Student Government election

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Student Government leaders Lindsey Gunnerson, left, and Eric Petersen

Student Government vice president Lindsey Gunnerson, left, and president Eric Petersen. Petersen, Eden Prairie, and Gunnerson, Maple Lake, will help administer the Dec. 2-4 Student Government election.

Referenda on funding Husky Athletics and restoring Homecoming will be on the Dec. 2-4 Student Government ballot.

The election is 8 a.m. Dec. 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Student Government members will facilitate voting with laptops and root-beer floats in Atwood Memorial Center.

The ballot will be emailed to students. Eric Petersen, president of Student Government, said the ballot would be on, as well.

In addition, there are four candidates for 12 Student Government senator seats. The ballot allows write-in candidates.

The Husky Athletics and Homecoming referenda require 8 percent of the student body to cast ballots and a half-plus-one majority for passage. Fall 2013 enrollment was 16,245 students. An electoral quorum would be 1,300 completed ballots.

Husky Athletics referendum

The Husky Athletics bill (PDF) asks students to approve a student-fee allocation that could provide Husky Athletics about $495,000 per year for four years, beginning July 1. That figure could vary with enrollment.

Approval would keep the Student Athletic Fee at $4.58 per credit, up to 12 credits each semester. Rejection would reduce the fee to $2.84 per credit, the lowest rate of student support for intercollegiate athletics among four-year schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Since 2011, the $1.74 per-credit difference has helped Husky Athletics balance its budget and avoid using cash reserves, according to the text of the bill. 

The bill also states: "The Department of Athletics shall be required to examine its budget and . . . practices each year and work toward a future where the department is less reliant on student fees and fundraising efforts by the athletes."   

In 2011-12, student fees accounted for 15.2 percent of Husky Athletics' $8.6 million budget, according to school officials. View a chart that summarizes Husky Athletics' 2011-12 operating budget (PDF). 

A second question in the bill gives students an option to make the Student Athletic Fee permanent or require another referendum fall 2017. That question is moot if the first question does not pass.  

Homecoming referendum

If both Homecoming bill questions were approved, the referendum would encourage St. Cloud State officials to rename the fall Celebrate! St. Cloud State event Homecoming Week. It would also encourage University officials to discontinue the spring and summer Celebrate! St. Cloud State events in favor of a winter Spirit Week, focused on men's and women's Husky Hockey.

In 2011, St. Cloud State replaced Homecoming Week with a fall, winter, spring and summer Celebrate! St. Cloud State events.

A previous student referendum, in 2012, encouraged the University to reinstate Homecoming.


Up for election are 12 senate seats, two for each of St. Cloud State's six major academic divisions.

  • Chad Robinson, St. Cloud, and Dustin A. Johnson, Sartell, want to represent the Herberger School of Business
  • Jerett Reuter, Red Wing, wants to represent the School of Public Affairs
  • Alex Bryson, Appleton, Wis., wants to represent the College of Science and Engineering

Write-in candidates can fill seats for the School of Health and Human Services, School of Education and the College of Liberal Arts.    

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