SGA creates election commission

SGA adds new senators and an election

By Rosanna Aguilera
On January 25, 2018

Photo by Brit Raley
New senators swear into their new positions. A total of eight new senators were added to SGA at this first meeting.

The Student Government Association swore in eight new senators in its first meeting of the semester on Monday, Jan. 22, along with creating its election commission.

The new senators are Braden Grimsley, Whittman Stokes, Katherine Riley, Ana Barbara Uribe, Nu Pham, Claire Benschoter, Mikayla Strickland and Michael Rodriguez.

Strickland, a junior, said she wanted to become a part of SGA because she wanted a chance to get involved on campus in a different way.

"I’m in ROTC, but this looked like a different opportunity, and SGA gets involved with pretty much everything that has to do with campus," Strickland said.

Strickland said she wanted to get her hands involved in different things.

Uribe, a senior, said SGA really makes an impact on campus.

"ASU has really given back to me, and as a senior graduation this May, I really wanted to give back to the community that has given to me so much and has provided me with so many experiences," Uribe said. "SGA, to me, was the way to do that."

Graduate student Koryelle Means was one of the seven people elected to be on the election commision for the association.

The commision includes two non-members of SGA, four student senators who are not running for election and the Student Body Vice President.

The Student Body President appoints people to positions unless he/she is seeking reelection. Then, the Commissioner will make the appointments.

"The election commission makes sure that during the spring semester, when we’re voting in a new president and vice president, there is not bias one way or the other," Means said.

Means said the commission makes sure the election is fair and that the funding for the election is split equally.

"So that way it can’t be said that ‘well, they got a better advantage because they got more of the funding,’" Means said.

Means said the point of it is basically to keep it fair for the students who are involved in the election.

During the end of the meeting, SGA went over their committee reports. Junior Claire Parker is in charge of the Environment, Health and Sports Committee.

Parker said her committee is going to start putting recycle bins at the Ram Jam tailgates for the fall semester so ASU can continue recycling at major events. However, they are trying to find the funding to do so.

SGA will have their next meeting on February 5 at 7 p.m. in the C.J. Davidson Center.

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