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Senate adopts new leaders, allocates for summer projects

Student Senate filled its remaining executive board positions, swore in its president and vice president, and voted on CAB’s president and vice president team at the last senate meeting of the semester, Monday. Senate also allocated $3,230 from its State and Student Activity Fee Accounts.

Nisha Durand, chief justice, swore in James Bahensky, president-elect, and T.J. Thomson, vice president-elect. Senate elected Heather Wing, senator of B.E.A.M.S.S., to the constitutional court. James Bahensky, Senate president-elect and current Senate vice-president, then appointed Wing as chief justice of the constitutional court. Ashley Swanson, senator of liberal arts, was elected as treasurer, beating Erica Misner and Liz Rice for the position. Beth Wroblewski, former corresponding secretary, was elected as secretary.

Morgan Nelson, president, thanked the standing senators and executive board members for their work and welcomed the new senators.  Durand swore in the nine senators who were elected or re-elected at the senate elections last week. Durand said that nine senators and one member of the constitutional court were elected during the elections. Out of 179 students who voted in the elections, 22 of their ballots were filled out incorrectly and were thrown out.

Last Tuesday, CAB elected Dani Buckley for its president and Lane Swedberg for its vice president. Buckley’s and Swedberg’s opposition included Hannah Clark, for president, and Brendan Mead, for vice president.

The two teams read their letters of intent to the Senate members Monday. According to the Student Senate constitution, it has final approval in appointing CAB’s president and vice president.

Nelson asked for ideas for next year’s homecoming theme. Tiffani Roelle, senator of liberal arts, suggested “A New Era Resolution: Defining Our Own Time.”

The social work club mutually-agreed to return its funds, $500, to the Senate account resulting from its second appeal hearing, according to T.J. Thomson, treasurer.

Bahensky proposed a $1,530 allocation from Senate’s State Account to purchase a big screen TV for the Student Center. The television costs $1,799, but Dale Grant said he would fund the remainder. Senate approved the allocation.

Bahensky also asked for an allocation of $1,700 from the Senate’s Student Activity Fee Account to pay for office supplies for the Senate office, paint for the homecoming bed sheet contest, and the Platinum Eagle awards and engraving. Senate approved the allocation.

Shellie Johns provided an overview of her responsibilities as conferencing coordinator and Student Center building manager, and how she can assist clubs with their events.

She is responsible for scheduling rooms, sound system, catering, and equipment for student events.

Johns is also in charge of selecting events for the Galaxy Series. She selects events for at least six categories each year, including a specialty event, which CAB is responsible for picking. This year, CAB selected the Tap Dogs, a dance group from Australia, which Johns is still working on contracting. Because this event falls under the diversity category, which is another Galaxy Series category Johns covers, she said that CAB could pick another group.

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