Student Senate holds weekly meeting

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Florida A&M University’s Student Senate held a brief yet productive meeting Monday afternoon in which they discussed bill movements, elections, upcoming events and conducted confirmations for spring semester.

Student Government Association President Carrington Whigham spoke on the upcoming FAMU Day at the Capitol, which will take place next week

“This is not an Executive Branch thing, a Judicial Branch thing, this is an SGA thing, so we need everyone there, because it is kind of embarrassing when we’re in the capital city, but FAMU has the lowest attendance.” Whigham said.

In addition, two new senators were sworn in by Whigham. The students raised their right hand as they recited the oath of office. They swore by the constitution and statutes of the Student Government Association and the policies of FAMU.

Whigham also spoke briefly of the upcoming ‘Be Out Day’ which she referred to as FAMU’s spring homecoming. She encouraged senators to share any ideas for the festival style event with the Legislative branch representatives

Senate President Zachary Bell announced that he will be taking a brief leave of absence, with the student senate Pro-Tempore Ariel Burks, assuming the position following Monday’s meeting.

“I will still be around of course if anybody has any questions whatsoever,” Bell said.

Confirmations took place with three students being accepted for positions. The confirmation process consisted of an opening period, 10-minute question-answer period and an optional closing period.

The student senate voted unanimously in the approval of the preset volunteer list for the electoral commission for the spring election. Due to these being just volunteers, these students did not have to participate in the confirmation but had to submit an application, along with meeting a GPA and credit hour requirement.

It was announced that the first ASBC deliberation meeting will be conducted on Saturday at 9 a.m. in the senate chambers. The student senate also discussed the declaration that occurred this past Sunday; they are still working on the planning of the pageant.