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The Weber State University Student Senate is holding an art contest where students can submit artwork for a new student fees sign that will be hanging around campus.
The signs will go outside entities on campus wherever student fees are being used, such as Campus Recreation, the Health Center and the Shepherd Union Building. The fees go to 28 organizations on campus, and the signs will go in the windows or the offices of all of these places.
The senate is working with Jan Winniford, the vice president of student affairs, and her office on this project.
“It’s Vice President Winniford’s attempt to let students know where they do go and to educate students that ‘hey, your student fees paid for this, please use these services you are paying for’,” said Brady Harris, the legislative vice president in the WSU Student Association. “I think a lot of students don’t know this many departments are available to them to use.”
Harris said the contest is looking for entries that look professional and say something like “your student fees at work” or “paid by your student fees.”
“If students see a sticker where their student fees are paying for that facility, they are more likely to go to a place where they know where their money is going,” said Krystal Garner, the College of Arts and Humanities senator. “If they’ve already paid for something and they can identify that on campus, it’s just more of a benefit towards them.”
The artwork must be submitted by Nov. 21, and the senate will look over the submissions and vote on the winner in the senate meeting on Nov. 26.
Students will be able to submit the artwork to either the Student Involvement and Leadership Office or at the senate tables, which will be around campus twice a month. The tables will also have fliers for the student senate Facebook page, which will have more information about the contest.
“Students pay a lot of money to their student fees,” Harris said, “and I believe they need to know where they are going, so this is part of that.”
Also during the senate meeting on Monday, Khristina Bills, who was previously voted in as the associate justice, was nominated for the chief justice position.
“She’s been very ambitious and very proactive,” said Andrew Gardiner, WSUSA president.
The chief justice is responsible for things such as reviewing the constitutionality of legislation, verifying student election results and reviewing the appeals made to the election committee.
Bills said the WSU Student Supreme Court is currently doing a judicial review of all the governing documents and is trying to establish groundwork to bring back a student advocate committee.
“We are trying to build a very strong foundation for the supreme court,” Bills said.
Bills was ratified as an associate justice last month by the senate. She will be ratified again for the chief justice position next week and will be sworn in the week after, along with the newest associate justice, Sarah Kortkamp.