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WSU Student Government Council meets in Vancouver

The Washington State University Student Government Council met on the WSU Vancouver campus Jan. 11 and 12. ASWSUV President Daniel Nguyen and Vice President Aaron Bruckner hosted the event.

The WSU-SGC is comprised of the executive teams from all WSU campuses including Pullman, Tri-Cities, Spokane, Vancouver, the online Global Campus and the Graduate Professional Student Association.

In the past sessions, SGC has altered the groups’ student government lobbying strategy, selected final candidates for the student regent position on The Board of Regents and addressed increases in Service and Activities (S&A) fees.

Contrasting previous years in which SGC has taken a more active role in effecting student life amongst the campuses, the current administration has taken a different perspective on the purpose of SGC. This year, Nguyen and Bruckner hoped the Vancouver meeting would serve to build camaraderie among the WSU campuses.

The meeting held this month on Vancouver’s campus focused primarily on S&A fees. Currently, students on each campus pay the same $250 fee each semester. In an interview, President Nguyen said that the uniformity in S&A fees places an inequitable burden on the students of the Vancouver campus. President Nguyen “hopes to see S&A fee autonomy delivered to each campus by the beginning of next year.”

Throughout the years SGC has met, one thing has remained certain. SGC working together has the ability to affect student life on each campus. Nguyen hopes the camaraderie built will equate to SGC’s ability to work together, to achieve the goal of S&A fee autonomy. The next SGC meeting will be held in April hosted by Pullman’s executives.

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