At its last meeting of the spring semester, the Student Government Association met and discussed with provost candidate Jamie Hebert, Ph.D., his connection and commitment to higher education.
Hebert is the current president of Georgia Southern University, an Abbeville native and UL Lafayette alumnus. He described the university as “nurturing” and “wholesome.”
“I want an environment where you can come in and ... you can be successful at pursuing your aspirations. That’s academic success to me,” Hebert said while addressing the forum.
The Student Government Association passed a resolution asking administration to allow male students on Homecoming Court. The resolution recommends five female students and five male students be on the court. Business President Healy Carden proposed an amendment to require a Homecoming Queen and Homecoming King be chosen, which SGA passed along with the resolution.
Nursing Senator Brock Zeringue was concerned with the response from the Ragin Cajuns Athletic Foundation.
“A lot of our funding, a large percentage of it, comes from the RCAF, which is a very stereotypical, totally white conservative (organization). Have y’all considered the repercussions of angering them and losing funding?” Zeringue asked.
Business Senator Jacob LeMeunier raised concerns over the Vermilion’s April 18 Sex Issue.
“Our university and its students, faculty and staff are better than replacing the ‘V’ in Vermilion, a color which I hold close to my heart, with a sex whip,” LeMeunier said.
SGA President Mary McMahon gave a farewell speech to the senate, as this was her last meeting in office.
“This position has pushed me to my mental, physical and emotional limits more than I ever expected,” McMahon said. “I can’t thank you all enough for being such an amazing support system.”
SGA Vice President Maddie Breaux said she was “so incredibly grateful” for her experience serving on SGA. Treasurer Kristopher Harrison agreed with both Breaux and McMahon on their sentiments.
“This position has taught me a lot about myself and challenged me … I definitely had a great time with the Finance Committee,” Harrison said.
SGA Senate Chair Katie Wappel said she enjoyed her two-and-a-half years on SGA and cracked jokes with McMahon over past political competition.
McMahon announced applications for the SGA chief elections officer are now available and students have access to 24-hour library service this week and the week of finals.
After the meeting, a new meeting was called in which McMahon swore in SGA President Elect Chandler Harris. Harris swore in SGA Vice President Elect Anna Paddock, SGA Treasurer Elect Reece Walker, Newly Appointed Chief Justice Rachel Lautigar, the new college presidents and the new senators.