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Senate fills four position openings

During the Student Senate meeting on Monday, the senators voted to fill four open positions within the student leadership.

Benjamin Eschler, the residence hall senator, was picked to be the vice chair under Brady Harris, WSU Student Association legislative president. The job entails filling in for Harris when he is gone from the senate meetings and helping the other senators who are in charge of committees.

“Mostly, I just felt like it was a great way to serve,” Eschler said. “I just love Weber State, and I love the students, and any opportunity I can have to help them, I’ll take it.”

Eschler and two other senators were nominated for the position last week. Each got up and told the senate why they should be picked for the position. The Student Senate was then given a week before it voted through secret ballot.

This is Eschler’s first year on the senate.

“I feel honored,” Eschler said. “I hope I can do a great job. It’s great that other senators feel like they can trust me.”

The position of senate treasurer, which was created last year, was also voted on in the meeting. Mina Eastes, the business and economics senator, was the nominee for the position. Harris asked Eastes if she wanted the position at the annual retreat over the summer.

“It’s a good feeling,” Eastes said, “to know that I have another position in leadership. This will help me.”

This year, instead of each senator getting a separate amount of money, the senate will have one budget that will be controlled by Eastes. Senators will go to her if they need money, and Eastes can either approve or not approve their request.

Jennifer Comer, the veterans senator, was placed as the senate parliamentarian, a new position Harris created. Comer had experience working as a parliamentarian during her time in the military. As parliamentarian, Comer will be the member of the senate who will know the procedures and rules well.

Sarah Kortkamp was voted as a Supreme Court associate justice. Once she is sworn in next week, she will be an associate justice as long as she is a student at WSU.

The process for appointing the Supreme Court is different from the senate’s. Andrew Gardiner, the WSUSA president, can interview and appoint, and the senate ratifies his decision.

“I’m really, really excited about this opportunity to be involved with the students, to be kind of a guardian of the student body at Weber State, to make sure that their rights under our constitution is upheld,” Kortkamp said.

Kortkamp is a chemistry major in her third year. She has been involved with both Metaphor, the literary magazine, and the Botany Club. Kortkamp originally applied for the senate secretary position but, after her interview, Harris suggested she apply for the justice position.

The Supreme Court still needs two more people to fill the justice and chief justice positions. Khristina Bills is nominated for one of the other justice positions, which will be voted on next week.

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