Looking back at the 89th

The 89th session of the Student Government Association reflects

By Rosanna Aguilera
On April 26, 2018

 Photo by Brit Raley
Mikayla Mullen, senior, hugs her sister, Shayna Mullen, junior, after Shayna Mullen swore in as the new SGA president. Shayna Mullen’s father and boyfriend attended the meeting as well.

 

The former student body president and vice president look back at the year as the first female President-VP team while the new team looks forward to the 90th session. 

“I am very proud of a quite a few things we have done,” former president Emily Hecox said.

Hecox said they passed bill 89.13, which made RA Appreciation week the third week of February and provided RAs with free lunch as a gesture of appreciation for their hard work. 

The former VP, Shayna Mullen, said she was really proud of the RA Appreciation week. 

“It is really small, and a lot of people overlook it, but those people do so much work, and it is such a hard job,” Mullen said.

Mullen said she was glad to put a smile on the RA’s faces and dedicate a week to them.

“We worked to add more water filtration fountains around campus, which is something that students have voiced wanting expanded,” Hecox said. “We partnered with the library to get a charging station to provide students with convenient charging for their devices if they forget their chargers.”

Hecox said the Ram Family Student Scholarship reached endowment status in the fall, which is significant for ensuring this scholarship will be in place for many years to come. 

“We awarded the 3rd scholarship ‘by students, for students’ at the Rammys this year,” Hecox said.

SGA also collaborated with TMA, JAMP, SNA and Shannon to host a free HPV Vaccination clinic.

“A lot of people were able to get vaccinated from such important cancerous virus,” Mullen said.

Hecox said they are also hosting a SGA 5K at the end of this month on April 27th at 6 pm. “We have been very active on campus and always trying to improve ASU for the students,” Hecox said.

Hecox said her favorite event is the Rammys, and she was proud of how it turned out this year. 

“The Rammys is a fantastic and unique program that allows student organizations to get together and to recognize them for all their hard work,” Hecox said. “It is also the time we recognize the recipient of the Student Endowment Scholarship and show that the Ram Fam spirit isn’t just a saying but something we put into practice.”

Hecox said she was extremely proud to have had the opportunity to serve as student body president.

“I am thankful for the executive team and my senators who served alongside me in the 89th session,” Hecox said. 

Hecox said they make serving the students fun.

“Seeing their ideas coming to life makes me proud and makes me feel easy knowing that the senate and the Student Government Association is in good hands,” Hecox said. “I am looking forward to seeing what they accomplish this next year.”

Hecox had a few words left for her 89th senate: “Keep up the great work, and always remember you are there to serve the student body, first and foremost. You are the voice of the students. Advocate for what they want to help improve campus life, and keep the Ram Fam strong.”

Mullen said the 89th session taught her a lot.

“I am glad for the opportunities it gave me for the 90th session,” Mullen said.

The new student body president, Mullen and new VP, Brayden Woods have plans set for their senate for the 90th session. 

“My biggest project that me and Brayden are going to tackle with the senate is improving Ram Jam,” Mullen said. “I believe it is an important event for the students, and I would love to receive student feedback as well.”

Woods said they will be working with the Alumni Center.

“I think Mullen’s exact words is that once we are sworn in, we are starting the process immediately.”

Woods said they also want to expand the water fountain filtration system all around campus.

“We should be able to accomplish that goal,” Woods said.

Mullen said the 90th session came a little fast, but she is prepared for it.

“I am excited for new learning opportunities and building better relationships with the administration and the students as well,” Mullen said.

Woods said his new position comes with new responsibilities. 

“Just to be able to have the opportunity to serve is exciting,” Woods said.

Woods said SGA has accomplished a lot and they are going to continue that stride.

“Student Government is lasting long,” Woods said. “We are in a wild moment right now because in ten more years we will be in the 100th session.”

 

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