Aug 7, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterPreviously, a student had to maintain a grade point average of 2.0 to become a senator, but now each representative needs a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Members of the student senate at Central Wyoming College will have to meet more stringent academic standards beginning next year.
Senate president Rory Ashdown said the group revised its constitution this summer, raising the bar for eligibility in the student-run organization to represent more clearly the responsibility that comes with membership.
"That's something we've really struggled with, is how important the student senate really is and how much power (we have) and help we can do for the whole student body," Ashdown told the CWC Board of Trustees in July.
Previously, a student had to maintain a grade point average of 2.0 to become a senator, but now each representative needs a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Ashdown said officers must earn at least a 3.2 GPA.
"With the officers we have now and last year, all of them exceeded that expectation," he said. "(This was) just to set that in writing so people understand the importance of what they did."
Ashdown said the senate is planning a rafting trip for new students Aug. 31 in Thermopolis. The excursion will take place after new student orientation Aug. 29-30.
"We wanted to do something different," he said. "It'll be open to any students who want to be excited and ready to go for this semester. ... We're hoping it'll get them excited and ready to do more things this year."
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