Indiana University Student Association

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The Indiana University Student Association (IUSA) is the undergraduate student body government at Indiana University Bloomington in Bloomington, Indiana. IUSA consists of the following three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. In addition to these three main branches, IUSA is also responsible for the Assisted Inter-Organization Development Funding Board, also known as IUSA AID Funding Board. The IUSA Funding Board allocates funds for student programming and initiatives.

"At its core, IUSA is a congregation of Indiana University students that work to protect student rights, enrich student life, and improve Indiana University. Students join together to voice common concerns, hopes, grievances, and most importantly, to take action to realize an even stronger University."[1]

Historically, this student group's leaders and the campus generally was very active in the late 1960s and 1970s against the Vietnam War and for progressive causes, according to the IU Alumni Magazine.

IUSA has led the fight for campus daycare, more liberal rules for students, and against tuition increases. In 1996, IUSA passed a resolution chastising former U.S. Rep. John Hostettler, who represented Bloomington at the time, for wanting to abolish the popular Federal Direct Student Loan Program. The bill's author, Andrew Straw, is currently a candidate himself for Congress in Indiana's second congressional district.

History[edit]

Indiana University has a long history of student government. In 1912, the first the university's first Student Council was appointed. In 1944, after a period of disinterest, the "Student Council" was recreated. In 1948, the Student Council was renamed the "Student Senate," and, then, in 1967 it was renamed the "Student Government." Between 1974-75, the Student Government was given the name it holds today, the "Indiana University Student Association." [2]

The Executive Branch[edit]

The IUSA executive branch will have all powers necessary and proper to fulfill their duties and the mandates of the IUSA Congress.[3]

Current Executives[edit]

2014-2015 Executives[edit]

  • President - Andrew Braden
  • Vice President of Administration - Michelle Chung
  • Vice President of Congress - William Wartenberg
  • Treasurer - Nicholas Laszlo

The Legislative Branch[edit]

The IUSA Legislative Branch consists of the IUSA Congress. The Congress has sixty-two seats, with half of the seats reserved for Academic Representatives drawn from each degree granting unit of IU and the other half reserved for Residential Senators drawn from each of the residence halls, off-campus students, the Greek community, and Family Student Housing. [4]


The current 2014-2015 Executive positions of the Summer-term IUSA congress are [5]

  • Speaker of the House- Tyler Nocita (College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Press Secretary- Colin Landberg (Off-Campus Housing)
  • Grammarian- Alexander Nawrocki (Collins Dormitory)
  • Parliamentarian- Scott Zellner (Graduate School)


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The Judicial Branch[edit]

The Student Body Supreme Court is the judicial branch of IUSA and is composed of one chief justice and ten associate justices. Pursuant to Article IV, Section II of the IUSA Constitution "the judicial authority of IUSA will include the power of judicial review, adjudicating elections disputes, certifying elections results, and fulfilling the requirements of the University judicial process."[7]

Current Justices[edit]

====2012-2013 Justices====[8]

  • Chief Justice - Matthew Bower
  • Associate Justice - Caleb Bean
  • Associate Justice - Nick Card
  • Associate Justice - Ivana Huang
  • Associate Justice - Grant Manon
  • Associate Justice - Alex Nevill
  • Associate Justice - Andrew Nielsen
  • Associate Justice - Alicia Nieves
  • Associate Justice - Andrew Pallotta
  • Associate Justice - Julia Strzeszkowski
  • Associate Justice - William Zhao

Funding Board[edit]

The IUSA Funding Board provides support to student groups by helping them obtain necessary funding in order to enhance their respective organizations. Funding Board offers monetary assistance by helping to fund specific initiatives and events through the Student Organization Fund.[9]

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