10:59 a.m., April 19, 2013

Eight new faces elected to SGA

Student Government Association welcomed its newly elected senators to its first meeting April 9.

The eight new senators were Christa Avery, David Cieply, Kady Davis, Kylie Foster, Adison Pope, Dimitri Sofias, Tricia Summers and Katy Wells.

They will join the eight returning senators for the coming fall semester. The returning senators are Miso Bak, Stefan Becker, Mei Mei Cui, Xingnan “Teddy” Guo, Tycee Mohler, Daniel Russell, Wednesday Storm and Zhongyn “Peter” Zhang.

In other SGA business, the group is trying to amend its own constitution. The constitution says only a returning senator can run for office. Mike Wondrash, current SGA president, had to break the constitutional rules when he ran for office as the returning members of SGA at the time had no interest in running for office. The group is looking to open the offices of secretary, treasurer, parliamentary officer, etc. to any senators who want to run, including those who are new.

The matter of opening president and vice president offices to new senators is still an ongoing debate. Also, SGA is considering putting a candidate for president and a candidate for vice president on the same ticket to help ensure a more communication-enriched relationship between the two.

The amendments must be presented to the group a week before they can be ratified, and after they are ratified, elections for the new officers will take place.