The secret society

Senate is back and better than ever

Naomi Prasad

There is a part of Union College that most kids don't know about.

No, I am not talking about the nursing students, the PA department, or the fact that most people haven't actually seen bed bugs. It’s the Union College Student Senate! Yes, Union College has a governing section of ASB that has a huge part in changing rules and policies on campus.

There are 19 students who make up Senate; eight from Rees Hall, six from prescott, two from Culver, and three from village. Qualifications include: students who are in good standing, willing to make a year long commitment and can attend all the meetings and events.

Many of you are familiar with our very own executive vice president, Inonge Kasaji. As the chair of Senate, Kasaji’s job is more than running Senate meetings in business attire. Her job includes attendance at ASB events, recruiting senators, making executive decisions for the good of the student body, overseeing dorm activities, and so much more that goes on behind the scenes.

She is really passionate about her job because she wants to give back to the school in a way that the students can get involved and change the school. Her goal this year is to “open the lines of communication between senate and students, and students and administration so that everyone is on the same page.”

A new requirement Kasaji requires current and future senators do is sign a declaration of candidacy, which is a contract of their commitment. Along with the contract, Senators have to get ten signatures from their hall that they are going to represent in order to be eligible for candidacy. Kasaji is trying to set up an event where students can do a meet and greet with their senators.

Union College Student Senate isn't just a secret meeting of a group of select students and Inonge, passing laws that we don't know about. Students can get involved, too, and are encouraged to sit in on meetings — that means you! If you can’t attend the meetings, you can go to the ASB website ( and see which bills were passed, not passed, or are still being deliberated. The ASB website also has the senators contact information. As your Senate reporter, I will have the privilege of informing you students of what really goes on during Senate, so that we can know.

Naomi is a sophomore studying chemistry and pre-med.