OUSC elects new legislators and hears three bills


By Ali DeRees

Two new legislators were elected into the Oakland University Student Congress (OUSC) and three bills were read at the Oct. 13 meeting.

Joshua Kuruvilla and Katrina Cotton were unanimously voted in and joined the 10 other legislators belonging to OUSC.

Kuruvilla stressed that he wants people to know that as a legislator, they can come to him with any concerns they have regarding life on campus.

“I’ll be the person to advocate for you,” Kuruvilla said. “I have so much more to offer than just becoming a (committee) member.”

Cotton is currently part of OUSC’s Marketing Committee as well as the  Environmental Health and Wellness Committee. She works at Disability Support Services on campus and wants to create events for disability awareness. As a legislator, another one of Cotton’s initiatives is to create a mentor program for freshman in which they would receive a junior or senior mentor to help in their college transition.

On Monday, three bills were presented at Congress to go through their first reading.

C.B. 14-07 is a bill sponsored by Legislator Kristine Nixon to create a scholarship for Oakland students who are actively involved in philanthropy on and off campus. The “Unsung Hero Award” will be a $750 scholarship to such students.

“The people we are targeting are very specific,” Nixon said.

C.B. 14-08 proposes to replace the OUSC banner outside of Vandenberg with a new one in an effort to rebrand. Legislator Brittany Hall sponsors the bill.

C.B. 14-09 is also sponsored by Legislator Hall and proposes to purchase a table for OUSC members for the “Etiquette Dinner.”

OUSC meets every Monday at 4 p.m. in the Gold Rooms of the Oakland Center. All students are welcome. For more information visit them at http://www.oakland.edu/ousc