New senators to bring fresher views to table

New senators to bring fresher views to table

Dylan Lahm

Student Government Association freshman senate members at first meeting.

Amstrid Gomez, News Editor

Pitt-Johnstown Student Government Association members welcomed eight freshmen members last Tuesday.

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office to which I have been elected,” is part of the oath the new freshmen senators recited along with Student Government President Noam Berns.

The eight senators were elected by students through votes on UPJ’s Campus Services website. The vote total was 1,250 votes with 247 voters. Each voter was eligible to vote for eight people.

Berns said freshmen senators play an important role in student government because they offer a different perspective.

“They come with a fresh look on campus issues, and they are the future leaders of (student government) and campus,” he said.

Many of the new senators said they ran for student government because they enjoy being involved on campus.

Freshman Senator Casey Ansbro said she was a student council member through middle school and high school.

“I have always enjoyed being a deciding factor in what my school does and what might be best for students. It is a wonderful opportunity and I am so happy that I was granted it.”

Freshmen Santana Lardo, Jordyn King and Nick DiGiorgio all said they would like to have more to do on campus.

DiGiorgio said he also would like ice machines in the residence halls, improved cell-phone reception and more intramural sports.

Freshman Senator Kyle Maguire said he is interested in improving student housing and parking issues.

Freshman Senator Jesse Ritter said he he would like the library to have later hours.

“I’m sure the voice of the UPJ community will help me with some ideas. I haven’t found much considerably wrong yet.”

Freshman Senator Madison Nick said there is always room for campus improvement.

“I hope to accomplish a better sense of professionalism, widen my variety of knowledge and take into consideration ideas from students,” Nick said. “I am anxious to make a change.”