Alex Mills’ promotion came at a momentous time for Student Congress. And it was momentous in itself.
By stepping in for Deanna Santoro as speaker, Mills became the first graduate student in recent memory to serve in the role.
And with budget decisions and proposals to amend the Student Code lying on the horizon, his one-month term will be as influential as it is brief.
Though his appointment followed a student body election season rife with lawsuits, complaints and hearings that raised multiple questions about the interpretation of the Student Code, Mills said he will prioritize the budget and leave the Code amendments to others.
“I guess I see it as more of a caretaker role,” Mills said. “I’ve been in Congress for two years. I’m not coming back next year. My number one priority is to just make a smooth transition for next year.”
Following the contentious campaign season for student body elections, representative Adam Horowitz said there are some activists in the legislative branch who want to revamp Title VI of the Student Code to clarify election laws.
But Mills said that is not a priority for him.
“We all have a limited amount of time and energy, and we should spend it on things that we have started,” he said.
Though Horowitz and former speaker Santoro agreed that Congress’ main concern for the coming month should be the annual budget, they both said there could still be time to put some small amendments to the Student Code in motion.