Senate appoints UF chief justice

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

The University of Florida Student Senate flew through its Tuesday night meeting in less than 20 minutes, making several appointments to both judicial and cabinet secretary positions.

Current Supreme Court justice and former Supervisor of Elections Brian Aungst was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court.

"It's definitely a great honor," Aungst said in an interview after the meeting.

"Our student government at UF has a very competent and well-put-together judicial system. I feel honored to be able to try and continue that."

In addition to Aungst's promotion, the Supreme Court will have a couple of new faces. Steven Adamczyk and Ilan Kaufer were both appointed Supreme Court justices Tuesday night.

Immediately after approving the Supreme Court justice appointments, the Senate approved Nicollette Nowak as cabinet secretary of sponsorships, Zareen Vaghaiwalla as secretary of student affairs, Nicholas Zaitlik as secretary of transfer students, and Elan Saad as secretary of parking and transportation.

Both Zaitlik and Saad were not present at the meeting.

The Senate also heard and passed the second reading of a bill that will allow students to vote on an amendment to the student body statutes during this spring's general election.

If passed by the students, the amendment would reduce the maximum number of senators in office at a time from 120 to 100.

The amendment would also place the addition or subtraction of Senate seats at the direct discretion of the Student Senate itself rather than the faculty senate, with the logic being that student senators are more sensitive to and aware of students' needs than faculty members.

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