SA Senate elects two cabinet members and senator

By Tom Burton

DeKALB — Two directors for the Student Association Cabinet were elected along with another senator during Sunday’s weekly Senate meeting.

Tristan Martin, Speaker of the Senate, led parliamentary procedure in electing these individuals, along with making the NIU Capoeira Angola Club an SA fully recognized organization.

Sandra Puebla, senior political science and history major, and junior marketing major Lance Sauter were approved as directors of the SA Cabinet after they addressed the senate.

Puebla has been active around campus and is currently the Vice President of Dream Action NIU. Puebla said she wants to engage students more about their rights in politics beyond voting.

She also said students should know how to lobby, protest and make their voices heard as undergraduates. She said she wants to re-establish the republican club on campus and that reaching out to other organizations is a good way to make that happen.

“I don’t think a lot of students are aware that there are political clubs on campus,” Puebla said. “I definitely want them to have more exposure [and] be able to have debates over certain issues.”

Sauter has three years of sales experience and currently works at Vantage Marketing, which is the largest door-to-door marketing company for pest control. Sauter said he hopes to use his sales and marketing skills to increase student advertisement around campus.

Second-year Communication major Marianna Carr was also appointed as a senator-at-large. She said she wants to take action regarding student issues she hears in her residence hall experiences.

Carr is currently a community advisor in Neptune Residence Hall and is also heavily involved in the hall, including being a member of the Community Council at Neptune.

“People know what SA is, but they don’t really know what SA does and the changes they make,” Carr said. “I want to make us more well-known around NIU.”

SA also approved to make the NIU Capoeira Angola Club  a fully recognized student organization. The group plays instruments dating back thousands of years, in hopes of carrying on rich historical traditions.

Oliver Camacho, president of the NIU Capoeira Angola Club, said the club can provide students experiences they did not know were open to them.

“It’s more than just music, it’s something that is very dynamic,” Camacho said. “It incorporates history, music, dance and elements of physical expression to create community.”

Camacho also said the organization is looking to expand unity here on campus and expand cultural wellness and diverse issues. There are no dues to join this organization.