Auburn’s new SGA senators met as a group for the first time Monday night. Most of the meeting was spent confirming Presidential appointments for vacant Senate seats, a process which occurred largely without incident.
One of the newly-appointed senators, Kohl Weir, expressed his excitement for the upcoming year, saying, “Senate is one ofthe greatest ways to directly serve students and our constituents. More specifically, it gives us a platform to really advocate for their wants and needs. I’m excited to have a new vessel through which to serve students.”
The meeting was attended by several Executive Officers, including incoming SGA President Logan Powell. In describing his views on the Senate, President Powell said, “Ultimately, it’s so that students across campus have a voice. The Senate will dowhat’s best for Auburn. That’s key: what’s best for Auburn first, and what’s best for the student body next.” President Powell also commented on his administration’s priorities for the next few weeks in relation to the new Senate, explaining, “There are no major pieces of legislation on the desk right now that we’re trying to push through. We’re just getting our team ready, and we can’t really look far beyond that so we don’t lose our focus.”
As President Powell indicated, most of the Senate meeting was spent confirming appointments to fill vacant Senate seats and nominating Executive Officers to serve with the President. The only controversy of the night came when Savannah Silver was nominated to fill Former-Senator Sam Wilcox’s seat on the Senate. Some senators believed that Ms. Silver, who lost aSenate campaign last month, did not reflect the views of the majority of her potential constituents in the College of Liberal Arts.
Senator Dillon Nettles explained his opposition to the appointment by saying, “She was not elected…A majority of students did elect Senator Wilcox and his platform to represent their interests, and we’re considering putting someone in the seat who does not represent the same interests.”
However, several senators rose to support Ms. Silver’s appointment. Senator Caroline Beauchaine stated, “Savannah isthe most qualified to serve. She’s willing to go out into the College of Liberal Arts and seek out the voices of her constituents. I can’t imagine anyone more qualified to sit in this seat.” Senator Natalie Thomley from COSAM added, “She has a great heart for Auburn students. Just because she has different views doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve to be a senator. Not everyone in Auburn has the same views, but we’re supposed to speak for all of them.”
Ultimately, Ms. Silver was confirmed to the Senate on Monday night by an overwhelming vote.