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SG names new committee chair

Student Senate elected a new chair of the Constitution and Statutes Committee Sept. 12 at the biweekly Senate meeting.Sen. Yousra Hebeishy was elected with 27 out of 37 votes, 11 days after former Sen. Leslie Walker stepped down as committee chair.

Senate President Carlo Fassi is optimistic about the future with the new CSC chair.

“She is an extremely efficient worker, extremely proactive, very passionate about SG. There is no question in my mind that she is going to do not just the bare minimum but exceed expectations,” Fassi said.

Hebeishy is a political science and English sophomore. She sits on the Student Union Advisory Board, is a senate parliamentarian and sat on the CSC as a senator for this past year. While she will remain on the Student Union Advisory Board, her senate parliamentarian seat is up for nomination at the Sept. 26 senate meeting.

“It’s been a great journey. I’m very exited for CSC and all the things we can bring forward. I’m definitely looking forward to it,” she said.

Hebeishy replaces Walker as chair, who stepped down for personal reasons, Fassi said, after accepting the position last spring.

Walker declined to comment on her resignation, but expressed her feelings for her replacement.

“I’m very happy for Yousra,” she said.

The CSC is one of four legislative committees in Senate, responsible for upholding UNF’s constitution and enforcing its statutes in the three branches of government.

“As senators, we have three major responsibilities: we can write resolutions stating the will of the student body, we pass our budget and we have to maintain and uphold a living document. That third point is directly CSC’s responsibility,” Fassi said.

The importance of the CSC chair is magnified when there are inconsistencies in the constitution.

“It’s extremely important because when the rubber hits the road, when we’ve had issues with the constitution, it’s because we’ve had previous chairs who weren’t experts at it,” Fassi said.

The three other Senate committees are elections and appointments, budget and allocations and student advocacy.

Hebeishy beat out Sens. Amelia Bifano and Charles Galanti for the chair position, but the two will stay involved in the Legislative branch.

“I forsee them holding leadership positions in the future,” Fassi said.

The week lapse time between Walker’s resignation and Hebeishy’s election caused a minor delay in reviewing Senate policies and procedures, Fassi said. The CSC chair sits on the legislative cabinet, which is responsible for reviewing and making changes to the document and re-writes the document for Senate approval.

“There are a few changes we need to make, but it’s not a major delay,” Fassi said.

Other Appointments

The biweekly Senate meeting also produced a new associate chief justice, Dominic Beard.

Beard, a political science junior, is president of the UNF National Political Science Honor Society and has served as an associate justice for a year.

“Dominic is older and more mature,” Chief Justice Matt Yost said. “He has the right attitude about trying to grow within the department.”

His major focus is in empirical public law, making him a good candidate to assist Yost.

“I have a good working relationship with the Chief Justice. We’re on the same page with what to do with counsel and increasing the university’s knowledge of what the judicial system does,” Beard said.

Beard’s commitment to the department for the last year made him an easy candidate for the job, Yost said.

“He’s always trying to get involved and get insight, doing stuff he’s not obligated to do,” he said.

In addition, Edward Conner Jr. and Tori Conklin were unanimously voted in as the director of governmental affairs internal and director of governmental affairs external, respectively.

Pull out Box:
The next Senate meeting is Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Senate Chambers, third floor of the Student Union East building.

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