty of sidewalk chalk in preparation for the upcoming Student Senate elections. If you read the Voice last week, you probably saw the front page headline regarding the new Presidential election. But besides these things, when do you […]

10 Mar 2010

Senate member corrects errors from United Council article

This letter is in response to last week’s Voice article regarding United Council. First I want to say that I’m glad that Mr. Billingsley chose to write this article - the students deserve to know the story. At the same time, there are some errors in the article that I feel need correction for the […]

24 Apr 2009

Gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Just because the United States may be by majority a “Christian” nation, the government does not have the right to force Christian ideals or systems of belief on its people. Doing so would be in direct violation of the First Amendment.

13 Mar 2009

Students’ voices able to be heard

In response to the column regarding Student Senate, I wish to highlight all the good that Senate has done this year.