Student Government Inducts New Members, Old Members Take New Roles

The 2014-2015 Student Government at Raritan Valley Community College has voted to promote two officers and induct two senators for the spring semester.

DeAnna Nicholson, formerly VP of Info and Media, is now president. Nicholson majors in International Relations. Her extracurricular activities include membership in Phi Theta Kappa, serving on the executive board of the Alliance and Music Director of Harmonally Balanced, the college's audition-only a'capella group.

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Student Government President DeAnna Nicholson at the Regional American Student Government Association Conference in Philadelphia last semester. Nicholson was sharing ideas with representatives from other schools.

Melanie Martin, formerly a Student Government senator, has taken Nicholson’s previous position as VP of Info and Media. Martin is a nursing major, a five star member of Phi Theta Kappa and the former president of the Bio/Chem Club.

Megan Hynes is one of the new senators. Hynes majors in business, plays for the Women’s Basketball team and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Filipino PEACE Club and the Honors College.

Melanye Nunez is another new senator. Nunez majors in Liberal Arts Social Science. As a Student Ambassador, Nunez volunteers as an Orientation Leader and a participant at RVCC Foundation events. She is a member of the Orgullo Latino Club and the Black Student Alliance.

“I know these officers respect one another, understand the rules of Student Government and will work magnificently together,” said Russell Barefoot, Director of Student Life. “They will do a great job.”

Two senator positions were vacant during the 2014 Student Government elections and remained vacant for the fall semester. According to Barefoot, when there is a vacancy in Student Government, the serving officers are responsible for interviewing and voting in eligible students. Preference is given to candidates that ran for positions during the election but were not voted in. A candidate’s involvement with on-campus activities plays a heavy role in their decision.

One senator position for the 2014-2015 year is still available. Barefoot said Student Life will soon send an email to the student body asking anyone interested to fill out an application for the position.

Student Government consists of one president, executive vice president, VP of Info and Media, VP of Finance and four senators. More information on Student Government can be found on the Student Government page on RVCC’s website.

Featured image caption: The 2014-2015 Student Government at their November general assembly meeting.

Christian Rosario
Editor-In-Chief (2013-2015) / The Record
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