Senate confirms King election commission chair

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Back for their first formal meeting of the semester Monday, the Slippery Rock Student Government Association (SGA) got to work preparing for the upcoming election.

The Senate body confirmed President Joey Sciuto’s nominee, Senator Madison King, as chair of the election commission. All senators voted to confirm King, with King abstaining from the vote.

King was nominated for the position based on her longtime experience with SGA and political science background, according to Sciuto.

Shortly after being confirmed, King released a statement thanking the Senate for its vote of confidence in her.

“I’d like to thank the Senate for unanimously giving me the opportunity to serve on the elections committee,” King said. “At this point, we’re just starting out, but I pledge to use this office to improve the elections process, expand the talent recruited to serve students, and further increase the diversity of the talent serving here.”

Scuito hopes to announce a timeline for elections at the next formal meeting.

None of the current executive board members would say if they would be running again for either re-election. The president position will be open at the end of this semester, as Sciuto will be graduating this May.

Along with confirming King, the Senate unanimously approved the minutes from the Nov. 16 meeting.

SGA advisor Wendy Leitera announced that the Happy Bus is up and running but service times and routes have changed slightly to accommodate students as best as possible.

Happy Bus service will now run Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Fridays, the bus will operate from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Happy Bus services areas throughout campus, including many of the off-campus apartment complexes and local stores such as Dollar General and Giant Eagle.

A current copy of the Happy Bus schedule can be found on the SRSGA Twitter account. Students can also track the Happy Bus using the NextBus app.

Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs Leif Lindgren also reminded the Senate of the ongoing food drive for Bob’s Cupboard.

The food drive runs until Feb. 5. Those wishing to donate can visit donation sites at the Smith Student Center and Macoskey Center. A donation site will open at the Bailey Library as well starting Feb. 1.

SGA also announced its ROCK of the Week, Hannah D’Egidio. Alexis Gish, vice president of diversity and inclusion, said D’Egidio’s name kept popping up in executive board meetings and they wanted to recognize her efforts.

“She has blown me away with just her commitment to getting the ball rolling this semester,” Gish said.

SGA’s next formal meeting will be on Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. on Zoom. Lindgren plans to hold a presentation during this meeting to discuss the results of the student life survey.

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