Kaitlin Gillespie The ASWSU by-laws are not at the forefront of most students’ minds. In fact, most of them don’t even know they exist. Junior Joey Pacific, District 6 senator, knows this document outlining the duties of ASWSU officials inside and out. He’s been rewriting it for the past semester.
“They were extremely wordy and contradictory, and you can’t hold people accountable if they don’t know what their job is,” Pacific said.
Rewriting the by-laws is not a job that brings a lot of recognition, but that’s just the kind of person Pacific is, said Samantha Hege, a senior neuroscience and psychology major.
“He’s always paying attention to those details and making them better for people, even when they don’t know it,” Hege said. “It’s a thankless job, but he does it again and again and again.”
Pacific serves with Hege as an assistant hall director. Pacific became a resident adviser his sophomore year at Stimson Hall, and said his positive time there was why he applied to be an assistant hall director.
“It’s been a great experience helping other people grow like I did last year,” he said. “It’s taught me a lot about different people and how they interact with each other.”
Pacific said he had been following what ASWSU has been doing since he got to school, and that’s why he decided to run for senate last year.
“I felt like ASWSU wasn't doing enough for students, and that students really weren't being impacted by their student government, and I wanted to change that,” he said.
Sophomore Tristan Hanon, the ASWSU assistant director of legislative affairs, said Pacific has done a lot to promote the relationship between the senate and the executive staff.
“I think he’s been doing a lot to work on how the senate is going to represent students in the upcoming years here at WSU, which I think provides a lot of posterity for the organization, far past when he’s going to be gone from WSU,” Hanon said.
Hege, who attends ASWSU meetings as a student, said every week Pacific has something he is trying to improve about the senate.
“He’s capable of inspiring others to do things,” Hege said. “He really has his stuff together.”