Student Senate returns

New members voted in and new topics discussed

By Cameron Niblock
On September 5, 2014

“We are so appreciative of SGA,” Dr. Javier Flores, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, said at the first meeting of the semester.

The Student Senate held their first meeting Sep.2 at 7pm in the Nasworthy Suite.

It started off with ASU’s president, Dr. Brian J. May and Dr. Flores, addressing the Senate on their accomplishments so far.

They also reminded the members of the senate that they are the leaders of this campus and that they should do what is best for the institution and the students, Dr. May said.

The bulk of the first meeting consisted of the new members being voted into their senate positions varying by department.

This process consisted of each candidate being asked questions regarding what they would plan to accomplish with their new position and what past leadership experience they have.

An area of improvement that one of the candidates motioned is to “encourage peer mentored programs directed towards both foreign exchange students and incoming freshmen,” Freddy Felipe, of the Chemistry Senate said.

One of the final topics of the night consisted of the senate discussing this semester’s budget.

“It needed to be addressed because the senate is going to have to make budget cuts across the board due to a 10% reduction of their funding,” Jared Goecker, student body president, said.

Even though this budget cut is not ideal, Jared said, it’s important to remember that this is an example of the senate being responsible with the fiscal tax cut that they have been handed.

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