Student Government News
Freshman Elections Information for Fall 2011
Listed below are the important dates to mark on your calendar if you are interested in joining Student Government.
Students trade beach for politics
While most students were enjoying the beach or mountains during spring break, five students from Baylor's student government and the Baylor student ambassador program traveled to Washington, D.C. for the "Big 12 on the Hill," a program lobbying for causes that affect the Big 12 conference as well as Baylor in particular.
SING foils Student Senate meeting agenda
Due to SING-related absences, student senate tabled the Disqualifications Redefined Act, which addresses the electoral code, at Thursday's meeting.
Student government seeks student input
As Baylor begins to look forward to a time after Baylor 2012, it is beginning to further plan the future direction of the university. Student government will help produce the goals of this new strategic plan by collecting student opinions and passing on the reports to the strategic themes committee, which analyzes the responses to determine major themes.
Students share input on Baylor's future with Student Government
Students from all over campus played their part in planning the future of Baylor on Tuesday by going and voicing their opinions at Student Government's strategic planning input sessions.
Starr, Jackson to host town hall forum
Student Government will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday during which students can participate in a Q&A session with President Ken Starr, Dr. Kevin Jackson, vice president for student life, and Houston senior Michael Wright, student body president.
Controversial bill passes in last Senate meeting
Student senate passed 12 bills, including a controversial bill that would reallocate Student Senate's diversity committee into its community affairs and public relations committees, during its last meeting of the semester.
Student government revisits electoral code
Student senators voted to reject a bill that defined disqualification in the electoral code in the Student Senate meeting Thursday.
Eyes wide shut: Blindfold facilitates talk
Baylor Student Government hosted the fourth annual "Blinded" event in Barfield Drawing Room on Tuesday in a continued effort to encourage discussion between students on controversial topics.
Parking issues hashed out at meeting
Matt Penney, director of parking and transportation services, explained at the Student Senate meeting over how his department is working to fix the current parking situation at Baylor.
Sale of wrist accessories to benefit United Way
Student government is sponsoring a fundraiser to support United Way of Waco-McLennan County.
Box top drive to provide books to local school
Student government is collecting box tops to benefit J.H. Hines Elementary School for the second year, this time to raise money for the school's library.
Opinion: Make most of opportunities to be involved
"I would like to extend a word of thanks to all those students who participated in last week's Inaugural events. From my vantage point, I observed significant student involvement in the various activities."
Last Student Senate meeting features praise, bill votes
At Student Senate's last meeting of the year Thursday night, Interim President David Garland thanked student government officers and senators for all of their hard work.
BU and The Great Recession
The Great Recession has affected nearly every aspect of American life, including the ability of some students to get a Baylor education.
Senate nips smoking bill in the bud
After lengthy debate Thursday night, Student Senate did not pass a controversial smoking bill that would have proposed restricting smokers to a few areas on campus.
Lariat Letters: StuGov leaders speak up on ways they're representing student needs
It is our distinct honor and privilege to serve as the duly elected student body officers of Baylor University. This is not a position we take lightly, and as such, we felt it appropriate to respond to the concerns raised in last Friday's editorial: "Student Government should better represent its students."
Student officers, Starr talk concerns
The announcement of Judge Ken Starr as Baylor's new president has initiated a multitude of reactions from the student body, ranging from confidence in Starr's abilities to concerns about how the new president will handle issues that face students.
Baylor student body welcomes Judge Kenneth Starr to the Baylor family
Student Government is pleased to welcome Judge Kenneth Starr as the fourteenth president of Baylor University.
Raising funds for a fallen country
Students have overwhelmingly responded to the earthquake in Haiti by organizing four ways to help with the relief effort...
Student officers present concerns to Garland, regents
Student body president Jordan Hannah, external vice president Emily Saultz and internal vice president Michael Wright met with Interim President Dr. David Garland Tuesday and discussed the progress the regents have made in becoming familiar with student needs.
