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ONU Student Senate reveals election timeline



ONU Student Senate met for its first weekly meeting of the new year Jan. 16, which began with the swearing in of new housing representative Madison Carpenter, a sophomore political science major, who will be representing Affinity housing residents.

Senate advisor Dr. Adriane Thompson-Bradshaw announced the employment of ONU’s newest mental health counselor, Marcia Kostoff.

Kostoff previously worked at the Children’s Resource Center in Bowling Green, Ohio, where she served as a professional clinical counselor. She earned a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in counseling education, mental health counseling and rehabilitation from Ohio University.

Senate’s visitation hours proposal, drafted by Secretary of Housing Haley Kessinger, was partially adopted by university administration and revised in the ONU residence hall visitation policy within the student handbook. The proposal called for a one-hour extension to the visitation hours of the freshman dorms. Additionally, Affinity visitation hours would also be pushed back one hour with no visitation hours Friday or Saturday. It was suggested the sophomore dorms do not have set visitation hours as students have individual spaces for privacy.

The policy has been updated to include the one-hour extension to new student residence halls; however, there is no other literature that suggests the university acknowledges the proposed change to Affinity visitation hours or the sophomore housing complex.

President Seth Ferguson laid out the election timeline, and both President Ferguson and Vice President Mary Komandt encouraged senators and secretaries to consider running for various offices. Although, all students of ONU are encouraged to apply or run for a position.

Petitions for all offices and college representative positions will be available Jan. 24. These petitions will be due the following week, Jan. 31.

Senate will hold a Debate/Question and Answer Session Feb. 4. The polls will open immediately after this event. They will close at midnight Feb. 8, and the winners will be contacted. The new president and vice president will have just over a week to create their cabinet.

The new administration will be sworn in at the annual inauguration Feb. 20.

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