SGA officials appoint new senators

By Amanda Alfanos, Editor-in-Chief

Student Senate appointed two new senators to fill seats vacated this semester. Katie Alsup and Alexis Embry were appointed to two of several open seats Jan. 25 during Senate’s weekly meeting.

Katie Alsup

Alsup, history education/political science sophomore, was appointed as a sophomore at-large senator by a vote of 12-0. Sens. Andrew Long (senior at-large), David Scott (business) and Sarah Cook (Greek/president pro-tempore) refrained from voting on her appointment.

Alsup highlighted her perceived qualifications for the position during the meeting, which include volunteering with Student Activities Council and participating in Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature.

Alexis Embry

“I originally was interested in Senate, but I worked for the newspaper and didn’t want to have that conflict,” she said. “Emma Velez approached me about one of the recent resignations and we thought it would be a good idea.”

Embry, acting freshman, was appointed to a seat of freshman at-large. She was voted into the position by unanimous consent. Embry, who also is Miss Black Teen OCU, said she wants to make the gap between administration and the freshman class as small as possible.

“I’m excited and I’m ready to do some great things,” Embry said.

Sen. Emma Velez (sophomore at-large) spoke in favor of the candidates during the meeting. Sen. Sheray Franklin (dance/arts management), who also is Miss Black Oklahoma, vocally supported Embry.

The newly-appointed senators weren’t permitted to vote at the meeting, because a Student Court justice was not present. Alsup and Embry were allowed to speak and actively participate in discussion.

“Hopefully the justices will be here at our next meeting so we can get you sworn in,” said Justin DaMetz, president of the Senate.

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