Student government leaders dedicated to serving
The Baylor Lariat touches on the roles and commitments of the Student Government Leaders. Article By Bethany Moore.
Lariat Letters: Lariat miscommunication concerning Student Government
Student body president says student government is here to listen to students
Point of View: EVP encourages community involvement
It is hard to believe we are already a third of the way through the fall semester. By now, we have all settled into our new routines, reconnected with old friends and made new friends and reacquainted ourselves with life at Baylor.
Baylor's constituents' opinions differ on effectiveness of presidential search listening sessions
As Baylor University's presidential search advisory committee mulls input from the school's various contingencies, the discussion has turned to what the Baylor family members want in their next leader and whether their voices will be heard.
'Baylor Experience' changed for student body president
Many people talk about the Baylor experience: what it means to be a student at Baylor. For some, it's their involvement in student organizations. For others, it's the classroom experience and relationships with professors. And for others still, it's the athletics program, the beautiful campus or the Christian environment.
Regents announce search process, SG responds
On March 6, Dr. Howard K. Batson, chair of the Baylor University Board of Regents, announced through a university press release the appointment of both a presidential search committee and presidential search advisory committee. In a public statement, Student Body President Bryan Fonville expressed disappointment with Batson's announcement, stating that the Regents' decision "was not in the best interest of Baylor."
Presidents' Round Table features former White House Webmaster
On Monday, February 9, Student Government and the junior class officers hosted the presidents and vice-presidents of various campus organizations for Presidents' Round Table. This year's banquet featured keynote speaker Jane Hampton Cook, a Baylor alumna and former webmaster for President George W. Bush.
Students wear blindfolds for diversity discussion
Approximately 100 students sported blindfolds for the 2nd Annual Blinded diversity discussion. Conversation at the event centered on diversity topics ranging from race and ethnicity to sexuality.
Saylors to serve as student voice for presidential search
Chelsea Saylors, a senior from Rowlett, Texas, is the only student representative chosen for the new presidential search advisory committee. The 10-member committee includes members of the Alumni Association as well as Faculty Senate. Saylors will begin committee work this semester and continue as a graduate student next year.
Student Senate develops new committees to tackle student concerns
Student Senate has been tackling new issues since establishing three new committees this past month. The new committees are the diversity committee, the safety committee, and the technology committee. Each one was designed to fill a need that had previously gone unmet.
Private conference equips student leaders
On Feb. 28, Student Government hosted the Conference of Private Universities at the Mayborn Musuem. The second annual conference welcomed representatives from six of Texas' private universities' student governments.
Student Government response to search announcement
Student Body President Bryan Fonville released a statement earlier today regarding the Regents' announcement on the presidential search.
Regents approve new programs, facilities
Baylor's Board of Regents approved on Friday a new doctoral program in curriculum and teaching in the School of Education and announced a naming gift from Ted and Sue Getterman of Waco for the Getterman Softball Practice Facility.
Guarding a legacy
As the presidential search process continues, Baylor's Board of Regents meets this week on campus for the second time during the current interim period. While the hiring of a president is one of the board's main responsibilities, Baylor regents work yearlong behind the scenes to see to other aspects of the university.
Senate discusses sustainability staff position
Concerns over Baylor's sustainability efforts around campus sparked a Student Senate debate Thursday.
Students and faculty work together to find new Student Life VP
A search is now underway to fill the vice president for student life position, soon to be vacated when the current holder, Dr. Dub Oliver, leaves to become the president of East Texas Baptist University in July 2009.
Open Positions Provide Opportunities to Serve
Student Government will have approximately 6 open senator positions for the 2009 spring semester and approximately 5 slots on the Student Court. While these positions range in role and function, each is equally important to the success of the organization.
Encouraging the Student Voice During Election Time
This semester, the Student Government Legislative Relations committee worked hard to promote and encourage student participation in the November election.
Rock The Vote, a week-long event at the beginning of the semester, challenged students to exercise their voice by participating in this year's elections. The event gave students the chance to register to vote and to talk about their opinions on key themes of this year's presidential campaigns.
