The student senate moved its weekly meeting on Monday to the Shepherd Union Building Ballroom C to accommodate the current and newly elected senators. The purpose of the meeting was to let the new senators see what a senate meeting is like.
The new senators learned how the senate votes on resolutions such as the Mustache March resolution. They voted on it again after it was vetoed by senate president Kyle Braithwaite. Terms and procedures were explained to the elects as they went along. Aaron Newman, the senate adviser, explained when it was acceptable for the elects to voice their opinion. They were not able to vote on this particular matter, but they could argue for or against the resolution after the floor was opened up for them.
“I was on the student fees committee, so there were a lot of similarities there,” said social and behavioral science senator Elect Chelsie Greer after the meeting. “I feel like I didn’t really know what they were talking about sometimes, though, because there were things from past meetings and I was a little lost.”
This was the first time Greer attended a student senate meeting.
The new senators will be inaugurated on April 1.
Senate elects were given tips that were written by the current senators. Some examples were, “Always remember you are here to serve your fellow students not yourself,” written by Davis campus senator Brady Harris, and “Be willing to work around boundaries. You can achieve your goal if someone tells you that you can’t,” written by American Indian senator Kyle Debungie.
This was one of the last meetings the student senate will have, so some of the senators expressed how they felt about the year and being on the senate.
“I was super happy to get into senate,” said Kelsey Spaulding, an applied science and technology senator. “You guys are all so supportive of each other.”
Some senators also looked back at the beginning of the year.
“At the beginning of the year, I said, ‘Why are you here in senate,’ and some answered, ‘Well, what else is there’,” Neville said.
Neville continued to say that senate has helped many of the senators discover other things they could get involved in.
The new and old senators played a get-to-know-you game to help them learn the parliamentary procedures and to learn everyone’s name. The game was called silent football. The football was passed around using hand signals, and everyone had to be silent. If a person made a mistake, another person could raise his or her hand and tell the commissioner of the game that they made a point of order, which means a mistake. This helped teach the senate elects terms that they would use in an actual meeting. Neville lost the game and was therefore forced to dance to Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA.”
“Contractually I agreed to this, but I have to go take an exam,” Neville said as the music was starting. “The testing center is closing at eight o’clock tonight, and I am walking to the Davis campus.”
Neville did end up dancing to the song, and about half the senate members dance along with him.