SGA appoints new chair for organization’s oversight committee

DeKALB — The Senate of the Student Government Association named the 2022 Board of Elections at Sunday’s meeting, along with the nomination of Senator Jacob Burg as chairman of the Board of Elections.

The Senate appointed the five members of the 2022 Elections Council to oversee the SGA spring elections during the last week of March. The Senate nominated Sen. Jacob Burg, Sen. James McCue, Sen. Curtis Baryla, SGA Vice Chairman James Holmes and Sen. Maeve Wallace.

The Senate also approved Senator Benjamin Hickey as one of two alternate members of the Board of Elections who will serve if key board members resign or are unable to serve. Senate President Dallas Douglass said he would draft a new bill to appoint the second alternate member for the spring semester, as they had only had six people accept the nomination to fill the seven seats. available.

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The Senate unanimously nominated Jason Blair, a first-year history student, as senator.

Blair addressed the Senate to outline his goals as a senator, including adding healthier options to vending machines around campus.

“There aren’t a lot of healthy options here when the dining halls are closed,” Blair said. “If students just don’t have the ability to get food and the only option they have is M&Ms, that’s a problem.”

Senator James McCue has been named the new chairman of the organization’s Oversight Committee, which works with student organizations to ensure their constitutions adhere to university guidelines, following former president Clayton Schopfer, who had to resign from the Senate to study abroad in the spring of 2022.

“I believe Senator McCue is the best candidate for this position,” Schopfer said. “He was a very active participant in all of the committee’s conversations.”

The Senate made an amendment to its bylaws that would require organizations seeking recognition by the Organizational Oversight Committee to meet with the committee to discuss their constitutions before being recommended.

President Schopfer pointed out that this was intended to facilitate the recommendation process by allowing the Organization Oversight Committee to work with organizations to resolve issues that would prevent them from being recognized.

“It allows us to make the (recognition) process easier and more accessible,” Schopfer said.

The Senate approved a motion to officially recognize the men’s gymnastics club. The group has a long-term goal of becoming a college sport, a multi-year process that begins with their club status.

The Senate also officially recognized the Northern Illinois University Rover Club, an organization that focuses on the development and construction of rovers designed for the exploration of planets and celestial bodies.