GUSA Roundup: New kids on the block
The new leadership includes Speaker of the Senate Adam Mortillaro (COL ’12), Vice-Speaker Ben Bold (COL ’13), Director of Technology Ben Goldhaber (SFS ’12), Parliamentarian Kolby Keo (COL ’14), and Secretary Laura West (COL ’13).
The Finance and Appropriations Committee is now comprised of Colton Malkerson (COL ’13), Tyler Sax (COL ’13), Chris Pigott (COL ’12), Nate Tisa (SFS ’14), Sandy Glassberg (MSB ’11), Sheila Walsh (COL ’14), and Chairperson Greg Laverierre (COL ’12).
The Senate also nominated Mark Svensson (COL ’12) and Talia Dutcher (COL ’13) to the GUSA Fund to replace members who graduated last year.
The Fund was created last year in order to serve as another funding resource for student groups and has a budget of $30,000 a year; however, student groups must apply to their advisory boards (i.e. Student Activities Commission) before submitting any proposals.
The Fund’s five-member board is not affiliated with the Senate.
Next week’s meeting will largely consist of overhauling the current committee system, according to Mortillaro. Senator Adam Talbot (COL ’12) introduced the A–HAC Recommendation Enactment Amendments Act, which focuses on restructuring Senate committees to allow more senators to serve on each committee.
Mortillaro added that the Senate plans to amend the AREA Act so that budgets will be allotted to each of the committees. In past years, only the Finance and Appropriations Committee was given a budget.