Constitution changes bring bylaws changes

Elizabeth Bailey

After previously voting to change part of their constitution, members of Associated Students of NMU voted to change their bylaws as well.

Two weeks ago, the members of ASNMU talked about changes to the bylaws concerning elections information; paper ballots — which are now online and petitioning for students to be on the ballot and how the board deals with formal complaints.

Nothing was decided, the members were asked to consider the changes that Justin Brugman, ASNMU president drafted.

“Basically the changes are taking care of stuff that’s outdated,” Brugman said.

However, after little debate or concern, the board decided to pass the changes. A process that is not as extensive as applying for constitutional changes, all that is needed is three-fourths approval from the board.

Along with changes to their bylaws, the constitutional changes the board had voted a couple of weeks ago were approved by the referendum committee.

“The next step will be the word-smiting for the actual ballot then it will be put to a vote by the students,” Brugman said.

Drew Janego, ASNMU vice president and Travis Crowe, arts and sciences representative, are in the process of organizing an ASNMU trip to Lansing. According to Crowe, the goal is to meet with elected officials and let them know what concerns the students of NMU.

“I think it’s a good idea,” Janego said. “It gets NMU’s name out there.”

This wouldn’t be the first time members of ASNMU went to meet with officials in Lansing; according to Crowe it would be very informative.

Crowe also informed the board that this trip would barley touch any funds allocated to ASNMU.

There were three new representatives added to the roster: Alex Nye, arts and sciences, Brittany Volch, professional studies and Rachael Fisher, off campus.

There will be a Students Association of Michigan conference this weekend, and although NMU’s representative will not be attending, they plan to Skype the conference.