Students gain 50 parking spots
To alleviate parking frustrations, Baylor Parking Services will convert an estimated 50 faculty and employee spots in the Speight Parking Garage to student parking before the semester's end.
All-University Thanksgiving More than a Good Meal
In what has become a tradition at Baylor, the 3rd Annual All-University Thanksgiving Dinner brought more than 3,000 students, faculty, and family members to Fountain Mall for a time of good food and fellowship.
Allocation Fund Supports Campus Organizations
In the Fall 2008 semester, Student Senate allocated $75,000 from the Student Government Allocation Fund to over 15 student organizations for events that contribute to the student life experience at Baylor. Among the organizations receiving funds were Kappa Omega Tau (KOT), for their annual KOT Christmas Tree Lighting, and Brothers Under Christ (BYX), for Island Party.
Student Government launches new logo and Web site
On September 17, Student Body President and Garland senior Bryan Fonville announced a new logo, Web site and other changes being made within student government's communication department.
Baylor Presidential Search Update
The Baylor Student Government unanimously approved a resolution concerning constituency representation in the upcoming Presidential Search during a Student Senate meeting held on October 23.
Student Senate calls for improved campus lighting
On Thursday evening Student Government passed a resolution calling for better lighting on campus. The bill advocated that new light sources be added outside of Fountain Mall, Castellaw Communications Center and the McLane Student Life Center.
Bill denounces racial clashes, Obama-bound
Interim president David Garland told Student Senate Thursday evening that he was deeply embarrassed and extremely disturbed by the post-election activities of a few students. In response to the incidents, Student government passed a bill of disapproval on behalf of the student body.
Regent visits Student Senate
For the first time in two years, a member of Baylor's Board of Regents, Dr. Howard K. Batson, paid the Student Senate a visit at their meeting Thursday night.
Students need voice in BU presidential search
Is the Baylor family dysfunctional? In the past few weeks, there has been a lot of talk concerning the "Baylor family." The greatest problem is that we've forgotten what being a family really means.
Ramsower: I take full responsibility
Baylor's vice president for finance and administration took responsibility Thursday night at Student Senate for the cash incentives given to freshmen who retook the SAT.
Bill presented to unify search process
A special proposal calling for representation of faculty, staff, students and alumni in the university Presidential Search Committee was unanimously approved by Student Senate at its October 23 meeting.
President search may get outside input
The resolutions passed by Faculty Senate and the Alumni Association propose that the search committee include members representing other groups at Baylor rather than just Regents.
Student Government to sponsor Hay Day Straw Poll
As the presidential race nears its conclusion, the Baylor Student Government seeks to politically educate students, faculty and staff about the presidential candidates.
Baylor admits 'goof,' will not offer SAT incentives again
After being denounced by college admissions circles nationwide for financially enticing enrolled freshmen to retake the SAT, Baylor officials said Thursday they made a mistake.
"Did we goof? Yeah we goofed," said Lori Fogleman, director of media relations.
Baylor 2012 should not come at cost of integrity
Ultimately, the decision about SAT scores is really just a symptom of a larger problem. As Baylor progresses towards its 2012 goal, it's seems more and more intent on fulfilling as many of the imperatives as possible. There is a serious problem with this mentality, though.
Student Government to host Presidential Straw Poll
WACO, Texas-- The Office of the Student Body External Vice President has announced that the annual Hay Day Straw Poll will be held on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008.
Late Night Access to BSB
We would like to announce some big changes taking place on October 20th at the Baylor Sciences Building and the Central Libraries (Moody & Jones). Based on student input, the decision has been made to conduct a pilot project, for the rest of the fall semester, to extend the hours of the Baylor Sciences Building.
Dr. Dub Oliver Named ETBU President
East Texas Baptist University today named Dr. Dub Oliver, vice president for student life at Baylor University, as ETBU's president, effective June 1, 2009. He will succeed current ETBU President Bob E. Riley, who will retire next summer after 17 years as the university's president.
