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SGA tables Redhawks Against Sexual Assault recognition; five senate vacancies filled

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Graphic by Ally Bruemmer

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story stated four senators were sworn in during the Feb. 1 SGA meeting, the headline and story have been updated to reflect that five new senators were sworn in.

Student Government Association (SGA) tabled a student organization’s recognition request and swore in five senators during its meeting Monday, Feb. 1.

Executive Board members informed senators of a request by Redhawks Against Sexual Assault (RASA) to be recognized by SGA through Resolution 21_11_D.

During a period of discussion and question-and-answer, student leaders questioned how the organization is different from another on-campus campus organization, Redhawks Rising.

RASA founder and President Adelia Hancock, sophomore, said RASA will be primarily focused on spreading awareness and helping survivors through the healing process, while Redhawks Rising will focus on prevention and consent education.

SGA members tabled the resolution to confirm additional information over the next week.

In other business, the SGA Interview Committee members proposed five vacant senator positions be filled through three separate resolutions.

Abbey Hammack, sophomore, and Ross Kasting, junior, were proposed to fill two vacancies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Raegan Thompson, junior, and Summer Smith, freshman, were proposed to fill two vacancies in the College of Education, Health and Human Studies.

Joel Philpott, sophomore, was proposed to fill one vacancy in the Harrison College of Business and Computing.

After a period of discussion and a question-and-answer session, student leaders participated in a hand-raised vote facilitated by Vice President Annie Martin.

All members voted unanimously, and the five new senators were sworn in for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Minutes and agendas for SGA meetings can be found on their webpage. The Arrow streams every SGA meeting, Mondays at 8 p.m. on Facebook Live.