Student Senate meets for last time this semester

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This semester at Florida A&M University has been filled with more challenges than ever before. 

From starting this semester with many students who either withdrew from FAMU or stayed home to continue school virtually, to barely any in person events, this was not a year for the weak.

Due to the unfortunate circumstances we are under as a university, it is satisfying to know that we have great leaders whose first priority is to gather amongst each other to discuss student concerns. A great amount of these leaders come from the Student Government Association.

This past Monday, over thirty student leaders in SGA discussed important issues dealing with the recent performance of the senate, finances, improving communication between students and SGA, law school circuit bills to be voted on and what the senate can improve on next semester.

Student Relations Committee Chairman Artise Lewis informed his colleagues that amending certain documents is what’s best for the student body.

“The senate will be looking to continue amending many documents to an updated version that fits the university and student body layout, so that we can create a better SGA. We want to be acknowledged as one of the most profound leadership organizations on campus,” said Lewis.

Lewis and many other senators were very pleased with how the last SGA meeting of the semester went. Joshua Brown, a junior senator, was one of the many senators who were pleased with the result of Monday’s meeting.

“I believe the meeting was very productive, concise, and straight to the point considering we acknowledged and completed everything on our agenda,” said Brown.

Helping other student led organizations is also something that was elaborated on quite often. Second term Student Senator Makira Burns had a concern when it came to this subject.

Burns spoke on the decisiveness of decisions made and the impact it has on the student body understanding of SGA.

“Because we are the financial custodians of the senate body, I think it’s crucial for students to understand how and why we make our decisions, as well as what it takes to make these difficult situations.”

For the SGA leaders who make an impact every day in the senate, they are acknowledged at the end of every month. The two SGA Liaisons that were acknowledged for their hard work in the senate meeting were Kayla Braggs and Nyla Sams.

Braggs and Sams acknowledged how they were thankful to be nominated and win October and November senator of the month.

“I was honestly shocked about this nomination. However, I have an exceptional committee that works well with each other so we could approach new processes needed for the Activity and Service Budget Committee,” said Braggs.

Sams helped in a way of informing student organizations on how to stay financial for the upcoming next semester.

“I worked with different committees in the senate to improve budgeting tactics, so many organizations will be financially stable,” said Sams.