New SGA shares hope

Hoang plans to be open to student concerns

New SGA President NEW SGA PRESIDENT VIVIAN HOANG shakes hands with Dean of Students Levi Esses as she is sworn in as the new SGA president for the 2017-2018 school year at the SGA meeting on Tuesday. Courtney Klaus, Staff Writer

Tuesday marked the last meeting for the Student Government Association’s 2016-2017 chapter.

Before wrapping up for the year, the Senate passed four final pieces of business.

First, they voted to pass a resolution for a student accident insurance plan. The purpose of the plan is to provide students with complete insurance protection against on-campus accidents. The cost of the plan puts a $45 increase on student fees.

They also voted to confirm SGA election results after a recount detected four invalid ballots. The recount did not change the outcome of any of the elections.

The senate voted to confirm Thao Nguyen’s nomination for Secretary and Kevin Clack’s nomination for Treasurer.

Before the old senate closed its final meeting, it was brought to their attention by the University President’s Cabinet that the New Bishop Gerber Science Center will provide several new study rooms and community areas for students gatherings

This information was shared as an additional consideration before the final arrangements were made to remodel the basement of Sacred Heart Hall.

The senate ultimately decided to continue its plan to remodel the basement.

President Hibah Ullah gave her final update and farewell before the motion passed to swear-in the new SGA senate.

President Vivian Hoang and Vice President Marisa Zayat both took their oaths and were officially inducted as the new SGA executives.

During her first address, Hoang said she wants people to feel comfortable approaching her with their ideas.

“I encourage all of you to come to me if you have any concerns. I would like to know all your opinions on what needs to be changed.”

This story first appeared in the May 4th, 2017 issue of The Vantage