Senate introduces two bills, confirms nominees
Written by Amelia Lucas|
September 10, 2015
During their second meeting of the new semester, the Student Assembly Senate introduced two new bills and confirmed nominees to the election commission, review board and a representative to the Board of Visitors.
Sen. Eboni Brown ’17 introduced a bill that will allow students to submit designs for homecoming t-shirts. A committee will review all submitted designs, and the senate will select the final design. Moreover, the bill proposes allocating $4,000 for the purchase of the t-shirts, which will be sold in support of the College of William and Mary’s football team.
“This is just simply a bill for homecoming t-shirts and making sure that we have everything in place so that we can go ahead and get the t-shirts’ design and sell them at homecoming,” Brown said.
Chairman of the senate Dan Ackerman ’16 assigned the bill to the finance, student life and outreach committees.
Sen. Seth Opoku-Yeboah ’16 introduced “The Jill Ellis Homecoming Act.” The bill allocates $350 from the Student Activities Reserve to pay for transportation to the women’s soccer game Sept. 25, because United States national women’s soccer team head coach Jill Ellis ’88 will be present at the game and will speak during halftime.
“It makes sense to provide shuttles to the stadium, so students who don’t have cars can go,” Opoku-Yeboah said.
Ackerman assigned this bill to the student life and finance committees.
Additionally, the senate confirmed the nominations for executive cabinet members and members of the election commission whose nominations were tabled last semester. These nominations were tabled because the nominees did not meet with their assigned committee and did not appear in front of the senate during the last meeting of the previous semester.
Following an introduction of each nominee, SA President Yohance Whitaker ’16 provided an executive comment. Committee comment, public comment and senator discussion followed. During senator discussion, senators asked nominees about their credentials and plans if they were to be confirmed. For example, Ackerman asked Yussre El-Bardicy ’16, who received the nomination to be a student representative to the Board of Visitors, why she applied for the position.
“I first was interested when last year I went to a BOV meeting,” El-Bardicy said. “I was there with Hannah Cohn, who was the secretary of diversity. We were there to talk about one of the diversity initiatives we were doing. I got the sense of what the BOV room, when it’s full, looks like … I didn’t know before that there were student representatives for the BOV, what it looked like, and I think it’s an important role.”
El-Bardicy received confirmation as a representative to the Board of Visitors. Moreover, Sarahbeth Rabin ’15 J.D. ’18, Emma Douglas ’16 and Emilee Hunt ’18 were confirmed as members of the Review Board, and Nicholas Cardozo ’17 was confirmed as an Election Commission member during the meeting.