Student Senate held an election before winter break, in which four new representatives were selected.
Each senator represents a specific voice for an area of student life. Tyler Dundek was elected as the Campus Recreation Senator; Zebulun Freeman-Walker as the Greek Life Senator; Deysi Rodriguez as the Organization Senator; Chris Cooper was elected as the At-Large Senator.
The Student Senate works with Lewis Administration to provide a safe learning environment, meeting with President David Livingston once a semester to review plans for campus improvements. Livingston provides a list of potential projects for senators to consider, leaving the senators propose ideas for the administration to consider.
“[The general assembly] is where students can come and voice all of their concerns or opinions,” said Valerie Peterson, business administration major and president of Student Senate.
As a student, participation at general assemblies is critical to improving aspects of the campus. The assemblies provide an opportunity for students to voice concerns, offer potential improvements and meet with student body representatives.
As current senators graduate and move out of their position, elections are held each spring semester. If one would like to have a direct impact on the campus, consider applying for a vacant position. It is also encouraged to vote for new senators as representatives to the Lewis Administration, voicing concerns for students' wants and needs for the community.
“I am a senior studying physics, and I ran for the position because I have been heavily involved in club sports, intramurals and I've been a frequent user of the other campus rec resources," said Dundek. "I knew I would be able to bring a broad view of the needs of campus rec to the student senate.”
To encourage student involvement, the senate hosts two general assemblies during each semester. The first assembly is Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. in AS158. The second assembly is still to be announced.