The 99th Student Senate elected Zoe Chagnon as the 2021 freshman class president at its Sept. 28 meeting. McKenna Grimmer, Sophia Sanders and Lucas Prater were elected freshman class representatives, and Cameron Laughry was elected RHA representative.

Student Senate swore in six new freshmen senators and a new Resident Hall Association representative, passed funding for a new entry sign and approved two new student organizations at its Sept. 28 meeting.

Freshman Elections

Freshman representative elections closed Sep. 24th. Results were announced at this week’s meeting. Seven candidates were on the ballot, six of which were voted into positions.

Junior Class Representative and head of freshman elections Sydney Looney said she was excited to have new representation in Student Senate and that the new members will be a valuable new voice.

Zoe Chagnon was elected freshman class president; Sophia Sanders, McKenna Grimmer and Lucas Prater will all serve as freshman class representatives. 

“I'm super excited to meet everyone and be in this position. I’m looking forward to being able to give a voice to other students on campus,” Chagnon said.

Freshmen Kaylee Snowardt and Emerson Henry were elected on-campus representatives.

Cameron Laughry will be the new RHA representative.

Rollover Budget

Student Senate approved the use of $15,000 from the rollover budget to go toward a new electronic entry sign for Northwest.

Digital Content Manager for the Office of University Marketing and Communication Ashlee Hendrix gave a presentation to Student Senate about the new sign’s features and explained why the current sign needed to be replaced. 

“Our current sign is 12 years old and can only be operated on by one computer,” Hendrix said. “A new sign would allow us to catch the eye of people visiting campus and provide information to everyone about events happening at Northwest.”

The total cost of the sign is $17,500. Northwest’s Office of University Marketing and Communication will provide financial support and use current resources for electronic wiring to reduce the final cost. 

Newly Approved Student Organizations  

A new Google Student Developer Club became an approved campus organization. 

The club will provide students with the opportunity to learn about in-depth Google technology that students can utilize to solve problems in the community. 

This club gained approval from Google to start this chapter at Northwest. This is now one of the 700 clubs around the world representing Google student developers. All members of the club will be provided with Google software.

Student Senate also approved Investment Club, an organization that will allow students to discuss the stock market and invest their money as they believe is best for them. This will allow students to gain hands-on experience and learn more as they invest. 

Investment Club President Danny Heller said the new club was not like others on campus.

“Instead of focusing on financial management, like another organization on campus, we will strictly be focused on investing money and learning as individuals as we go,” Heller said.

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