After two weeks of discussion on the topic, the Western Student Association voted again on the confirmation of the new Vice President candidate, Anna Salvaggio. This time, she was confirmed.
In addition to Salvaggio’s confirmation, it was an eventful day for the Western Student Association, which saw an address from Western Michigan University President, John Dunn. In addition, there were also a multitude of confirmations, including that of the 2012-2013 Budget.
President Dunn announced the grand openings of Lee Honors College at 4:30 p.m. and New Sangren at 6:00 p.m., both on Friday.
He also advocated school spirit, especially in regards to the upcoming Homecoming game.
Next on the agenda was this year’s budget, which slightly varies from last year’s. Student Affairs and Community Involvement both received $1,000 more than last year, while President and Vice President Salaries were each cut by $500.
Overall, WSA’s budget is $5,300 less than what it was last year.
“The budget is less this year because enrollment is down and there wasn’t as much rollover money as there was last year,” said WSA President, Sean Nicholl.
Salvaggio addressed the senate after the budget, presenting her personal profile and ideas for WSA. She cited her past experiences and current endeavors as reasons that she should be Vice President.
Salvaggio was initially up for confirmation at WSA’s first meeting two weeks ago, but due to some controversy about the way in which she was chosen for Vice President, the Senate chose to table the vote.
“I would like to bring my experiences from previous years in WSA as a senator, as well as those from my internships, to help this be a creative and cohesive cabinet,” said Salvaggio. “I hope to help people feel like ‘I am a part of WSA’ as opposed to ‘I am a representative to WSA’.”
Salvaggio was confirmed as Vice President with a vote of 34-3-6.
In addition to Vice President Salvaggio, there were nine other confirmations. Michael Dwyer, Mike McDonald and Jaime Koehler all became senators representing the College of Arts and Sciences.
Monica Toso also became a Senator, representing the College of Education and Human Development.
The meeting concluded with the confirmations of Allocations Commission Appointees, Jess Ferris, Ruth Nakiwala and Jay Needel, and of Associate Appointees Kaitlyn Kwecinski and Brandon Sikkenga.