50th Student Senate session concludes

Kathlyn Hotynski

With the 50th Student Senate session wrapping up at the end of the month, President-elect Ray French and Vice President-elect Meghan Charlier are interviewing candidates this week for the 51st session’s executive board.

On April 2, current president Chris Wagner and vice president Chris Nielson will hand the reigns of the Senate over to French and Charlier. French said the meeting will also have recognitions of services for outgoing leaders not coming back.

Nielson said besides interviewing for directors, the Senate will focus on training the new senators for the new session over the next month.

“We will have a run-down on parliamentary procedure (for the new senators) and how it all works,” he said. “(New senators) have Senate buddies that will help them transition into the new system.”

French said people going for executive board positions generally have been around Senate for awhile and who gravitate towards leadership positions.

“(I was) in Senate for six months before taking a leadership role,” French said. “Some don’t move (to executive board) and that’s fine too. (Executive board members) are always leaders in the Senate role – showing what senator legislation is supposed to look like.”

French will take over a Senate that will have all on-campus and off-campus positions filled, minus the two spots that will be vacant when French and Charlier take over their presidency roles.

Junior Dan Schauer, who was a write-in candidate for the elections last week, will be appointed as an off-campus senator in the near future as well, French said.

Nielson said he will help French and Charlier if they have any questions in the future. He also said although he doesn’t see himself returning to the Senate in the near future, he will continue to help with the Davies Project until Gov. Jim Doyle signs off on it.

Overall, Nielson said he believes he and Wagner had success in the leadership roles in the 50th Student Senate session.

“(The Davies Project) is a big one because that is going to be something that will change our campus for years to come,” he said. “We started Minority Issue roundtable and that started some dialogues on campus. We can be pleased with how the session went.”