SGA elects new members, filling ‘22-’23 senate

On Sept. 23, the Student Government Association convened to interview six candidates for senate positions. After a senatorial session to discuss the candidates, the sitting senate decided to elect all six. Read on to meet the new senators for this academic year.

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By: Ashley Bergeron

Staff-Writer

On Sept. 23, the Student Government Association convened to interview six candidates for senate positions. After a senatorial session to discuss the candidates, the sitting senate decided to elect all six. Read on to meet the new senators for this academic year.

Scott Leeper is a Psychology major and the president of the Student Veteran Organization. He wants to bridge the gap between traditional students – students who go to college right after high school – and nontraditional students, who may begin or return to school at a later age. Leeper also said he is passionate about promoting veteran mental health.

Misty Andersen, a Human Resources Management major, is returning to IU South Bend after attending earlier in life. This will be her second time at college. During her time, she was on the senate for SGA. Andersen said she wants to bring a more experienced perspective to the SGA.

Nyssa Sutherlin is a Criminal Justice major, and she said she joined the SGA to get more involved with campus. She is passionate about mental health and wants people to know that they’re not alone and have events and resources to help them with student wellbeing. 

Ben Zheng, an Advertising and Marketing major in his fourth year, said he appreciates how IU South Bend has helped him grow and wants to use his position in the SGA to give back and promote campus activities, especially by supporting new and existing clubs. He also wants to improve the image and accessibility of online courses. 

Hailey Franceschi is a Psychology major in her third year. She emphasized her passion for diversity promotion and making IU South Bend stand out in the IU system.

Joel Rael, an out-of-state student from New Mexico, is a double major in Biochemistry and Mathematics in his third year. As a student with previous senator experience, he wants to contribute to both internal and external committees in the SGA. 

The SGA meets every Friday in SAC 206 from 10 a.m. to noon. The meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcomed to attend.

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