SGA fills four commissioner positions, leaving nine open

by Mike Disman / Beacon Staff • September 20, 2012

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Junior John King was appointed as PR commissioner.
Junior John King was appointed as PR commissioner.

Four new commissioners were appointed at the second Student Government Association meeting of the year on Tuesday, leaving nine commissioner positions remaining to be filled. 

Sophomore journalism major Amanda Cordero was appointed as the external programs commissioner. SGA unanimously voted Cordero, who is currently studying at Emerson’s Kasteel Well campus in the Netherlands, into the post. Two voters abstained. 

According to the SGA constitution, the external programs commissioner serves as a liaison between SGA, the Office of International Study and External Programs, and students studying on Emerson’s satellite campuses and other abroad programs. 

Following Cordero, David Dominguez, a sophomore marketing major, was appointed as multicultural commissioner. Dominguez was voted into the position unanimously, with one vote abstained.

Dominguez — who is half American and half Mexican and of both Jewish and Catholic religious backgrounds, according to his application — is a member of AMIGOS, Emerson’s organization for Latino students.

In the meeting, Dominguez said that he plans to raise awareness of multicultural groups and activities, as well as seek to include multicultural students who are not involved in organizations.

Class of 2014 Senator Benjamin Halls spoke on Dominguez’s behalf during the application process.

“David is one of the best people at Emerson,” said Halls. “He will do a great job.”

Additionally, junior journalism major John King was confirmed as the SGA public relations commissioner. 

Last year, King served as the president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and vice president of the Greek Council. King said he hopes to apply that experience, as well as that from his time in high school student government, to the PR commissioner position.

During the meeting, King said that he would attempt to improve SGA’s social media presence but emphasized that he values all forms of public relations.

“Focusing on all facets of communication is definitely best,” said King. “There is no substitution for flyers or face-to-face interaction.”

King was unanimously voted in, with no abstentions. 

The last appointment went to Mari Watson, a senior communication sciences and disorders major, who sought the role of offcampus commissioner. 

Last year Watson served seven weeks as Greek life commissioner before stepping down due to a health condition. 

At the meeting, Watson said that her goals included hosting more events for off-campus students and helping them integrate into off-campus living by reminding them to look at apartments early in the year and obtain student T passes.

Watson was appointed by a unanimous vote with one abstained after receiving a verbal vote of confidence from class of 2013 President Jenna McPadden.

“I think it’s pretty evident that Mari is great for this job,” said McPadden. “She’s done her homework and has a history with SGA. She’s a great way to bring the community together.”