Student Government introduced new leadership after Monday evening’s inductions at the senate meeting. While the election left many write-ins and open seats, students finally learned who their senators are for next school year.
Junior biomedical science major and Vice President Matt Butler, of Alton, Illinois, said an application for the open College of Arts and Sciences senator position was sent out to everyone in CAS, along with the position’s requirements.
Applicants then interviewed with Butler and Student Body President Jacob Graham. Sophomore international studies Kaitlyn Kyle, of Dupo, Illinois, was selected for the position.
According to Butler, it is not unusual to have vacancies for senator positions following elections.
“We try to reach as many students as we can,” Butler said. “Obviously, that doesn’t always happen, but when it doesn’t happen we try as much as we can to fill the remaining spots.”
Junior psychology and criminal justice major Anna Miller, of Troy, Illinois, and sophomore accounting major Ronald Akpan, of Dunlap, Illinois, now hold two of the three senator-at-large positions.
After the election, one seat was granted for a write-in. Junior biology major Erica Haas, of Decatur, Illinois, now holds this position.
Akpan said he was surprised that there was a write-in spot, as the senator-at-large positions grant voices to all schools.
“I feel like senator-at-large, of all senator positions, is the biggest one just because you’re not confined to a certain school — you’re able to reach out to all,” Akpan said.
Junior psychology major Madalynn McKenzie, of Alton, Illinois, was also written into the election for the second School of Education, Health and Human Behavior seat. McKenzie said being written into the election will influence the way she makes decisions on senate.
“I think I will have more careful consideration, especially since there were people who really thought I was capable of the position, and I don’t want to let them down,” McKenzie said.
The election yielded two write-ins for the School of Dental senator position. Each candidate received two votes. However, according to Butler, the positions may not be filled.
According to former Student Body President Mackenzie Rogers, who will begin her term as SIUE student trustee this summer, there have not been any School of Dental senators for years.
The applications for Financial Officer, External Affairs Officer, Internal Affairs Officer, Student Diversity Officer, Organization Relations officer and Marketing and Communications Officer opened after Graham was voted president.
Graham announced Monday that he chose Rachel Bryant for Financial Officer, Madelyn Walters for External Affairs Officer, Isabella Gruse for Internal Affairs Officer, Cornelius Allen for Student Diversity Officer, Hailey Dearing for Organization Relations Officer and Ashley Cameron for Marketing and Communications Officer.
Graham said he chose these new executive board members with help from those who previously held the positions.
“I invited all of the previous executive board officers to sit in on the interviews and I asked them what they were looking for in the positions,” Graham said.
According to Butler, each of these executive board members will be responsible for choosing their committee cabinets.