Student Senate Amends Constitution. Club representatives will now have a vote.

Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College

Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College

By Joseph Maguschak, Contributing Writer

Monday, Sept. 24 marked Student Senate’s fourth meeting of the semester and its second meeting with a full quorum, after the installation of the Class of 2022 officers and senators-at-large.

President Nick Arbaugh ’20 began the meeting by announcing that Elijah Fernandez has been appointed as a Senator of the Class of 2021. This news was followed by Jon Allen’s report of the $160 million that had been raised this past weekend as a part of the Gettysburg Great campaign.

Secretary Marisa Balanda ’21 then reported that the following clubs have been dissolved:

  • Entrepreneurship Club
  • Film Society
  • Nerd Nation
  • Refugee Action Committee

It was also announced that the following clubs have been derecognized:

  • Phoenix Rising
  • Smart Women’s Securities
  • Vegan/Vegetarian Club

A new constitutional amendment, which adds affinity group leaders and combines selected Senate committees, was passed with a unanimous vote. 

Four clubs put in requests for recognition under Student Senate. After representatives of each club addressed the Senate, offering brief descriptions of what their club would entail, the following have been approved:

  • Historical Society
  • Austrian Economics Club
  • Interfaith Council
  • Shots in the Dark Improv Comedy

Treasurer Haley Gluhanich ’19 took to the stand to initiate a vote for two budget proposals:

  • $3,500 to Disciplemakers Christian Fellowship (DCF)
  • $1,379.89 to Biosphere

Towards the conclusion of the meeting, Arbaugh had club representatives split into their seven affinity groups to discuss leaders for their respective groups. These leaders will have the same voting ability as any senator.

The following students have been chosen to represent them as their leaders:

  • Academic: Ryan Schimmel
  • Arts and Music: Jenna Pavis
  • Cultural: Mark Manu
  • Political: Josh Gonzalez
  • Religious: Laura Fodale
  • Service: Sydney Kaplan
  • Social: Rhiannon Winner

The next Senate meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 1.

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