Katie Little


Students could be locked into insurance plan

Thousands of students could be locked into paying for health insurance that they do not want unless they waive out of the University’s mandatory health insurance program today. This oversight could cost each student who already has insurance and does not want the plan $361.50 per semester.

Deanna Santoro, the newly elected speaker of Student Congress, shares her plans with the legislature Tuesday night.

Speaker Santoro plans to increase Congress' transparency

Although she was the lone contender in the race for speaker of Student Congress, sophomore Deanna Santoro is anything but isolated.And in her first full meeting as speaker of the 92nd session of Student Congress, Santoro said she will strive to make student government’s legislative branch more inclusive and transparent.

Student Congress debates runoffs, other issues

Student Congress took another step toward making runoff elections a thing of the past Tuesday night.Members passed a bill that could allow students to rank candidates for student body president by preference and eliminate runoffs for the position.

Money tighter for UNC student groups

Student groups are asking for more money from the University as outside funding is drying up because of the economy.The Student Congress finance committee will begin its review of funding for student groups today, cutting an average of two-thirds of each group’s requests to fit this year’s budget.

Students choose Congress members

Forty-one new members of Student Congress were elected to serve in the 2010-11 legislative branch of student government on Tuesday night.Congress allocates money through an annual budget process and throughout the year during the subsequent appropriations process. Congress allocated about $364,000 during the 2009-10 annual budget.

Students to vote on student fees

Student fees could climb higher if voters approve three new referendums in Tuesday’s elections. The proposals, which would increase the student organizations, legal services and security fees, would raise each student’s fees by about $6. Student Congress voted to place the referendums on the ballot during its full meeting Tuesday night.