LOGAN — Many people are focused on national and state elections this year, but student elections are going on at Utah State University. A debate will take place Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. in the Taggart Student Center and a Town Hall will be held Wednesday night from 6-7 p.m.
On KVNU’s For the People program on Tuesday, nationally-recognized journalist and current Utah Statesman reporter Allison Berg said the important thing to remember about these elections and positions is they are not like traditional governmental positions.
“They’re the voice of the students and they’re kind of the first step of the governmental process. When they pass legislation, there’s two different bodies of student government. When one body passes a piece of legislation, it goes to the other to be heard, voted on and then it goes through a series of steps. Eventually, it goes to the student body who votes on certain measures for approval. Then it eventually goes to the president of the university,” explained Berg.
Berg said the biggest thing student officers vote on is student fees. If any campus entity wants to increase their funding through a student fee increase, they need to go to the fee board, which is comprised of all the student body officers, as well as three students at-large.
AUDIO: Allison Berg talks to Jason Williams on KVNU’s For the People on 2/25/2020