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Eight new senators join SGA's ranks

Senate leader Josh Moody, right, swears in eight new senators in the Bovee University Center Auditorium, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. From left to right, the senators are: Webberville senior Jordan Burrum, Elkhart, Indiana freshman Izie Williams, Troy sophomore Brendan Butash, Newport sophomore Max Ranger, India graduate student Namita Chauhan, Detroit freshman Aubre Thomas, Grosse Pointe Woods sophomore Charlotte Duus and Livonia senior Madison Kozlowski.

Eight new senators were sworn in at the Jan. 27 meeting of Central Michigan University’s Student Government Association.

Each new senator gave a one-minute speech to introduce themselves and their platforms. They also had the opportunity to answer two questions each. Since fewer candidates ran than there were open seats, each candidate needed only one vote to be elected. Rather than voting, members approved a motion to elect all eight candidates as a group.

SGA meetings take place 7 p.m. every Monday in Bovee University Center Auditorium. Meetings are free for all students to attend.

While each member of SGA’s house represent a registered student organization, members of SGA’s senate represent academic colleges. New senators will be assigned colleges in the coming weeks.

The new senators are as follows:

  • Newport sophomore Max Ranger, who introduced parking reform legislation last semester and said he aims to focus on campus safety issues as senator.
  • Grosse Pointe Woods sophomore Charlotte Duus, who said she wants to bring more awareness to mental health resources.
  • Detroit freshman Aubre Thomas, who said she will concentrate her efforts on multicultural representation and getting students involved.
  • Livonia senior Madison Kozlowski, who said she wishes to bring better accessibility features to campus, particularly more gender-neutral bathrooms and updated elevators to some buildings.
  • Elkhart, Indiana freshman Izie Williams, who said she’d like to see a self-defense course offered to all students each semester.
  • Troy sophomore Brendan Butash, who said he’ll concentrate on combating mental health issues on campus.
  • India graduate student Namita Chauhan, who said she’ll work to implement an airport pickup program for international students and to place massage chairs around campus.
  • Webberville senior Jordan Burrum, who said she’d like to “save the planet,” particularly by cleaning up “old trees” along the Chippewa River.

Senators are responsible for voting on legislation in the interest of their college, leading SGA’s six committees, and carrying out student affairs projects. Ideas for projects last semester included more noticeable signage for accessibility features in campus buildings and mitigating paper towel usage on campus.

SGA’s next meeting is on Monday, Feb. 3.