SGA senate gains 6 seats in two sessions, College of Information remains unrepresented

SGA senate gains 6 seats in two sessions, College of Information remains unrepresented

SGA senate gains 6 seats in two sessions, College of Information remains unrepresented
October 10
11:20 2018

The SGA Senate appointed five new senators during the Sept. 26 session and another during the Oct. 3 session, increasing the body to a total of 31 legislators. After these additions, there is a deficit of 14 senators since the SGA Constitution affords 45 seats to the chamber.

The SGA Senate appointed five new senators during the Sept. 26 session and another during the Oct. 3 session, increasing the body to a total of 31 legislators. After these additions, there is a deficit of 14 senators since the SGA Constitution affords 45 seats to the chamber.

During the Sept. 26 session, media arts junior Kiasi Young was appointed to be a senator representing the College of Visual Arts and Design after nine minutes of deliberation. Young said in her appointment speech she wants to make a “temporary sidewalk” available for students seeking access to the CVAD building, as well as “more networking opportunities and job fairs” to provide CVAD students with professional connections related to their majors.

Computer science junior Megdelawit Woldeselassie became the sole senator from the College of Engineering after a five minute deliberation. Woldeselassie said one of her goals for her term is improving the level of involvement for the Discovery Park students who do not get to be involved in the events, activities or organizations on the main campus.

SGA appointed Daniel Ojo, a political science transfer student, to serve as a senator from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences after seven minutes of deliberation. Ojo said he wanted to be part of something “more intentional” on campus. Ojo said many organizations on campus that want to accomplish goals often fail due to a “lack of motivation.” Ojo said the student government “sees that things get done.”

Physics senior Claudia Campos became a senator representing the College of Science after 12 minutes of deliberation. Campos said some of her interests and goals as a senator are tailoring inclusivity programs for students based on their majors, transparency within the College of Science and provisions for “students who are most at risk.”

After 41 minutes of questioning and closed discussion, journalism junior Derek Foshee took his seat as one of the two senators from the Mayborn School of Journalism. Before Foshee’s appointment speech began, freshmen interns for SGA vacated their seats for a study session. The interns were present for the previous four appointments, though they do not have voting power.

Junior journalism major and senator for the Mayborn School of Journalism Derek Foshee taking notes during the SGA meeting in room 332 in the Union on October 3, 2018. Emily Olkkola

Foshee began his speech by acknowledging tensions between the Mayborn School of Journalism and the Student Government Association. SGA Vice President Dominique Thomas interjected during Foshee’s speech and asked him to explain the complaints.

“Organizations and groups within the Mayborn School of Journalism feel like they’re getting weaned off,” Foshee said. “They feel like [they’re] getting pushed out. They don’t feel represented.”

Foshee’s platform consisted of the mission to bridge the gap between SGA and Mayborn. Foshee said SGA is “hugely important” to the university for school spirit and school pride, though he did not provide concrete fixes to the rift between the groups. This set off questions from senators regarding solutions to these issues.

Senator Luis Benitez opened up the period of questioning between sitting senators and candidate Foshee.

“Because I’m from the College of Science, I’m on a kind of different spectrum,” Benitez said. “I know nothing from your college, sorry. How do some of the organizations [and] people in your college feel weaned off?”

Foshee said the main issue is budget cuts to organizations within Mayborn, namely the North Texas Daily. Foshee said a lack of representation for Mayborn organizations is another source of contempt.

Senate Secretary Rachel Shafer said SGA does not have the “power to manipulate social phenomena” in reference to improving recognition of Mayborn on social media platforms. Shafer voted against Foshee’s appointment to one of the two seats allocated to the college.

“A critique is much more valuable to us than a compliment,” said College of Business Senator Ben Wagner during the senate discussion period. “I think we should set the standard for how, as SGA, we respond to those types of comments.”

During the Oct. 3 session, sociology sophomore Danielle Colvin was appointed to a College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences seat. Colvin’s appointment process wrapped up within a 10 minute period.

Update: After this story was published, two additional senators were confirmed. At the Oct. 10 SGA meeting, electrical engineering junior Balmore Giron and philosophy junior Yulissa Molina were confirmed for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, respectively. This brings the number of empty senate seats to 12 and as of the Oct. 10 meeting, the College of Information remains unrepresented.

Featured Image: Sociology sophomore Danielle Colvin at the SGA meeting in room 332 in the Union on October 3, 2018. In this meeting, she was elected for senator for the College of Liberal Arts. Emily Olkkola

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