The first meeting of the 93rd session of Student Congress voted in a new leader who promised to further revise the Student Code and improve efficiency.
Zach De La Rosa, who formerly served as speaker pro tempore, ran unopposed to lead Student Congress as speaker.
De La Rosa said he would like to remove the negative rhetoric between representatives and replace it with the understanding that he says the body needs to work together.
“I could talk to you for hours about things we could change around here,” he said.
The race for speaker pro tempore, a position students often serve in on the way to becoming speaker, was more contested.
Kristen Johnson won the race, 18-13, against Jared Simmons. Both ran on a platform that promoted more communication between representatives and their constituents.
One other commonality in the meeting was a desire to reform Title V of the Student Code, which deals with the appropriation of money to student groups.
Several members said the section is complicated and makes it difficult for student organizations to gain funding.
Evan Ross, who was re-elected as the rules and judiciary chairman, said his committee will join with the finance and oversight committees in aiming to revise Title V.