Senate confirms three senators, approves groups

By Christopher Norman

The Student Association confirmed three new senators and organizations at its meeting Sunday in the Holmes Student Center’s Sky Room.

The SA Senate previously had six vacancies. For each candidate to be confirmed, they required a two-thirds vote from the Senate in their favor.

Some debate took place among senators as to how the vote should be carried out. One senator recommended the group vote by secret ballot.

A secret ballot would facilitate better relationships among senators in the future, some said. A short recess then took place, in which some determined a secret ballot would be against standard order. Senators voted against the use of secret ballot, and the motion to confirm senate appointees was voted on by hand.

Julio Topete, a freshman political science major, was the first appointee to go before the Senate. He is involved in the Organization of Latin American Students, the Latino Cultural Awareness Committee and two intramural soccer teams. Topete also participated in high school student government. By taking part in the SA, he said he hopes to gain some first-hand experience on how a political committee functions.

Josh Alvarado, a sophomore political science major, was next to speak. He also is involved in OLAS, LCAC and an intramural soccer team.

Jason Barsema, a sophomore finance and economics double major, was the last appointee to speak. In preparation to speak to the Senate, Barsema said he asked many students what they found wrong with the university. He found other than parking issues, the bus lines and better food, the student body thinks the Senate is doing a great job.

More discussion as to how “cool” each of the appointees were also took place. In the end, the Senate decided to confirm each appointee based on their leadership experience, positive attitude and future SA plans.

Topete said he hoped he could help fix little things on campus.

“With just a little effort they could be changed,” Topete said.

The group also approved three new student organizations.

The Multicultural Greek Council was accepted first. Andrew Becerra, president of the MGC, said the group represents more than 120 people on campus, about one-fourth of the Greek society. He said it was the job of the MGC to represent members of Greek society who were not represented by the IFC, the CPC, or the NPHC.

Spin is a student organization that raises people’s awareness of mobility impairments and holds activities for those with mobility impairments. Annihilation is a student entertainment group focusing on music and dance. The group was formerly known as Vibe. In order to retain membership in the SA, the group needed to be reapproved.