New, returning SGA officers sworn in at first Senate meeting

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Student Government Association officers, led by Attorney General Michael Adkisson, junior business management major, repeat the oath of office in front of senators Feb. 5 in Harvey Hall. | Photo by Anne Richoux

The Student Government Association’s Senate launched the spring semester Feb. 5 with many new changes and additions.

Among these changes and additions, the new officers of the leadership team were sworn in for their duties, a new Twitter account was launched and a renewed focus on reflecting and serving the interested of the student body was developed.

SGA Vice President Lacie Fink, sophomore accounting major, presided in her position debut.

While none of the student organizations presented bills, new SGA class and executive officers took their oaths of office.

Student senators also nominated peers and classmates for the honors of Mr. and Miss Union and Homecoming court.

Fink said she thought the session went well.

“A lot of people participated in it and people seemed to enjoy it,” she said.

While new to her executive position, Fink has enjoyed Senate and student government since her freshman year.

“I love leadership positions — being able to serve in a way that I can use strengths and certain things I enjoy doing,” she said.

Fink said she looks forward to making Senate more engaging and accessible to the student body.

She said she hopes more students, even those who are not senators, will become aware of the opportunity Senate offers “to make their voice heard if they have a complaint or constructive criticism about campus, [and to know] that somebody is representing that interest.”

Both Fink and SGA President Jenaye White, junior public relations major, expressed excitement about the new Twitter account, @uusenate.

White, who is former SGA vice president, said organizers created the account “for members of the student body to tweet bill ideas and keep up with what’s going on in Senate,” as well as follow the progress of passed bills through Union’s administration.

Another change to this year’s Senate is the addition of four new officer positions: Speaker Pro Temp, chaplain, clerk and Sergeant of Arms.

 

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