Editorial: Freshmen given peripheral treatment in SAT testing
With Baylor 2012 looming in the near future, it seems Baylor is using some cheap ploys to try to better its rankings. Baylor officials offered the incoming freshman class, ironically the Class of 2012, $300 toward Baylor Bookstore purchases and the possibility of more scholarship money, to retake the SAT this past June.
Faculty and staff may have to pay for parking decal
A special committee is considering numerous changes to the campus parking policy, including charging faculty and staff for parking, as well as adding variable parking rates for students.
Statement on regents' decision
The Baylor University Board of Regents released a statement announcing their intent to seek a new president. Harold Cunningham, former chair and current member of the Baylor Board of Regents, will serve as acting president until an interim president can be appointed. Below is Baylor University Student Body President Bryan Fonville's statement concerning the situation.
Baylor Board Votes to Seek New President
The Baylor University Board of Regents voted today to begin the search for a new University President. Board Chairman Dr. Howard K. Batson said the decision was necessary in order to unite Baylor's many constituencies and move the University forward in its next period of growth and renewal. Batson said the move represents the Regents' acknowledgement of a need for unifying leadership as Baylor strives to achieve its goals under Baylor 2012.
If approved, fund will rise to $5 per student
Student Senate has proposed to make significant changes to the Student Life Fund beginning next semester.
Senate uses the fund to allocate money to student organizations for events on campus, but the fund has not been increased in at least four years.
Students to be blinded for discussion
At 6 p.m., race will be nonexistent and gender will have no place in perception. At 6 p.m. in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center, people will see others for how they truly are.
Fonville elected student body president
Student Government elections ended Tuesday, April 22, with Bryan Fonville claiming the student body president position.
Student Government elections results in
Results for student body and class officers, excluding the student body president, were announced Thursday night.
One Book, One Waco announces summer book
The One Book, One Waco communitywide reading program has announced that the Summer 2008 reading selection will be Marley and Me by John Grogan.
Academic Affairs shines light on student rights
Sen. Parker Short and the Student Senate Academic Affairs Committee have been hard at work this semester on a variety of projects, most notably being the development of a Student Bill of Rights.
A semester in Student Senate
Wondering what Student Senate has been up to? This semester, senate has allocated money to Relay for Life, Martin Unplugged and NSCS.
Student Government travels to Austin to talk faith & values
On Friday, March 28, seven members of the Baylor student government traveled to Austin for a weekend leadership conference focusing on faith and values. The 2nd Annual Texas Student Leadership Forum brought together more than 50 student leaders from various universities across the state of Texas.
Former, current EVP join Brooks College for Sunday dinner
The weekly Brooks College Sunday evening dinner brought past and present student government leaders together with faculty for an evening of community.
Student Government filing to begin
With the national spotlight shining on the 2008 presidential candidates, Baylor Student Government is revving up for an election of its own. On Tuesday, March 25, Baylor Student Government will begin to accept candidacy applications for Spring 2008 elections.
Junior Class hosts Presidents Roundtable
On March 4, 2008, Student Government welcomed the presidents of a variety of campus organizations to the Blume Conference Center (5th Floor of the Cashion Building) to enjoy dinner and exchange ideas.
Legislative Relations brings Project Vote Smart to campus
Project Vote Smart will be bringing their motor coach to Baylor University on March 3, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The nationwide bus tour will be parked on 5th street near Fountain Mall.
Summit brings students, community together
The Second Annual College-Community Summit gave students a peek outside the Baylor bubble, most prominently including a look at downtown development projects that will significantly affect the future of Waco.
Baylor to host One Book, One Waco authors
Still haven't checked out One Book, One Waco? Well now is your chance.
One Book, One Waco will feature the authors of Same Kind of Different As Me, Ron Hall and Denver Moore, today in the grand finale of its event series. The Unity in the Community Author Presentation will be at 7 p.m. in Waco Hall and is open to the public.
