This week in the continuing saga of SGA business, president Erick Thacker greeted the assembly for the last time by issuing various verbal good ole boy awards. The following people received the following rewards:
• Nonsense Award- Jack Killian
• Heart and Soul Award- Kristy McKelry
• Abstinence Award- Mike Burleson
• Beard Award- Chris Cole
• If You Want to Know Something Award-Laura Moore
• Loud and Clear Award- Amber Ravschkolo
• Most Likely to Succeed Award- Sam Powles
• Keeping it Real Award-Jade O-Neal
• Two Most Likely to Paint Campus Pink Award- Jude and Emily
President Thacker concluded the awards ceremony by awarding himself the "Most Likely to be Homeless Award" and by passing out the "Most Likely Never to Come Back from an SGA Field Trip Award" which was give anonymously to those who "know who you are." After the laughter finally died down, the ex-president gave a short informal speech about how he had enjoyed the position and getting to know everyone. Remarks were made about late nights spent at TGI Friday's, bickering about what needed to be done. President Thacker ended on this note: "The best thing about SGA is putting your heart into something that you care about."
Once the polite laughter, golf-like applause and the sporadic tear was dispelled, President Thacker thanked everyone who had run again, and then swore in Ryan Schueler as the new SGA President. Schueler made quick comment about being excited to serve in the office, after which he swore in the new officers and members of the House to cattle calls of needing to "memorize the oaths."
This week in the Senate
During this week's Senate meeting, it was business as usual. Since there were no minutes to approve, there was a bit of confusion of how to proceed. This was, however, quickly cleared up.
Exponent reporter Tomas Gallucci was introduced to the Senate and was given the title Chief SGA Senate Correspondent.
There was a bill written by honor student Ryan Tonini to start the Student Council for the Honors Program. There was some deliberation over the request for acceptance by the Senate, but ultimately it was tabled because Mr. Tonini did not get his request signed by the appropriate dignitaries.
There was some discussion over the Senator Campbell's controversial new position, although none of her fellow senators had any qualms with her serving in the Senate as well as working for The Exponent.
The hot issue of the evening was that of the removal of Senator Latoya Jackson. After Senate Bill 04-05.13 was read, discussion resulted in a motion to amend the bill's language, mostly to correct clerical errors. The bill, authored by Senator Campbell and sponsored by chair of the Rules Committee Senator Parks, passed unanimously.
The Senate met for a record twenty-five minutes, most of which was extraneous talk about having T-shirts at events to which everyone replied that they got a T-shirt which led to the general consensus that there was no one topless at the Senate meeting.
The last item of the night was that of next week's meeting requiring formal dress for photographs. The right to wear a kilt in said photographs was stifled. However, the end of the meeting, it was generally agreed upon that so long as it was presentable and formal, any article of clothing could be worn.