SGA swears in new senators

Student Government Association swears in new officers

By Rosanna Aguilera
On September 14, 2017

Photo by Brit Raley
Vice President Emily Hecox, senior, swears in new senators. Committee members were appointed during this SGA meeting.

The Student Government Association swore in new senators and committee chairs in their first meeting of the semester on Monday.

The association swore in 20 new senators and six committee chairs.

"We opened up applications a few weeks ago, we had an all-student email, and over 75 people have applied for seats this year so it’s been very competitive," Student Body President Tristan Fielder said.

There has been more interest in SGA than there has ever been in this decade Fielder speculates.

"Hopefully we can carry that interest on and people will continue being interested in what we do and being a part of what we do," Fielder said.

Fielder said they’re going to do great things because they have a lot of good people on their team.

The senators that were selected as committee chairs are Rarking Culpepper (Academic Affairs and Document Review), Claire Parker (Environmental, Health, and Sports), Brynna Pollack (Special Events), Shinae Vedder (Public Relations), Brayden Woods (Student Services), and Nicholas Lambert (Student Organization Evaluation).

Fielder said the senate is responsible for voting the chairs for a good reason.

"I’m glad that I, as a president, am not responsible for those, because the senate as a whole decides what’s best for them," Fielder said.

Fielder said they made good choice in the meeting but no matter who they picked would have been great for the job.

Vedder was sworn in as a new senator and elected as a committee chair during the meeting; she is a sophomore veteran.

"I’m happy that I get to be here to have a voice for the Veteran’s Center as well as for the disabled students," Vedder said.

Vedder said one of her plans as the Public Relations committee chair is to continue with the ASU discount program.

"I need to get together with the previous chair and see other ideas that were in roll and if we can come up with new ones or just continue with what they had planned," Vedder said.

Vedder said she is hoping she can actually put her voice out and do good things for the senate.

Fielder said having such a large senate is the best problem to have.

"Our whole team really wants everybody that wants to create a better Angelo State to be able to be a part of what we do, but because there were so many people that wanted to do it, unfortunately not everybody gets to be here at the meetings," Fielder said.

Fielder said they want people to feel like they can approach them, even if they were unable to obtain a seat on the senate.

"They can work with us and help us do what we do," Fielder said.

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