Not much room was left in the gallery, as it was filled with potential additions to the Student Government Association (SGA).
On April 24 at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center, 14 members of senate heard several nominations for senate seats in the SGA, including two former members of Amplify, Isaac Mitchell and Matt Hinkleman.
Hinkleman, current off-campus senator and former vice president, said Cameron DeBlaisio, current vice president, did a “really great job” as vice president during the meeting.
“I don’t plan on nitpicking or going out of my way to tell him ‘You should do this, you should do that’ because I know he’s going to have his own spin on the position.” Hinkleman said.
Apart from seats on the senate, other nominations included new SGA cabinet members such as press secretary, chief of staff and parliamentarian.
Zack Neitzel, SGA press secretary, said he hadn’t had any SGA experience until working as communications director for Elevate’s, the elected executive slate for 2019-2020, campaign.
“He (Aiden Medellin, SGA president) had reached out to me about being the communications director, and then [through] talking, we both felt like it would be good for me to move into press secretary, if I were to get it,” Neitzel said.
But it wasn’t just newcomers being nominated into senate, Gina Esposito, collegiate senator, said she initially joined as an on-campus senator, but a change in caucus was “the perfect move” for her.
“ … Our current representative for the collegiate caucus in CCIM was graduating, and I felt that him and I have grown close in a relationship, working [with him] has taught me a lot about his position,” Esposito said. “ … and I also think that it’s really important to give a new incoming freshman the seat on the on-campus caucus so they have the same experiences that I did.”
Additionally, the senate heard nominations for Student Judicial Court justices. All nine nominees were accepted into the court.
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