Student senate approves new members

Student Senate members were recognized at the mens basketball game on Wednesday, January 21 in Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

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Student Senate members were recognized at the men’s basketball game on Wednesday, January 21 in Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Two new members joined the ranks of the Student Senate on Wednesday evening, including former member Saif Farag, senior, biology.

Vice President Brooklyn Lampe had been working with a committee to try and fill the vacated seats, leaving just one seat open after the appointment of the two members.

Farag returns after a scheduling conflict forced him to resign from his position at the beginning of the fall 2014 semester.

“I want to help out around campus and be even more involved this time around … I hope you all let me back in,” said Farag.

The other newly appointed senator is freshman political science and economics major Jacob Lane.

“I want to govern and be involved in politics later in life,” said Lane. “I also want to be more involved in the community.”

Senate has one empty seat left and one candidate is waiting in the wings to be voted on next week after being absent on Wednesday evening.

Later in the meeting, Senate addressed and explained their upcoming philanthropy event, St. Baldrick’s.

“It’s an event where we raise money for childhood cancer,” said Senate Treasurer Ashleigh Thomlinson. “We set up in Young Gym, invite the entire community and recruit people to have their heads shaved in exchange for donations.”

Thomlinson described past events and reinforced to the Senate body that the event was a fun, rewarding time.

Senate also discussed an upcoming leadership conference that is held at Washburn University in Topeka, Ks. It is a leadership challenge event that takes place on April 9-10. Only five members will be able to attend and more than ten senators expressed interest in the event.

“It’s a kind of leadership simulation that involves different events every year,” said President Jake Messer. “We also heard from a number of speakers in leadership roles from the area.”

Currently, Senate’s budget sits at $42,299.75. Funds from this semester’s fees had not been received as of Wednesday’s meeting.