Student Senate confirms new members

49th Student Senate meeting Photo courtesy of Jonathan Edouard

The Student Government Association held their weekly meeting following Florida A&M’s annual homecoming celebrations. 

Monday’s SGA meeting consisted of the updates of six new liaisons that were selected, the rest of the semester and what’s to come in November, and the swearing in of eight new senators that were recently elected into the 49th Senate.

With the conclusion of homecoming, the student Senate has set their eyes on the FAMU vs. Bethune Cookman Classic that takes place in Orlando from Nov. 21 through Nov. 24.

Alexus Lynn, the chief of staff for the current administration, had updates on behalf of the executive board on some events set to take place in the upcoming weeks. With October being breast cancer awareness month, SGA plans to implement ideas and events in recognition. 

“Today we have a few updates for the executive branch; we will be having a pep rally on Oct. 18 versus North Carolina A&T…We’re also going to have a ‘pink out’ carnival, Oct. 25, the same carnival that we do every year…having that carnival out in the quad,” said Lynn. 

Student body President, Rochard Moricette spoke to the Senate members to discuss some of the platform points that has been in the makings as of late. 

“Some of the things that were doing is were going to launch the Rattler Corps this month…the Rattler Corps is going to be a group of lobbyists who are going to help us advocate for more state funding for university projects to protect student welfare,” said Moricette.

The eight new senators that were sworn in today in front of the Senate by President Moricette were: Zachary Bell, Makira Burns, Ahmad Kebe, Artise Lewis, Amon McKinney, Lawrencia Palmer, Marcus Thomas, and Ezekiel Woods. 

The six new liaisons selected to the student Senate: Paletha Dahn, Ama Arkoful, Kennedy Williams, Kelsey Gilmore, Kiara Scott, and Nerlande Valsaint will now join the 49th Student Senate in their administration. 

In Monday’s meeting, new members attempted to be elected as officials with majority gaining affirmation from the floor and the Senate. The students (titles) that were elected were: Myles McKay (secretary of communications), Teron Laidler (secretary of student welfare), Shaanacee Wilson (deputy secretary of student welfare), Kimberly Williams (surgeon general), Chloe LaFaille (deputy surgeon general), and Kaelin Randle (secretary of state). 

McKay, the first official to be elected during the conference, spoke on how he can’t wait to fulfill his position and what his goals and plans are for his new title.

“My goals as Secretary of Communications under the Moricette-Antenor Administration is to improve effective communication of Student Government Association related events to the student body. I plan to do so by implementing a SMS text message service where students can subscribe to receive direct text messages about events and other information.”

The next SGA meeting is set to take place Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Senate Chambers.