The Student Government Association (SGA) met Tuesday, September 18 in the Penmen Room in the Athletic Center. They met to discuss current conference requests and swear in the newly elected senators.

To begin, the meeting was called to order at 5:06 p.m. A roll call took place determining that three senators were absent. Given only 16 out of 25 seats for senate are actually filled, the shortage on the 18th was not desirable. 

After roll call, the new senators present were sworn in. Among the new senators who took an oath to SGA were Rosa Valente (’21), George Karlberg (’22), Zainab Naziri (’22), Alexis Smyrski (’22), Anna Norton (’22) and Gregory Tolson (’22).

 The SGA then moved into officer reports. 

Chief Financial Officer Timothy Price presented budget requests from CAPE, the Student Veteran Association and the Sports Management Club, all of which were approved.

President Iesina Tupouniua then presented a co-sponsorship and spoke about the vacancy in the Vice President spot. Tupouniua used to hold the position of Vice President but recently stepped up to become President of the SGA after McKayla Hutchins stepped down.

“I’m excited to share this experience with all of you,” said President Tupouniua to the senate and executive board.

Tupouniua explained the vice president position to the senators and spoke of requirements needed for each person applying for the position. Qualifications include having at least a 3.0 grade point average and having been on the SGA for at least a year. 

Soon after, the members of the Student Government Association finally did proper introductions during the allotment of time reserved for Advisor Gavin Telfer’s comments.  

To end the September 18 meeting, SGA members took time to snap for each other’s accomplishments within the association. 

The meeting was adjourned at 5:44 p.m. It lasted nearly forty minutes. While brief, the meeting was an important stepping stone for SGA.

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