SGA President Ryan Wiggins, 21, senior political science major from Georgetown, discusses the chief justice appointment process with student senators on Wednesday night. 

The deadline to appoint a new Student Government Association chief justice was extended during a Wednesday night meeting, over concerns that the process was not done correctly.  

Student Body President Ryan Wiggins said “...to preserve transparency, I think, as long as you all pass it, we’re going to be extending the deadline to have those nominations to come up.”

The SGA senators passed the motion to extend the deadline until spring break.

Although SGA is currently reworking its governing bylaws, previous bylaws described a vague process on the selection of chief justice. Madison Lipscomb, Executive Vice President of SGA, explained why this process has not yet reached a conclusion.

“Our first time going through, we had an impeachment of an attorney general, where we had to come up with a new attorney general, and then the whole process came to a halt. From there, we had to restart the entire process,” Lipscomb said.

Lipscomb said that after the process was restarted, it was interrupted by winter break, and they were not able to conduct interviews with the candidates.

SGA has given Wiggins until before spring break to make his recommendation, which will then be voted on by the entire senate before the break.

The senate also discussed plans to send out a survey to students asking them to discuss specific items and improvements to the university they would like their tuition money to be used for, as a precursor to the Board of Regents vote on increasing tuition costs by 2.5 percent for the 2019-20 school year. The senate is also working to create a resolution to bring to the BOR outlining desired allocations of tuition money in order to be used for more specific uses than broad academics.

SGA also discussed a funding request for Aramark catering for Zeta Phi Beta and Phi Beta Sigma’s Royal Blue and Pure White Ball, as well as another funding request for Aramark Catering for the Feb. 6 RSO Appropriations meeting. 

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