SA Inaugurates Key Positions
By Chilekasi Adele
SYRACUSE, N.Y – It was a very lengthy Monday night for SU’s student association — over 3 hours of elections, inaugurations, and confirmations.
In his inaugural address, now-President David Bruen stressed he believes the organization needs to meet the current moment.
“To fulfill our charge to the student body, we must all collectively meet these unprecedented challenges with unprecedented action,” Bruen said.
As Bruen steps out of his Speaker of the Assembly role, in comes Sophomore Thomas Simmons. He said he’ll bolster the rapport within SA, and listen to every voice.
“Really unite the organization, and bring up a newer theme of greater camaraderie, and just bringing in as many people together as possible to make the organization and the university itself as strong as it can be,” said Simmons.
Darnelle Stinfort became the Student Association’s new Vice President Monday. This will be her first year with the organization, and she said she’s ready to get to work.
“It’s a tremendous amount of responsibility that I’m willing to take, and with the guidance of David, and Thomas, and everyone from assembly, this is definitely a learning experience for me, and I’m really excited,” Stinfort said.
Nyah Jones was inaugurated as the new Comptroller, succeeding Julio Burgos. Helen Cohen is taking over as Board of Elections Chair.
But not every position has a predecessor — this is the first year SA will have a Supreme Court. Madeline Law was confirmed as its inaugural Chief Justice.
President Bruen said the court will maintain its independence, but also will work with other branches on some fronts.
“There certainly will be a level of collaboration, especially again this summer, when they’re going to be working on judicial codes, ethics codes, and so much more, that will direct the entire organization,” said Bruen.