EVP hosts DBU, TCU for conference
On Saturday, March 1, the Office of External Vice President hosted the 2nd Annual Conference of Private Universities (CPU). The purpose of this conference was to strengthen the relationship between private universities in the area. Representatives from Texas Christian University, Dallas Baptist University, and Baylor University were in attendance.
Mayborn parking to accomodate students
The senate voted unanimously to pass a parking resolution stating that there should be a designated area for student parking at the Mayborn Museum.
Editorial: 'One Book' step toward one Waco
See what the Lariat editorial board has to say about One Book, One Waco.
One Book to unite Waco
The power of a good story to stretch across the boundaries of race, gender and background to unite people together in an appreciation of diversity withstands the test of time.
Poll says Huckabee, Obama
With the Texas primary set for March 4, Baylor students are taking part in a political fever that's spreading across campus.
To promote political enthusiasm on campus, Student Senate's legislative relations committee sponsored a straw poll Tuesday, where students placed a piece of straw hay in a labeled box for their favorite candidate.
Student Senate fills vacant positions
Student Senate approved seven nominations for vacant positions in student government at Thursday's meeting.
Ramsower speaks to Student Senate about campus changes
Baylor administration is looking toward the future of the university and making long-term plans for its improvement. The Campus Master Plan, a long-range master facility plan projected to be completed within the next fifty years, has been drawn up. Dr. Regan Ramsower, vice president for finance and administration, spoke to Student Senate about the plan during Thursday's meeting.
Student senate committee to hold straw poll on Super Tuesday
Student Senate's legislative relations committee is holding a presidential straw poll election on Feb. 5 in conjunction with Super Tuesday, the biggest day of the national primary campaign, when voters in more than 20 states will select the candidate they want to represent their party.
Orr Briefs Senate about BIN Breach
On Thursday, January 17, Vice President for Information Technology and Dean of Libraries Pattie Orr spoke to Student Senate about a recent security breach involving the Baylor Information Network (BIN).
One Book, One Waco Returns
The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and the Office of the Baylor Student Body External Vice President announced Dec. 11 that Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore will be the One Book, One Waco community book for Spring 2008.
Open Positions Provide Opportunities to Serve
Student Government currently has nine positions available for the 2008 spring semester. While these positions range in role and function, each is equally important to the success of the organization.
Student Government Accomplishes Much in 2007
"With so many accomplishments, it's hard to put a finger on one single moment that defines our semester," said External Vice President Bryan Fonville.
And a great semester it has been for Student Government. In 2007, Student Government saw the completion and continuance of many successful projects.
EVP, ITS, & Financial Aid Launch Scholarship Site
On October 31 a new Web site featuring approximately 450 departmental scholarships was officially made available to current Baylor students. "The site has a Google search engine feel and is really user-friendly," said EVP Bryan Fonville.
President Lilley Speaks to Senate
On Thursday, January 24, President Lilley addressed student senate. He began his remarks by commenting on the men's basketball team and their amazing, five-overtime victory over Texas A&M on Wednesday night. He expressed his pride in both the men's and women's basketball programs.
Student Government Pushes for 24-Hour BSB
A year-long initiative to make the Baylor Sciences Building a 24-hour study area is gaining momentum. The BSB offers unique places for groups and individuals to interact and study, but most importantly it offers an alternative to the often- crowded lobby of Moody Memorial Library.
Baylor University Regent Visits Senate
Baylor University Regent Annette Pratt traveled from Dallas to visit with student senate on Thursday.
Student Government Accomplishes Much in 2006
Student Senate Gives Condolences to Adam Todd and Mark Hudson
President Lilley Speaks on Interlocking BU
CIC Brings Strong Ideas
41st Annual KOT Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas on 5th Street
Speaker Wants to Make Baylor a Mobile Campus
Student Senate Makes a Support Resolution for Katie Moseley's Family
Ramsower and Lilley Meet with Student Senate