SG elects task force; new club plans Spanish dancing, dinners and shows

Student Government

The Student Government elected three members to the presidential task force and sanctioned the Spanish Club during its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

The task force, established two weeks ago by President Olaniyi Solebo, junior political science major, now includes senior math secondary education major Kevin Hodulik, senior class vice president, sophomore math elementary education major Karyn Unger, senator of education and sophomore business major Kyle Magliaro, senator-at-large.

The group will reevaluate SG’s goals and structure, Solebo said.

“The first (task) is creating a strategic plan for SG. The second is making an assessment for the plan we make,” he said. “The last is examining the legislative branch of SG to determine whether or not the way we apportion senators is best for this school.”

Hodulik, Unger and Magliaro were chosen by SG’s general body from a pool of 10 nominees. Also nominated were junior biology major Stephen Kornas, sophomore biology major Kalvin Foo, freshman communication studies major Alex Brown, junior communication studies major Jillian Irizarry, sophomore accounting major Amberlyn Daniels, junior economics and political science double major Robert Poss and sophomore math secondary education major Megan Coburn.

SG also approved the Spanish Club during its meeting. Senior special education and Spanish double major Michelle Pinamonti presented on behalf of the club.

“(Spanish) is the largest department in the modern languages department, and we currently don’t have a club representing us, like the French Club or Japanese club,” Pinamonti said.

According to Pinamonti, the club’s president, Spanish Club hopes to sponsor activities such as salsa dancing presentations, lunches requiring diners to speak solely in Spanish and trips to flamenco shows at Trenton’s Malaga Restaurant.

Senior psychology and women’s and gender studies double major Lynette Barnes, senator for Equity and Diversity, questioned Spanish Club’s distinction from existing outlets on campus.

“I’m just trying to understand how this would be different from a conversation hour type of thing,” Barnes said.

Sophomore marketing and Spanish double major Christina Kopka sought to explain, mentioning that conversation hours can be uncomfortable when “not everyone wants to be there.”

“It makes it awkward for those of us who want to speak Spanish,” Kopka said. “This would be a lot more comfortable, and you’d get a lot more out of it.”

Hodulik also advocated for the club.

“I think they could do a lot with this, both collaborating with cultural organizations on campus and academic departments,” Hodulik said.

SG unanimously approved the Spanish Club.