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Saturday June 10th

Student Leaders To Discuss Conflicts

Dan Herman, chairman of Student Congress' Ethics Committee, said the chairmen of all Congress committees, Student Body President Jen Daum, Student Body Vice President Aaron Hiller and Congress Speaker Tony Larson will get together briefly before the full Congress meeting to address some concerns in the relationship between student government members.

"At this point, what's really planned is to try to improve the working relationship with all the people in student government," Herman said. "We want to try and strengthen the working relationship now, as soon as we can."

Herman said that he was not sure exactly what would be discussed at the meeting but that he expected no type of formal action to be taken.

Blair Sweeney, chairman of the Rules and Judiciary Committee, said he hopes to see the meeting resolve issues between members of Student Congress and the executive branch.

"It's just so the (executive) branch and Congress can do their jobs better -- we've had some issues where we've gotten on each other's nerves, and we need to address them," Sweeney said.

Larson said that although he is not sure of the specific agenda, he expects there to be discussion of the Student Affairs Committee meeting at which executive branch appointees to the Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor were approved.

He said the meeting created some tension between the branches that he hopes today's meeting can resolve.

"I don't know if the expectations were clear as to what we were looking for in an appointment," Larson said. "There were some questions raised as to whether we didn't trust the executive branch -- it didn't go well from either side."

Larson said that because of the way the Student Code is written, some confrontation is inevitable between the two branches but that he hopes to work through some communication problems that have arisen.

Natalie Russell, chairwoman of the Finance Committee, said that several things could come out of the meeting but that she expects positive progress to be made no matter what is discussed.

"We all want to make sure everyone in student government is communicating and working together."

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