Student government is increasing representation in its senate in the 2019-2020 governing year by adding more senators to represent the greek community. Three senate positions were added to represent the Interfraternity Council — seven male fraternities on campus, the Panhellenic Association — nine female fraternities and sororities and the National Pan-Hellenic Council — seven historically African American fraternities and sororities at Elon University.
In the previous legislative year under President Kenneth Brown, SGA had one greek life senate representative. This amendment to the bylaws increases and specifies greek life's role in student government.
Senator Jonathan Stettler said he helped push to make changes to the greek life senator position during Winter Term.
"Our three different councils are very different from each other so we really wanted representatives from each of the councils," he said. "And Fraternity and Sorority Life is such a big aspect of the university."
SGA also opened its doors to students who may have an interest in the organization but do not want to run to serve on a senate position.
Amanda Yaffa, new executive treasurer, announced that she released applications for four members on the Finance Board who were non-SGA members. Former Treasurer Maxwell Pivonka, who helped designed this board, said this was to decrease partisanship with the new student government funding model and help SGA better represent Elon.
She said that the 10 members of the Finance Board will be announced on Monday. Students can apply to become a member on Phoenix Connect.
Student government also opened up spots to students who are not apart of SGA to serve on the One Phoenix Committee — a programming and event planning committee within student government — and the public relations committee.
Leila Jackson contributed to this reporting.