Franciscan University Student Government swore in five newly-elected senators at its meeting Wednesday, three representing the senior class and two representing the freshmen.
The new senators were voted in by students in their respective classes through an election held via Blackboard on Tuesday. They were: Mary Ann Cortese, senior; David Hahn, senior; Jacob Schmiesing, senior; Maggie Cavanaugh, freshman; and Chris Simon, freshman.
FUSG also welcomed the Rev. Nathan Malavolti, TOR, as its new chaplain. Vice President Clement Harrold said that having an official chaplain was a first for the organization.
Malavolti gave a brief speech to the government on the importance of words. Drawing from James Chapter 3, he warned against the dangers of gossip and malicious speech, urging the students to use their positions of influence to build up rather than tear down.
During the meeting, Harrold and President Athanasius Sirilla, in their addresses to the senate, recapped some of the student government’s current and upcoming projects – a weekly Bible study for FUSG members and Wednesday night’s town hall meeting with the Rev. Dave Pivonka, TOR, university president.
The senate passed Fall Bill 10 unanimously, which reimbursed Secretary Ellie McCarty $29.40 for the purchase of 20 binders.
Justice Aidan Howard was marked absent, unexcused, from the meeting.
FUSG will next meet Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. in the seminar room of the St. Joseph’s Center.