Incoming SA senate elects committee chairs

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The Student Association Senate-elect met Tuesday night to elect its six committee chairs for the 2009-2010 school year.

SA Senators-elect Connor Walsh (U-At Large), Jamie Baker (CPS-G), Michael Komo (U-At Large), Erik Ashida (CCAS-U) and Rob Shorette (GSHED) took over the Finance, Rules, Student Life, Academic Affairs and Graduate Life committees, respectively.

Jamie Baker, the new Rules Committee chair, boasted that he will bring a fresh, outsider’s perspective to the SA and that his top priority is to do what is best for the student body.

“I know there was a lot of talk about abolishing the SA, and I would actually invite them to come to a Rules Committee meeting and talk about what some of their issues are, because I’m very much open to everybody’s ideas,” said Baker, a graduate student.

Baker said he also hopes to work on getting every Senate seat filled and making sure that the most qualified people are serving the students.

Erik Ashida, the new Academic Affairs chair, pointed to his past work on the Columbian College’s advising system and the campus libraries as areas he hopes to continue.

“A lot of what the committee as a whole is going to take on is going to depend on what the members are interested in,” said Ashida, a freshman. He cited the recent Faculty Committee’s vote to reduce the Columbian College GCRs as an area he hopes for continued involvement.

Connor Walsh, newly elected Finance Chair, hopes to first tackle the “historically slow” allocations and reimbursement processes for student organizations. He said he is also unhappy with the University’s current practice of reclaiming all unspent SA money for the general fund.

“It’s the students money that gets taxed, either a dollar or a dollar and a half per credit … [that pressure] creates a moral hazard for the SA to just spend the money on whatever they want,” said Walsh, a junior.

Komo, the new Student Life chair and this year’s vice-chair, said he is excited to continue to work on student life initiatives.

“We’ve got a great committee and I’m eager to start,” said Komo, a sophomore.

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