This weekend, the elections of senators representing the various academic schools at ABAC wrapped up and the senators were inaugurated into office on Wednesday, Sept. 18. These senators now face a major challenge within their terms, the challenge of representing their apportioned students. This may not seem like a big deal, and may seem like a wonderful line addition to a resume, but at the end of the day many do not really know what they have gotten themselves into.
As office Holders, they are now in the spotlight, a position of leadership that not just students take note of, but the faculty, staff, and administration as well. The election results are as follows with 15 percent of the student body voting: a runoff has been held for the second senatorial position in the School of Science and Mathematics and ended Friday, Sept. 20.
Dr. Bridges opened up the first general meeting of the Senate by having a discussion of various topics of interest around campus, and then opened the floor for questions. A point of pride that Bridges noted, is that “ABAC is now the only college south of Atlanta in which enrollment is up.”
The discussion then veered to include topics such as Gray Hall and the new science facility, renovations to Thrash Gymnasium, the addition of new sports programs, and possible new housing facilities. Bridges commented on Gray Hall stating "I took all my physics and chemistry it was just like it is now. You think it’s a dump? It was a dump then!”
A student noted that there is a committee created in support of ABAC having an arboretum, an area in which trees are planted for research, decoration or education. The committee made of faculty and staff is still making a decision on whether or not to have this portion of campus.
They then moved along to induct the senators that had been elected, and fill vacancies. The newly inducted senate then moved to fill the senator positions that no one had applied for to be voted on by the general public, including Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The three nominees filled the three vacancies. After the Vacancies were filled Senator Newberry was elected President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, and assigned committees, which then elected the chairs.
Overall the SGA meeting was fruitful in its endeavors, and will begin conducting business and planning events over these next months. The Stallion will continue to report on the meetings and issues. If you would like to see the meeting in its entirety check out Stallion TV for both the report and unaltered film.