Student Senate applicants make formal remarks

Clarion, Pa.- Three candidates formally addressed Senate regarding the ongoing Student Senate elections. Brana Hill, a sophomore communication major, was one of the three students who spoke on behalf of their consideration for student senator at the April 6 meeting.

Hill, who is also involved in the Advisory Board for Leadership and Engagement and a student orientation leader and mentor, is “grateful for the opportunity to be considered for Senate.”

“I hope that within this leadership position I will find purpose and appreciation from other students and within myself,” she added. “I know that the challenges that I will face within the position will help me grow as a leader. It is all a great opportunity”

An early childhood special education and rehab science major, Devon Vallies, also addressed Senate regarding his consideration for a position.

“I am really involved on campus,” Vallies said, who is also a student orientation and mentor leader. “But I would like to make Senate my No. 1 priority, to have the chance to work with the students for the students,” he added.

Alyss Oddis, a junior early childhood special education major was the third and final candidate who spoke at the meeting. “It is a great opportunity to have just applied, and I hope to be considered for a position,” Oddis said.

Anyone interested in serving on Senate next year should send an email to explaining why they think that people should vote for them and attach an appropriate profile picture by noon Wednesday, April 8.

Voting will begin on CU Connect at 12 a.m. on Thursday, April 9 and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 10.

In other business, the Advisory Board for Leadership and Engagement was allocated $799 in supplemental funding in order to purchase a new computer for the ABLE office. The computer currently in the office is a 2008 model and has software programs going out of date.

Senator Cole Ordiway was congratulated for his first place win and representation of Student Senate in the “Hired or Fired Experience,” a competition event to help students learn more and practice in professional areas such as writing resumes, public speaking, and applying for internships.

The event helped raise money for the Big Brother and Big Sister program, and was held on April 1 in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room.

To conclude the meeting, student assistant for the Clarion Student Association, Todd Garrett, addressed Senate regarding some concerns that the CSA office was having. Garrett informed Senate how some organizations have not been following CSA’s fundraising policy.

As per CSA policy, any group that completes a fundraising event must complete and submit a summary report form regarding the outcome of the fundraising, what funds were made, and where the funds will be going.

Garrett hopes that Senate would be willing to work with CSA in enforcing the fundraising policy and possibly issues consequences to organizations who do not follow the fundraising guidelines.

Student Senate meetings are held every Monday in 246 Gemmell at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are open to students, staff and the local community.

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