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Senators elected to join student government’s budget, SOF committees

Sophia Boyd, Student Government & Politics Reporter

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Marquette Student Government Senate elected new members for the student organization funding and budget committees during its meeting on Sept. 28.

Budget Committee

Riley Wogernese, a junior in the College of Business Administration won against Allie Bitz, a freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences, to fill the open budget committee seat.

“My big (revision) would be to put a little more money in the student (organization) funding,” Wogernese said about MUSG’s 2016 budget. “I just hope to work on the budget to use the students’ money most effectively as we can.”

Kouhel spoke in favor of Wogernese’s view on SOF. Kouhel agreed SOF should receive more funding.

Senator Cameron Vrana, a sophomore in the College of Business Administration, shared his personal experiences with Wogernese in accounting classes, which he said were impressive. Vrana was on the budget committee before and said he thinks Wogernese has what it takes “to be an active voice.”

SOF Committee

MUSG senators elected two residential senators, Clayton Keefe, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Luis Herrera, a sophomore in the College of Business Administration, to be new members of the SOF committee.

Keefe talked about his dedication to student organizations through his involvement with ski club team and physics club.

“I’m invested in student organizations … I want to know how they’re run and how I can help my and other organizations to attain funds,” he said.

Keefe was the only senator of the three candidates who attended SOF training earlier that day.

“Hearing his comments about actually going to the SOF training and … knowing the actual process is going to be very important,” Kouhel said.

Herrera said he wants to join the committee to help concerned students.

“I’ve heard a lot of concerns about student organizations and how to get funding, and I want to help with that process,” he said.

Herrera worked in a governor’s office last summer and he observed how state agencies apply for budgeting. He said he is interested to see a similar process at Marquette.

Senator Michaela Bear, a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences, favored Herrera during the debate because of his experience in the governor’s office.

“I think the fact that he was working in the governor’s office speaks volumes to his ability to work with a multitude of people,” she said.

Senator Seth Haines, a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences, also spoke in favor of Herrera.

“I just believe he really has a drive to get involved in MUSG, so I think he will be a good fit to the SOF committee,” he said.

Kouhel was the only senator who ran as an academic senator for the committee. He said he was excited to apply for the SOF committee because of his passion for MUSG.

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