Student Government looks to fill 10 open seats

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Student Government Association (SGA) looks to add more diversity and perspective to the House of Representatives as they begin the process of filling 10 open seats.

The 10 seats account for 17 percent of the House and include vacancies from six of the university’s eight colleges.

The 10 vacancies are spread across six of the university’s eight schools. Graphic courtesy: Vengage

“Appointments happen pretty much every year,” said Clayton Dana-Bashian, chairman of the Elections and Regulations Committee. “The reason why is people get elected in the spring often before they have their class schedules finalized or their other important extracurricular activities.”

Students are elected in the spring and begin their term in the fall.

Student Body President Abbey Widick was appointed to a seat her first year on campus and said that the yearly appointing of these vacancies is one of her favorite parts of SGA.

“It’s nice that people have a newfound passion for student government and it’s honestly a great way for student government to reach all over campus by getting new perspectives,” she said.

The 10 vacant seats will be chosen and appointed by the Elections and Regulations Committee.

All candidates must apply and be interviewed by the committee, who will make their final decisions before their meeting Sept. 25.

The vacancies also allow more first-year students to participate in the House besides the two elected by their class to represent them.

The interviews for the open seats will conclude on Sept. 20 Photo courtesy: TCU SGA Facebook

Chairman of Internal Affairs Tucker Wilke said the relationships he’s made with members of SGA were the driving force behind applying for a vacant seat as a first-year student.

“They’re doing something interesting,” Wilke said. “I want to be doing that same thing and how do I get involved with that?”

The committees last day of interviews will be Sept. 20 and the appointed representatives will be sworn in Sept. 25.