Few senators cause trip cancelation

Student Senate did not make its annual trip to Jefferson City on Feb. 15 and 16.

Out of 12 confirmed members, only four showed up on the morning before the trip was to begin.

Adam Griffin, Senate advisor, said he was disappointed in the turn out.

“That’s not a good showing to our representatives,” he said.

Six or more members were needed to keep the trip.

Fifteen members had signed up for the trip, and three had said they had come into other obligations.

Membership in Senate is also down. The number of senators who are capable to run for a Senate office is less than 10 because of the number of absences many senators have had. In order for a senator to become an officer, that senator must have been on Senate for at least two semesters and for president and vice president, must be at least a junior.

The deadline for new senators to join has already passed.

Griffin also said the senators will discuss the donation of the Tsunami Relief Fund at the next meeting. He said he did not know the total amount raised by Senate to match those raised by other student organizations up to $1,500, but the total amount should be known by the next meeting.

Senate secretary Amber Hemphill has also become the new student representative to the Board of Governors, awaiting state legislative approval. She will take over for Senate president Eric Ducommun, who had other obligations.

Hemphill said though she is beginning her senior student teaching semester at Seneca High School, she will try to be at every meeting for the rest of the year.

Griffin said he watched a video of the last Board meeting.

“She did a pretty good job,” he said.

Hemphill said she looks forward to working with the Board.

“At first, I was terrified,” she said. “But, the Governors were really nice in introducing themselves.”

Hemphill said the Governors seemed to appreciate her effort and listened to what she had to say.

“It was really reassuring,” she said.

She said she was glad to tell the Governors what she thought about adding a possible fee for the new recreation and health center.

“I told them the truth,” she said. “I don’t think $75 is a big change.”

Doug Carnahan, dean of students and Senate adviser, said he appreciates Hemphill’s effort.

“We were delighted to have Amber volunteer,” he said. “She knows what’s going on, and she speaks up.”

Senate will resume its regular meetings at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the House of the Lords Room in the Billingsly Student Center.