New Senate Speaker to be elected

The new student senate speaker will be nominated at the next and final Student Senate meeting of the semester at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Arcola-Tuscola Room in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

After swearing in the next batch of senate members, nominations will take place. The nominated senate member will then present their platform to the senate in hopes that the other members will collectively elect the nominee for the position.

The official results for student government elections will be announced at the meeting as well. If there were no grievances filed to the Student Supreme Court within three days after the unofficial results were released, the senate will consist of 10 senate members for the fall semester.

Christina Petterson, D’Andre Day, Marlene Acosta, Kenny Newsome, Cayla Maurer, Lorie Saintcyr, Cristal Villarreal, Jessica Bellephant, Mariah Scott and Molly Corcoran were elected for the next semester and they will choose among themselves who will be the senate speaker.

In the unofficial results, it was also announced that Lauren Price, the vice-chairwoman for the Student Action Team, was elected to position of executive vice president, winning the only uncontested position.

Reggie Thedford, the student affairs committee chairman, won the student body president election. Shirmeen Ahmad, the academic affairs committee chairwoman, was won the election for student vice president for academic affairs. Yazmin Rodriguez, the co-chairwoman for the university enhancement committee, won the election for student vice president for student affairs position.

If a grievance has been filed, another referendum election would take place for the position.

With only 10 of the 30 positions possibly filled in the senate, next semester’s student senate speaker will be tasked with appointing more senate members.

With the semester coming to a close, the current Student Senate Speaker Brandon Goodman will be giving his state of the senate address. Goodman also said that Student Body President Kaylia Eskew will be presenting the state of the union address.

Jarad Jarmon can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]