Micah Lewis elected president of Student Senate
Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 11:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 11:45 p.m.
In its first action as the newly elected voting body of the university, The University of Florida Student Senate voted Tuesday night to approve Senator Micah Lewis as the new Senate president.
“Welcome to the next term of Senate,” said Senator Severin Walstad as he took roll call.
Lewis, a member of the Senate’s judiciary committee, was unanimously elected by the Senate, along with his Pro Tempore, Katherine Getty.
Douglas Whitaker, a statistics graduate student, won the Student Senate seat that ended up tied after last week’s Student Government elections.
In other action, senators also voted to oppose a proposed 30 percent tuition increase in a joint meeting with the newly elected senators.
The resolution was written in response to a one-time 30 percent tuition increase proposed by UF President Bernard Machen.
“You can’t be passing these tuition increases in March and tell[ing] students that, in possibly five months, they are going to be paying an average of $1,500 more for their tuition,” Sen. Carly Wilson said. ”You can’t throw this on students, last-minute.”
Outgoing senators also said their goodbyes.
Senator Thomas Vu teared up, gave shout outs to the budget committee and thanked senators for their time.
Newly elected Student Body President Ben Meyers also shed some tears as he thanked the many influences he has had during his time in Senate.
“I’ve always considered it an honor to be challenged and tested,” said Meyers during his goodbye speech.
In other action, Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin, vice president of UF Student Affairs, addressed outgoing senators and thanked them for their time. She congratulated the newly elected senators and said her goodbyes, as she is moving on to a position at Northwestern University after seven years at UF.
During her time at the university, she said that the UF student body has enriched her life the most. She’s been taught about giving, inclusion and listening.
“It’s really not only enriched my life, I’ve also learned a great deal from you,” she told the senators. “You’ve made this campus so vibrant.”
A resolution affirming support for financial literacy among UF students also passed by unanimous consent on first reading.
Authors Ruth Michael and Alex Glover spoke to the Senate on behalf of SCORE!, a campaign committed to empowering students with the knowledge necessary to develop a firm financial footing in their futures.
“We all use money but many of us don’t know about it or take a course at school,” Michael said.
In other action, Supervisor of Elections Amanda Griffin confirmed the vote counts from last week’s SG election. There were 8,645 ballots cast, she said.
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