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Election could earn College of Extended Learning an ASNMSU senate seat

A little college is getting ready to take a big step in having more of a voice in the goings-on at New Mexico State University.

From March 16-20, the entire student body will get a chance to vote whether they feel the College of Extended Learning can hold a senate seat with the Associated Students of New Mexico State University (ASNMSU).

"That way, the College of Extended Learning will be completely incorporated into ASNMSU, just like all the other colleges," said Alexander Calarizien, president of the college's student body and College Council.

The college recently received a charter recognizing its College Council. The next step - a senate seat.

Calarizien said a resolution has been approved by ASNMSU removing the cap on the number of senate seats, which would allow the newest campus college an opportunity to fill a spot.

If the campus student body's vote is favorable to the college, it will be the first time in about 30 years that a new college was added to ASNMSU. The College of Extended Learning has been in existence since 2005.

Currently, Calarizien said, the college is supported by a senator with the College of Engineering. Once the college has its own senator, they will no longer have to rely on the kindness of others to support funding of the College of Extended Learning student clubs, he added.

"We will have a vote in all student activities, as ASNMSU is the governing body. We pay ASNMSU fees, just like any other student on the campus, but we don't have representation," Calarizien said. "That would give us our representation. That would give us our voice."

The College of Extended Learning represents a wide variety of students working to obtain a bachelor's degree, from returning students or those on an interdisciplinary track, to those who are in the military.

In the college, students choose and plan out their own degree plan and curriculum, which is then approved by the college.

This, Calarizien said, gives students more flexibility in how their curriculum is structured. The students are still required to take core classes as required by the university.

Students can vote online on this matter at https://accounts.nmsu.edu/cgi-bin/vote.pl.