Committee Chairman Kevan Schoonover drafted a redistricting plan designed to eliminate the vacancies Student Congress faced at the beginning of the 2014 academic year.
At the beginning of the semester, 19 of 41 Student Congress positions were vacant.
Since the Student Code grants the Rules & Judiciary Committee the power to determine the districts of Student Congress, Schoonover proposed that Congress amend Title II, Chapter 1 of the code to reduce the number of graduate and undergraduate representatives by four seats each.
“The reason for the redistricting is that the current allocation we have is not accurately representing the populations that live in those districts,” Schoonover said.
The total number of Student Congress representatives is slated to decrease from 41 to 33 as a result of Schoonover’s plan.
Schoonover compared total graduate and undergraduate populations to determine a balance of 11 graduate representatives and 22 undergraduates.
In order to determine how many representatives each undergraduate district should have, Schoonover took the smallest district, District 6, Greek Housing, and assigned it one representative. Every other district’s number of representatives was calculated based on its population size relative to District 6. Similar calculations were conducted for the three graduate districts, which are divided by school instead of residency.
“I know it’s not perfect,” Schoonover said of his plan.