On Thursday, April 15, the student senate nominated and elected Nick Saia, freshman in civil engineering, as speaker pro tempore of the student senate.
In this role, Saia said he will strive to treat everyone with respect and hear all voices.
“Legislation writing is an intimidating process, even for experienced senators,” Saia said. “Every idea deserves its day in court.”
Saia ran against Creighton Glasscock, senior in computer science. While Saia hasn’t had the years of experience Glasscock has, he said he’d make up for it with effort.
“When I don’t know, I ask,” Saia said. “When I don’t understand, I put the work in. Experience or no, it’s commitment that makes the difference.”
Several senators and guests at the meeting spoke to Saia’s responsibility and eagerness, including Hannah Heatherman, senior in finance.
“One of the attributes that stands out to me the most is that he’s always hungry,” Heatherman said. “He’s hungry for work and to do more for a senate body.”
Student senate also passed several resolutions. It commended the College of Education for its Rural Education summit; winners of the Live Ideas short story contest; Dr. Bryan Samuel for his work as chief diversity and inclusion officer; and Trey Varner for creating the Wildcat Mentor Program.
Additionally, student sexual assault awareness and prevention director Sara Haggard encouraged everyone to attend the Walk to End Sexual Violence on Friday, April 23, starting at 4 p.m. and walking from City Park to Bosco plaza. Haggard said there will be several speakers, including Thomas Lane, vice president for student life and dean of students, and several survivors of sexual assault.
Student senate will reconvene at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22. Members of Student Governing Association can meet in Room 1088 of the Business Building, while others can join via Zoom. Students interested in attending future meetings can email Blake Phillips, speaker of the senate and sophomore in management information systems, at firstname.lastname@example.org.