Western Herald – WSA throws their support behind aviation busing route
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WSA throws their support behind aviation busing route

Megan Higdon

Western Herald

Joe Wei Looi/Western HeraldWestern Michigan University Student Association senators begin their weekly meetings with the Western fight song.

Joe Wei Looi/Western HeraldWestern Michigan University Student Association senators begin their weekly meetings with the Western fight song.

 

Following up from last week’s meeting, the Western Student Association passed resolution No. 0910-3 to provide tuition funded and, in the view of the supporters, equal busing to the College of Aviation in Battle Creek, Mich. on Nov. 11. 

The discussion continued with a majority of the concerns about the cost. A proposed budget was provided and the most students would have pay through their tuition would be $2.78.

Not including start up costs, the College of Aviation busing would actually be the cheapest bus route on campus, College of Aviation Senator Issac B. Adler said. 

 Many WSA senators raised concerns over the costs fluctuating and if students in the College of Aviation would actually take advantage of the new busing.  

“It would be nice to have a ride out there, instead of having to fill up the gas tank twice a week,” Chris Vogtmann, the senator from Alpha Eta Rho said about the drive to Battle Creek, Mich. 

Even with some doubts, the WSA threw their support behind the resolution with a vote of 55 for, four against and two abstaining.  

Although the university administration still needs to make the final decision, aviation students Adler and Vogtmann have high hopes that the university’s decision will be one in favor of the new bus route.

“I am very excited about the decision from WSA, last week looked kind of grim,” Adler said.“WSA feels that this should happen, and it is great to have their support.”

In addition, Resolution No. 0910-4 was proposed by Speaker of the Senate Andrew Ladd to provide more clear and defining roles for college senators. Ladd wants to have senators from individual colleges focus their efforts on interacting with students within each college.

“This is just targeted for college senators as a way to increase interactions between senators, the college’s administration, and students within each college,” Ladd said.  

The resolution passed 54-5-1. 

Three new senators were also appointed to the WSA at the meeting — Johanna Schlueter to the College of Health and Human services, Emily Kellis to the Haworth College of Business, and Joe Stando to the College of Arts and Sciences.


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