So hopefully you've looked around our site and learned a little about us, but if not, here's the a quick description:
Scripps Associated Students (SAS) is Scripps' student government, and is made up of students from each class. The elected students serve on either the Programming or Executive Board, the former focuses on planning events and the latter addresses student concerns by communicating with the administration on the behalf of the students. Some members sit on both boards, as both boards responsibilities are not exclusive to each other. Check out the position descriptions for more specific details!
Elections for SAS positions are held in the spring, so the majority of positions are already full, but there are a couple of ways to get involved once you arrive on campus: First-year Representative and SAS Senate.
There is one representative for the first-year, sophomore, and junior classes, and two for the senior class. Each is responsible for planning events for their year as well as sitting on the Programming Board. You can check out the specific expectations for the First-year Representative in SAS' bylaws. The elections for the First-year Representative will take place in the fall, so if you are interested in getting involved early, creating class unity, and planning events, you should consider running!
The second opportunity, SAS Senate, is open to all classes, but elections are held in the fall. Three senators from each of the nine residence halls are elected by their respective hall. SAS Senate provides an unique opportunity to be exposed to both the Programming
and Executive Boards of SAS with a lower time commitment. Senators meet regularly to discuss events they've planned in their halls, collaborations with their RA's, or issues on campus that the Executive Board may want more input on. Senators also get to make the final votes on important decisions that the Executive Board and Programming Board cannot come to a consensus on. Senators are also required to sit on smaller committees headed by other SAS members. For example, if you are interested in event planning, there is a large events committee that will be lead by the 5C Events Chair and Student Activities Chair, or if you are more interested in student affairs, there's peer advocates lead by the Judicial and Academic Review Chair. These are just two examples of the many different smaller committees that Senate members can join.You can find a full list of last year's SAS Senate committees by checking out the SAS Senate page of this website. If you decide to run but are not elected, by attending three meetings, you may become a Senator. This is another great way to get invovled at Scripps in your first year, and exposes you to many different aspects of SAS.
We encourage you to think seriously about running for either SAS Senate or First-Year Rep! We love experienced leaders, but your first-year is a great time to start! If you have any questions about the process we encourage you to reach out to Sarah Chung, SAS Vice President, who is in charge of elections!