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ASMSU searches for new chief of staff after summer-long vacancy

August 31, 2001

After the ASMSU chief of staff position sat empty all summer, MSU’s undergraduate student government is looking to fill the position.

And this time, the group is looking for someone who will stay around for awhile.

The summer marks the the sixth time in the last four years the position was vacated. The last time it was held for a full three-semester term was in 1997.

The position was left open after the most recent chief, economics senior Nimri Niemchak, left in May for an internship.

Quinn Wright, Student Assembly chairperson, said the person before Niemchak left because of a discrepancy with the chairpersons.

“Part of the reason why we can’t keep a chief of staff is because of the length of time students are here,” he said.“They’re here for four to six years and most students serve on ASMSU for two or three of those years.”

Wright also said students often think of putting their grades first, which may deter some from applying.

“There is no real problem with atmosphere or what we are doing with ASMSU,” he said.

Academic Assembly chairperson Matt Clayson said there were only three applications this summer.

“We are looking for a diverse pool of applicants,”he said.

The chief of staff’s role is to supervise the ASMSU Executive Cabinet, which consists of departments such as public relations and media markets.

Candidates must be available for 16 hours a week. The position pays $1,620 for three semesters.

Students who are interested in becoming the next chief of staff may pick up applications in Room 307, Student Services. Applications are due Friday with interviews scheduled for the following week.


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