Portland State’s student fee committee met July 17 to discuss the budget for the student life director, a new position within the Associated Students of Portland State University. They also met to train two new committee members, Nhi Vu and Cindy Reyes.
At the end of June, college students around the country held their collective breath waiting for Congress to decide how much more it would cost to borrow money to go to school next year.
As the year comes to a close, the student fee committee is wrapping up activities, documenting final balances for fee-funded areas and finalizing documentation for the transition to a new SFC coming in with the new Associated Students of Portland State University administration. These are tasks ASPSU Vice President and SFC Chair-elect Nick Rowe called “very important to the current and continued smooth functioning of the SFC.”
Tiffany Dollar and Marlon Holmes are the newly elected president and vice president of ASPSU. The election results of the 2012–13 Associated Students of Portland State University election were released after the resolution of the eligibility of candidate Diamond Zerework. Zerework was initially disqualified from the candidacy on Monday but was reinstated Tuesday.
Transport PSU—a group of five graduate students from the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning—are researching potential solutions to Portland State’s future transportation issues. Through student surveys and collaborations with PSU Transportation and Parking Services, TriMet and the Associated Students of Portland State University, the group hopes to better inform students about the increasingly complicated transportation matters that affect them.
On Monday, May 21, the Associated Students of Portland State University elections board moved to dismiss presidential candidate Diamond Zerework due to campaign infractions, consequently delaying public release of election results. The results for the elections were originally scheduled to be released on May 22.
ASPSU elections board dismisses presidential candidate Diamond Zerework from 2012 election
On May 21, the ASPSU elections board moved to dismiss Diamond Zerework from the 2012 Associated Students of Portland State University elections on the basis that she committed four campaigning infractions. In a statement released by ASPSU and authored by Anthony Stine, current ASPSU communications director and senatorial candidate running under the “Tiffany Dollar and Marlon Holmes, Just Like You” slate, the four minor infractions include “claiming the endorsement of members of the faculty and resource centers at the presidential debate on 10 May… campaigning in the library within 25 feet of a computer lab…repeated submissions of baseless infraction petitions, and a member of her campaign being within zero feet of an official polling station.”
Tensions rose during Thursday’s Associated Students of Portland State University presidential debate, where both presidential and vice presidential candidates bantered back and forth over their qualifications and readiness to hold the executive office.