Senate should be transparent, accountable & fiscally responsible.
Making sure every voice is heard in Senate.
Employing creativity and ingenuity to improve student life
Ad Astra is a coalition committed to the empowerment of students through creation of a student government responsive to the needs of those it represents. Diverse and inclusive representation will best embody the Jayhawk tradition of students rising above challenges and working together for the betterment of all.
Emma Halling is a Junior from Elkhart, Indiana majoring in American Studies and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She is the current Associate Finance Committee Senator, treasurer for the Commission on the Status of Women at KU, and secretary of the Student Health Advisory Board.
Marcus Tetwiler is a Junior from Paola, Kansas majoring in History and English. Marcus currently serves as the University Transportation Coordinator. An Alpha Nu of Beta Theta Pi, Marcus has represented his chapter as a Rush Chairman and as a Rock Chalk Revue director.
We're students at KU too. Meet the fine folk who make up Ad Astra.
Employing student boards to increase the amount of student and RA input in campus housing practices.
In cooperation with the Office of Sustainability, Ad Astra will work to reduce the number of plastic bags used at KU, reducing KU’s carbon footprint.
Ad Astra will implement campaign spending caps, a shortened election season, and a transparent candidate nomination process in order to restore and guarantee a robust student democracy at KU
Watkins Health Center is in need of numerous repairs and upgrades in order to be brought up to University standards. Ad Astra will commit to ongoing, sustainable investment in our student health center.
To increase transparency to senate decisions, Ad Astra will make video footage of all senate meetings available to the public, hold “town halls,” and institute an online system available for all students to schedule 15 minute meetings with senate exec staff
Working with KU Parking and Transit, Ad Astra will create a program where students can have their first 2 parking tickets forgiven after completing an online parking quiz.
Harvest Week, a philanthropic endeavor initiated by the Greek community, will be expanded to bring in students from all across the KU, increasing funds raised and building a stronger community.
With the growing cost of textbook purchases, the elimination of sales taxes on those textbooks will put money back into the students’ pockets, increasing students’ access to these educational resources
Ad Astra will work with the KU Office of the Registrar to decrease the fee students pay to access and share their transcript.
A principle amount will be invested by the Student Senate and private investors, the returns of which will be used to fund student research, conference travel, and other co-curricular enhancements for students.
Ad Astra will work to improve student parking at KU by upgrading signage to make designated areas and time restrictions more clear, improving graduate student parking options, and prioritizing student gameday parking.
Looking to create an environment in which all qualified students can enjoy life as a KU student, Ad Astra will pursue a more fair tuition system that does not disadvantage transfer students.