Student Senate greets new members

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The senate held their annual Monday meeting on October 17.  Seats were full due to the eight newly elected freshmen senators and two graduate senators. SGA President Zackery Bell swore in the senators and reminded them to remember why they ran and stay true to who they are.

President Pro-Tempore, London Mondelus, who is the head of the Senate Executive Committee, said she is planning to host a party at the polls after the midterm elections. More information will be released in the upcoming weeks.

Senate President Kelton Williams addressed the fact he would like the senate to focus on pushing bills that will benefit the student body. Williams is planning to make the last Monday of the month a dead day, to focus on brainstorming ideas.

Nyla Sams, Chief of Staff for the executive branch, gave her report as well. On October 31st the Bell Burn administration is planning to hold a domestic violence drive to collect items on behalf of a local shelter. More details will be released on the event flier.

Sams also mentioned there are three Ad HOC Committee positions open. This includes the Department of Economic Development, the Department of Student Welfare and the Department of Communications. Students can access the applications on the Bellxburns instagram account.

During the meeting, Senate President Williams brought a resolution bill to the floor. The name of the bill is the FAMU-FSU Future Collaboration. The bill is to recognize there needs to be a lesion from Florida A&M University and Florida State University for the College of Engineering.

FSU Senators Zachary Schindler and Kyle Casiple came to the meeting and stated how they were excited to push a bill that will make a difference on the shared campus. Since the bill was on second reading, some senators gave recommendations on the rhetoric used in the bill.

The bill was passed by the senate with a 15-0 vote . Senate President Williams said “ This bill is the first step to working with the FSU senate on improvements for the engineering school. The FSU senate also wrote a similar bill as well ” Williams said.

Williams as well as the two Florida State University senators will be meeting with Survanu De who is the dean of The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. The bill will be presented to him with hopes of bringing a resolution.

The senate meeting closed out with an open forum. Senator Harris, who is a Senior Senator, gave her congratulations to the newly elected senators and wished them well on their future in the Senate.