Jamie Brock, Correspondent
Jacksonville State University’s Student Senate met on Monday for their first formal meeting of the semester, approving nominations and appointments for various roles in the Student Government Association.
Due to COVID-19, the meeting was held partially in person and partially over Microsoft Teams.
Britney Barker, a JSU biology major and student senator, was named President Pro-Tempore of the SGA Organizational Council by the Senate.
“I’m so incredibly thankful and humbled to have been appointed into this position,” said Barker.
Barker said she wants to “serve and help” students in her new role while also being an available resource for organizations struggling to comply with pandemic restrictions.
“One of my goals this year is to create a support system between all organizations on campus to help combat the difficulties each group is facing this year,” said Barker.
The Senate also approved the appointment of Gregory Heathcock to the SGA Presidential Cabinet, representing the School of Arts and Humanities for the academic year.
“I’m incredibly humbled and excited to be working with the other members of the SGA Presidential Cabinet and the School of Arts and Humanities to make JSU the best school for all of its students,” said Heathcock. “I look forward to working closely with President Sharp and the other members of the SGA to ensure that every student’s needs and wishes are respected, heard, and understood.”
Two bills were passed appointing both Bria Clendenning and Madison Bailey to the SGA Senate for the academic year.
In other business, the Senate also:
— Approved a bill to change the phrasing in section 805.01 of the Code of Laws from “Committee Head Report” to “Organizational Advisory Board Report.”
— Spent time during their meeting talking of the restrictions on campus during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a Level 2 restriction on organizational events and housing visitation. They also touched on the fact that attendance at the only home game for the Fall 2020 football season would have a limited number of people allowed to attend.
— Discussed the upcoming Homecoming schedule on campus. Due to COVID-19, the annual Homecoming Showcase will not take place as planned. Instead, there will be two rounds of public voting: one to decide the Top 10 on Sept. 25 and another to decide the Homecoming Court on Oct. 2. Voting will be open through myJSU.
— Reported that the Gamecock Express is using vans instead of busses for more convenient means of transportation around campus.