SA confirms two cabinet members and two new senators

The Student Association confirmed two new cabinet members and voted on replacements for two vacant senate seats Tuesday night at its monthly senate meeting.

Junior Kevin Homiak was confirmed as vice president of public affairs and freshman Dylan Pyne was named to the Socially Responsible Initiatives Commission.

Homiak and Pyne were nominated by SA President Vishal Aswani and confirmed to their respective appointments by the senate.

In his new capacity as Aswani’s spokesman, Homiak said he hopes to build connections to keep students better informed about the organization’s work and initiatives.

“I can’t tell you how many students I’ve talked to who don’t know about the test bank we’ve put together,” he said. “It’s about getting information like that out there. It’s a very simple job. We want to get what the VPs are doing out to the student body.”

Homiak said he plans to hold bi-weekly press conferences to open channels to student media and to utilize Facebook to reach out to students.

We have “two and a half months left,” Homiak said. “We got very little done, what we have gotten accomplished has not been publicized. It’s a very simple problem.”

The two empty senate seats – one representing the Colombian College of Arts and Sciences and the other the School of Business – were filled Tuesday by freshmen Christophe Hollocou and Brendan Curran.

Hollocou lost a bid for the freshman senate seat in the fall and said he was excited about this second opportunity.

“This proves that if you work hard enough and you want something badly enough, you can eventually get it,” he said.

He, along with Curran, was selected from a large applicant pool as one of three final candidates for the position.

The finalists had an opportunity to state their case to the senate before voting took place.

Like Hollocou, Curran pursued his senate seat after vying for the freshman position earlier this year.

“I heard that there was a business seat open,” Curran said. “I’m eligible for that and I kind of saw it as a second chance.”

The SA senate will meet again Feb. 3.

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