SGA meets virtually to swear in new senators: Issue raised about University Police mask procedures

GA swore in five senators during their bi-weekly meeting Sept. 22.

President Olivia Beverlie conducted the swearing in of new senator Eryca Carrier, and returning senators Samuel Houle, Matt O’Sullivan, Destiny Phaire, and Emma Sullivan.

Beverlie said, “I’m really excited tonight because we will be swearing in five senators, which is pretty awesome. Considering we’re not meeting in person, we’re still able to get new senators. 

“I’m really happy and I think we’re shaping up to be a great senate this year,” she added.

Beverlie said, “Everyone except for Eryca was on SGA last year, so, Eryca is kind of the newbie this year, but we’re all going to do our best to kind of help guide her along and show her the ropes.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with Eryca about SGA, so I think she’s a great fit,” she said.

During the Open Forum, Carrier brought up issues surrounding COVID-19 rule enforcement by campus police. 

Carrier said, “I have a really big issue with the way that [campus police] is not wearing masks and still approaching students – it’s not acceptable behavior.”

Carrier said she has recorded dates and times of instances when she has watched campus police approach students and cars without masks on. She added she has seen campus police coming in and out of their offices without masks on. 

“I don’t think it’s fit to tell students that they need to do something if the people that are meant to enforce aren’t doing it either,” she said. 

“I think that needs to be addressed and handled because it sets a really poor example for the rest of the student body if the people that are supposed to enforce rules don’t actually follow them themselves.” 

Beverlie said Carrier brought up a “great” point during Open Forum. “I’m really excited to have her as an addition to senate this year.” 

Student Activities Treasurer Ewnie Fedna discussed the updated role of Finance Committee (FinCom) for the fall semester.  

Fedna said she plans to meet with active student organizations to get their events and budget plans for this semester and the year as a whole. 

Fedna plans to give student organizations two options during the week to meet with FinCom: Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

She said, “The plan is to start next Tuesday. I have about three weeks [where meeting dates will be offered], just given that some organizations may or may not sign up within the first week or may need time to get their stuff together.”

SGA Organization Advisor and SILD Director Sara Gallegos spoke to SGA about their role at FSU. 

She said, “You have legitimate power conferred upon you by the state and FSU. This allows you to participate in institutional decision-making on behalf of student interests. You sit on certain committees. Some of them are voting seats. Some of them are not. You are voicing your opinion to represent all of the students’ opinions.”

Gallegos said, “One of the most disheartening parts with the power you have is your work is going to go unnoticed. …You’re the ones who are fighting the good fight.” 

Beverlie added, “A lot of times we feel like we’re doing so much because we are, and it doesn’t get noticed, but just know that your work doesn’t go unnoticed by the rest of us here. And that should be all that matters at the end of the day, as long as we’re making a change on campus and doing our best effort.” 

There was no “U-Rock” awarded.