By Adeeb Chowdhury
The Student Association recently approved new voting members to its committees and justices to the SA court, as well as adopted a resolution recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Day.
The senate meeting Oct. 15 began by welcoming new faces. Osasumwen Osa was approved as the chief justice of the SA court, and Pilar Balader Herrero and Mac-Olivier Lalanne were welcomed as associate justices. SA President Rudaba Ahmed lauded the new justices of the court, describing the dedication and work ethic she had personally witnessed from each of them.
“I have been consistently impressed by the commitment and integrity of all three justices,” Ahmed said. “I pledge my full support and am excited for the future of the court.”
The Academic Affairs Board also saw two new members receiving approval. Jacob Claypool is the new secretary of the board, and Alexa Dumas joined as a voting member. Academic Affairs Coordinator Ahmed Metwaly voiced his eagerness at working with the pair, particularly citing Claypool’s firm work ethic and Dumas’ charisma and willingness to learn. Dumas shared Metwaly’s excitement as she described what had motivated her to join the board.
“I’ve always had a constant drive to help and educate my fellow students on various issues,” Dumas said. “I think that, as well as my outgoing personality, will really help me make a difference.”
Kathleen Gill and Courtney Tyson were approved as voting members of the Board of Elections. The board’s coordinator Gabrielle McGinley said the two new additions will make waves within the committee, emphasizing Gill’s resolve and constant involvement as well as Tyson’s top-notch organizing skills.
The Public Relations Board also approved Tsion Assefa, Ililan Abebe and Carter Mosher as voting members. Coordinator Naomi Tegybelu introduced the members and described them as devoted, consistent and steadfast in their work.
The meeting also saw the approval of a resolution recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Day, introduced by Vice President Jennifer Stanton. The resolution states the SA’s mission to acknowledge, promote and support events that spread awareness of domestic violence, as well as recognize every third Thursday of October as Wear Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Day.
“The legislative review board worked very diligently on this resolution,” Stanton said. “I’m glad to finally present it to the senate as it’s such a crucial and important issue.”
Senators also discussed various plans and projects for the near future. Senator Jonnell Richard described her plans for a forum where students can talk about issues with housing and landlords, as well as where landlords can post listings. Senator Aminata Traore pitched a project to help educate students on how to fill out a ballot properly, given that voting in the U.S. presidential election is currently underway nationwide.