New positions were appointed for SGC-BBC

Alexi C. Cardona/ Staff Writer

Four new members were appointed to the Biscayne Bay Campus’ Student Government Association last week.

On Monday, July 14, senators welcomed a new director of internal relations, marketing coordinator, justice and international student services coordinator.

“I know all the clubs on campus and the people in them, so this position is perfect for me,” said Michema Lafontant, a public relations sophomore, who was previously a lower division senator and now the director of internal relations.

Nadia Bryham, a senior majoring in recreational therapy, was appointed marketing coordinator.

Bryham said she wanted to get a feel for marketing, a study she is considering for her Master’s degree.

Carlos Burgos, a graduate student at the The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, was appointed international student services coordinator.

“As an international student, I would like to help my peers navigate a little easier everything that has to do with the International Student and Scholar Services office,” Burgos said.

Ruth Roa, a senior journalism major, is the new justice. She is applying for a Fulbright scholarship program to study communications in Taiwan and is part of the Chinese culture club.

The council at BBC is still recruiting members to fill seats in the senate.

Representatives are needed for the College of Education, the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Broward Pines Center.

Plans to update the constitution are underway.

The Student Government Association needs to form a constitution committee consisting of four members from each council — two executive branch members and two senators from both the Student Government Council at SGC-BBC and Modesto A. Maidique Campus — to start discussing updates.

During a meeting earlier this month, Allhan Mejia, a business administration major and speaker of the senate, volunteered to be one of the senators in the constitution committee and Gloria Valencia, the Honors College senator, volunteered to be the second senator.

Two weeks ago, the council moved to hold senate meetings every two weeks for the remainder of the summer.

During this week’s meeting, they will appoint a new comptroller and propose a bill that would make it possible for Broward Pines Center senators to join the council.

Mejia is the author of the bill. He wants to change the requirements for senator membership at the Broward Pines Center, which is represented by SGC-BBC.

Requirements for SGC-BBC senators include: having half of their classes at the Biscayne Bay Campus, attending general meetings and fulfilling office hours.

Mejia said he is concerned that students taking one class or multiple classes at various campuses will be unable to meet the requirements.

He also wants to incorporate video chat so senators can virtually attend meetings.

“Right now, you can’t Skype in on a meeting,” Mejia said. “I’m hoping they can Skype in for two of the meetings.”

Last year, SGC-BBC did not have a senator for the Broward Pines Center. For this reason, Mejia is working so Broward Pines can better represent their students.

The first reading for this bill was held on Monday, July 21.

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