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Student to sit on city council

San Marcos Daily Record (11/27/2004)

by Brad Rollins- Staff Reporter

A student liaison, appointed by the Texas State University Student Government Association, will sit on the city council as a non-voting member under a plan approved Monday.

Two association officers, elected by the university's students, formally requested the position this week.

"The relationship between students and the town have been strained for numerous years," student body President Jerry Parker said. "This will contribute to a stronger relationship and bonds will be built."

Mayor Susan Narvaiz said the position would help facilitate a closer relationship with the student community.

"This has been a continued concern of residents, that students understand what's happening in our city and respect a sense of community," Narvaiz said.

John Thomaides questioned whether an unelected student representative should sit at the council dais and wanted to know why other community interests weren't extended the same opportunity.

"I'm not against students participating with us, of course," Thomaides said. "But I'm a little concerned that there are other worthy groups that would like a seat at the table, too."

The liaison would operate in an advisory capacity only on issues that affect students, Narvaiz said. She also noted the resolution allows the council to request the student's replacement "with good cause."

"I don't envision someone's going to come up here and take over the show," she said.