Staff Writer Rosannah Gosser
The UH Hilo Student Association is currently preparing to travel to Honolulu in January for the 2018 State of Hawai`i Legislative Opening. Traditionally known as the “Red Wave,” UHHSA members of the Legislature Committee and Senate fly to O`ahu to represent UH Hilo students and contribute a testimony on behalf of the student body. Committee members who are planning to attend have completed Legislative training from the UH Government Office Director Stephanie Kim, and funds have been appropriated for travel expenses, accommodations, protocol items, and food. To help create a testimony to present in Honolulu, the committee is requesting that all UH Hilo students who would like to contribute submit inquiries and suggestions by Dec. 20.
The College of Business and Economics Senator, Krystle De Los Santos, held an open forum with students on Oct. 25, and met with Dean Tam Vu and Professor Kelly Burke on Nov. 7 to discuss matters brought up at the forum. Business students raised concerns about the Journey to Success program that has been added as a graduation requirement. The program demands extra hours on the weekend that many students find difficult to fit into their already busy schedules. At their discussion, De Los Santos, Vu, and Burke conferred that while they are unable to stop the Journey to Success program, they want students to know that their concerns are being heard and will continue to be heard.
Student input is always welcome at the UHHSA office, located between Ke Kalahea and the Lava Tube on the second floor of the Campus Center. Stop by for questions, concerns, and comments, and submit anything you would like UHHSA to bring up at the Legislative Opening before Dec. 20.