Senate ends semester, elects new fall officers

Greg Salzer - State News Editor

Greg Salzer – State News Editor

Due to cold temperatures during the afternoon hours, Student Senate ended its year with an indoor hamburger and polish sausage picnic.

The picnic marked the induction of the new officers and the stepping down of the old officers.

Adam Griffin, Senate adviser, thanked the senators for their work.

“We appreciate it,” he said, pointing out the returning senators.

“It was frustrating for everyone not having the numbers up.”

Outgoing Senate president Eric Ducommun said he hoped the Senate would be larger next fall.

“I would like to see the senators follow through on their commitment if they are going to be on Senate,” he said.

Newly elected Senate president Eric Norris agreed.

“I look forward to it,” he said. “I want to get Senate to make decisions in a business sense. I want to bring back the prestigious Senate. I want the student body to see what an honor it is.”

Following Norris’ lead are Greg Salzer, vice president elect and State News Editor for The Chart; Garrison Earnest, treasurer elect and Kristen Duwe, secretary elect.

All new officers ran unopposed.

“I hope to implement a plan for Student Senate and our senators,” Earnest said.

“I want to budget our money to hold back but still be able to give back.”

Earnest said he enjoyed being on Senate.

“I just wanted to get in there and change some things,” he said.

Duwe said she was also glad to be on Senate.

“I’m very excited about the next year,” she said.

“I think we can get the student opinion across.”

Duwe said the Senate is an important part of the student body.

Senate adviser Josh Doak said he would like to see Senate grow.

“I would like to see better commitment from the people representing their student body,” he said. “We need more standardization.”

Norris, Doak, Earnest and Ducommun said they wanted to see Senate work on allocation requests.

“As far as allocating money, we say one thing and then totally flip flop the next week,” Doak said.

Doak said the resolutions Senate passed were needed and he said he hoped Senate would continue its work next fall as well.

“The Frisbee golf course, it gets a lot of use,” he said. “It’s brilliant.”

Ducommun said his memorable resolution involved the recreation center.

“I’m really excited that we finally have a location for the rec center,” he said.

“We can finally enjoy the fruits of our labor.”

During his final speech, Ducommun told senators he appreciated the work they put in and thanked them for staying with the Senate throughout the year.

“I thank those who were instrumental in getting the rec center in front of the Board of Governors,” he said.

“I wish you the best of luck.”