Lunch with a legislator
ASUSU officers have lunch with random students to gauge public feeling
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 23:10
Members of the ASUSU Executive Council took to the campus cafeterias to get feedback from students.
ASUSU President Doug Fiefia bought meal cards for Executive Council members so they could eat lunch with students and ask them about comments or complaints they had about USU.
To pay for the cards, Fiefia used money from his presidential enhancement budget. He said the ASUSU president has two budgets: a presidential enhancement budget and a normal president’s budget. Enhancement money comes directly from USU President Stan Albrecht, while the regular budget comes from student fees.
“What that money is given to the student body president is for is to enhance student life in any way, shape or form,” Fiefia said. “That’s where this money would be coming out of, and it’s non-student fees.”
The idea mirrors Fiefia’s candidate platform, where he called for “bridging the gap between the student body, ASUSU, and the administration,” according to the ASUSU website.
“One of the things that I promised students was that the officers would be in the trenches and that I would personally be in the trenches finding out what the real concerns were,” Fiefia said.
Fiefia said he got the idea for meal cards from James Morales, vice president of Student Services.
“Once a month, they’ll (Morales and his staff) go down to have meals with students just to get to know them, find out what concerns are, and so that’s kind of where I got the idea,” Fiefia said. “I think it’s a great way to incentivize student leaders to get out there and be in the trenches.”
Fiefia bought cards for himself and Executive Vice President Emily Esplin, Student Advocate VP Daryn Frischknecht, Programming VP Thomas Rogers, Service VP Kevin Meacham and Administrative Assistant Trevor Olsen.