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Two women elected to lead University of Iowa student government

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Allison Miller of Richmond, Va., a sophomore political science major, and Meghan Henry of Clinton, a junior education and history major, were elected president and vice president of the University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) in elections held March 3 and 4.

Miller and Henry are the first all-women ticket to be elected to the top two positions in the UISG. They garnered 1,417 votes, 74 percent of the total number of votes cast. They will serve one-year terms running from April 1, 1997, through March 31, 1998.

The UISG is the governing body for the entire University of Iowa student body. The president and vice president are responsible for presenting student concerns to a variety of groups, including UI administrators, faculty and staff. They also meet with outside groups, including the State Board of Regents, the governing body for Iowa's three state universities; and with the Iowa Legislature.

The UISG also has responsibility for the allocation of funds to student organizations. There are about 350 students organizations with a total annual budget of about $900,000.

Miller, who is the daughter of Betty Miller of Richmond, said she wants to develop student evaluations of UI courses, hold student government more accountable to students, and open student government to increased student involvement.

"Every item and every new program we are working on is the result of students having asked us to do so," she said. "We intend to work on issues of concern to students because student government is for all students, not just those of us who are elected."

Henry is the daughter of Clarence and Maggie Henry of Clinton.

"The main issues that Allison and I hope to work on in the coming year include safety issues, both on and off campus; publishing a student evaluation of UI courses; the implementation of reading days before final exams; and to work with the administration on providing alternative activities for students who want to do something besides go to the bars," she said. "All of these issues are very important to us because they were brought to us by members of the student body. We really want to represent their needs and concerns."