CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
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
"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."