The Student Association Senate-elect met for the first formal time April 21 in the Marvin Center to vote on next year’s chairs for the senate finance, student life and academic affairs committees.
SA Sen. Ben Pryde (U-at-large) was chosen as next year’s finance committee chair, Sen. Omeed Firouzi will be the student life committee chair and Sen. Thomas Falcigno (CCAS-U) will head the academic affairs committee.
Falcigno, a freshman who has served as a legislative aide, committee aide and Secretary to the Senate, said his goals include increasing office hours during class registration periods and working to ensure grades are visible to students in a more timely and efficient manner.
“I want to work to solve academic issues that affect students on a daily basis,” said Falcigno, who replaces current chair Sen. Varsha Sundararaman (ESIA-U).
Pryde, a sophomore who has been on the finance committee for the past two years, replaces Sen. Ryan Counihan (SoB-U), who will be graduating this spring. The finance committee chair is tasked with leading the budget creation process.
Firouzi, who serves as Vice Chair of the student life committee, was chosen to lead the committee next year over Sen. Carlo Wood (SoB-U). Firouzi replaces President-elect Nick Gumas, whose focus on the committee has been the relocation of the Student Health Service and University Counseling Center.
Sundararaman will succeed Sen. Daniel Egel-Weiss (U-at-Large), who did not seek reelection to the Senate this year, as President Pro Tempore. Junior Evan Neilson was confirmed as Senate Chief of Staff. Sophomore Joy Dhar will serve as Senate Secretary.
Details of next year’s Student Association were discussed throughout the meeting. Beginning next year, each student organization will have an appointed Senate liaison, which will serve as the organization’s direct line of communication with the SA. Gumas said interviews for next year’s Executive Cabinet have been completed and will be discussed at next week’s meeting.
“I hope we become more active as a Senate,” Falcigno said. “We have a lot of young members, a lot of fresh ideas.”
The final Senate meeting of the school year will take place on April 28.