The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Print Edition
Letter to the editor submissions
Have a strong opinion about something happening on campus or in Fort Collins? Want to respond to an article written on The Collegian? Write a Letter to the Editor by following the guidelines here.
Follow Us on Twitter
From the Rockies to the Races: Why College Students Are Joining the Celebrity-Packed  Kentucky Derby
From the Rockies to the Races: Why College Students Are Joining the Celebrity-Packed Kentucky Derby
April 24, 2024

The Kentucky Derby, often celebrated as “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” transcends mere horse racing to become a staple of American...

No flag, no problem. First Senate meeting of the year goes smoothly

The first meeting of the ASCSU Senate started a bit unconventionally. Due to the renovation of the Lory Student Center, the previous senate chambers are being updated and the group was relocated to the Behavioral Science building.

One of the setbacks of being in a different location than in years past was the fact that they did not have an American flag to pledge allegiance to. However this was not an issue for Senate; a makeshift flag was projected onto the screen in front and the meeting was underway.


During the election of Senate leadership, three senators were nominated by their peers for the following positions: Internal Affairs, University Issues and External Affairs.

The Senators nominated to fulfill the task at hand were Taylor Watson with Internal Affairs, Kwon Yearby with University Issues, and Lexi Evans with External Affairs. After a vote from the members, the decision was made that those nominated were fit to fill their respective titles.

The next major order of business on the agenda was the ratification and swearing in of two new members, Senators Christy Burris and Jake Christensen.

“Every year ASCSU takes people down to the capital to show them around and get a feel for what the actual government is like.” Regarding her newly appointed position, Burris commented, “I think it’s a good way to get involved.”

As a math major, Burris was in high demand and is the only current senator with the College of Natural Science. “They told me to go to my council because its really underrepresented,” Burris said.

The judicial reports were presented and it was made evident that two new associate justices and one liaison were needed if any of the senators were interested.

After the time was given for Senator reports, Associate Senator reports, and Executive reports, old business from within the Senate was taken care of.

The main topic of consideration was Resolution 4301, which changed the wording in the Senate’s bylaws. It was revised so that bills and resolutions were to be submitted to parliamentarian, speaker pro tempore, and the speaker of the Senate by 5:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Samantha Scotti, a prospective Senate member attended the meeting with her friend and fellow prospective senator Jacquie Altman. Sitting in the gallery, Scotti and Altman viewed their first senate meeting to see what was included in being a member of the CSU Senate.


“I’m interested in getting involved, possibly for a senate seat. I wanted to check out the procedures and how it worked.” Scotti said.

The two were extremely interested in the inner workings of the Senate and how their weekly meetings were conducted. After the meeting, Scotti and Altman were excited about their possible future with ASCSU Senate.

“It was amazing how involved everyone is. Everyone really cares about the issues and they go over every little detail which is something that you want in your school’s senate” Altman said.

At the end of the meeting, the Senate members who had birthdays over the summer were brought up to the front of the room to stand on chairs and proceeded to be serenaded by a self proclaimed “off-key” rendition of the Happy Birthday song.

Collegian reporter Lauren Rullman can be reached at

View Comments (8)
More to Discover

Comments (8)

When commenting on The Collegian’s website, please be respectful of others and their viewpoints. The Collegian reviews all comments and reserves the right to reject comments from the website. Comments including any of the following will not be accepted. 1. No language attacking a protected group, including slurs or other profane language directed at a person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social class, age, physical or mental disability, ethnicity or nationality. 2. No factually inaccurate information, including misleading statements or incorrect data. 3. No abusive language or harassment of Collegian writers, editors or other commenters. 4. No threatening language that includes but is not limited to language inciting violence against an individual or group of people. 5. No links.
All The Rocky Mountain Collegian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *