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Diplomatic Congress Represents Student Body

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  • Shawn Jenkins (seated), Caren Brill (behind) and Laura Shimberg helped to craft the Diplomatic Congress Constitution.

     

The four top spots on the executive board for the Diplomatic Congress will be chosen Friday, Sept. 19.

Elections for class presidents are slated for Thursday, Sept. 25.

The students of Franklin & Marshall recently ratified a constitution for a new governing body called the Diplomatic Congress, which replaces the Student Senate.

Last spring, a student task force convened to draft a proposal for a new form of student government.

During the first week of classes, 92 percent of the students voting in an online election ratified the new constitution establishing the Congress. The election was held when students logged into myDiplomat for the first time this semester. Fifty-five percent of the student body participated in the election.

“The Student Senate no longer met the needs of the student body,” said Laura Schimberg ’10, a member of the task force.

“The different student groups that had formed over time, including the College Houses and Greek system, weren’t incorporated. If you asked the average student what was the Student Senate doing, most would say they didn’t even know who their representative was,” Schimberg said.

Schimberg, Shawn Jenkins ’10 and Danielle Diamond ’10 put the finishing touches on the constitution this summer.

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The Diplomatic Congress will consist of 15 members, headed by a four-person executive board including a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

There will be an 11-member General Assembly including the student leaders of the four College Houses, the four class presidents, the president of the Inter-Fraternity Council, the president of the Pan-Hellenic Council and the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

The Diplomatic Congress convenes for the first time at the beginning of October.

Other members of the student task force included: Marcia Abeloff ’09; Lane Bodian ’10; Winston Bowen ’11; Caren Brill ’09; Rahman Connelly ’09; Kalasia Daniels ’09; Andrew Duberstein ’09; Sarah Haggarty ’10; Rachel Hess ’09; Hormuz Masani ’10; Jonathan Sussman ’09; Cari Turner ’10; and Adrian Yi ’09.