After being passed without prejudice during a last-minute meeting of the Rules and Judiciary Committee, junior Chase Jarvis was approved by the full Senate later that night and by the Joint Governance Council Wednesday.
Jarvis, who has never been involved with Student Government, said he is qualified for the role because he has used the Student Constitution, Student Code and Joint Code to assist with Honor Court cases as president of his fraternity, Delta Upsilon.
“I just want to make it clear that I’m prepared, dedicated and I’ll make the most of this opportunity that’s been presented to me," Jarvis said.
A new member has been appointed to the Board of Elections.
In addition to appointing Jarvis, junior Tyger McSwain was also appointed to the Board of Elections after being approved by the full Senate and the Joint Governance Council.
McSwain serves on the Black Student Movement's political action committee and previously litigated cases as a member of the student body attorney general’s staff and on Alton Peques' campaign for Mr. UNC in 2018.
“I just think that my talent and dedication which I’ve portrayed on the attorney general’s staff shows that I can do this job here,” McSwain said. “You all know the work on the attorney general’s staff can be very tedious — you spend hours upon hours looking over cases and I think that can translate to this position.”
McSwain said he would like to change the way the Board of Elections communicates with the Undergraduate Senate.
“Things get lost on GroupMe, Slack, all the time,” McSwain said. “I know you look at it but you’re like, ‘Oh, I’ll check it later,’ and then it kind of gets lost, so I think even something like having a face-to-face conversation could be the most effective way.”
The vote to appoint a new speaker pro tempore was postponed.
Although the full Senate was set to elect a new speaker pro tempore at the last full Senate meeting on Jan. 22, the vote was postponed until Tuesday. The Senate decided to again postpone the vote until the next meeting on Feb. 19.
After former Speaker of the Senate Kennith Echeverria stepped down in January to go abroad, then-speaker Pro Tempore Stephen Wright assumed the position of speaker of the Senate. Until the vote is held, the position of speaker pro tempore is vacant.