SEC reforms under way

The Student Executive Council (SEC) is continuing to move towards the reform it hinted at last semester with the formation of a new task force that will evaluate the organization’s current structure and look at how to improve it to better reflect the needs of the student body.

The SEC is made up of the umbrella organizations on campus, including the president and finance chairs of the Class Officer Collective, the Interfraternity Congress, the Panhellenic Council, the Residence Hall Association (RHA), the Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative, the University Media Board, the University Program Board (UPB) and the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), as well as representatives from off-the-tops Springfest, Senior Week and Thwing Study Over. They manage the allocation of the Student Activities Fee (SAF), the approximately $177 per semester that each student pays on top of tuition.

According to SEC chair Andrew Hodowanec, a reform task force will be created at the first meeting on Sept. 10 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Gaming Room.

Hodowanec, in addition to Vice President for Student Affairs and SEC Advisor Lou Stark, determined the membership of the task force, which will be chaired by Tara Tran, team captain of the Case Model United Nations team. Members were chosen from various backgrounds, academic years and affiliations.

Previous reform proposals had been put forth by current USG President Chippy Kennedy and former USG president Taylor Gladys, as well as RHA President Victoria Robinson. Kennedy and Robinson will both sit on the task force. However, Hodowanec said that they will not be giving preference to any of these past proposals.

“We will be starting with a clean slate,” he said.

The task force will meet weekly, with the goal of creating a new constitution by the end of the year. Any reforms would be subject to an SEC vote.

Details of the task force will be discussed further at the Sept. 10 meeting. Questions should be directed to Hodowanec via