During their last meeting of the semester, the University of Rhode Island Student Senate held nominations for the Elections Committee. 

Student Organizations Committee Chairwoman Katie Siegle was nominated by Senator Katherine Blake, Senator Christopher Bove was nominated by Senator Anabelle Gibson and Blake was nominated by Siegle.

All three candidates were elected to the committee, which helps ensure that Student Senate elections run as smoothly as possible.

The Senate also passed two bills that recognized the Mock Trial Club and Latin American Student Association as senate-recognized organizations.

According to Siegle, both organizations meet the requirement to be senate-recognized. 

The bills passed with 16 and 15 votes, respectively.

President Bolu Taiwo also announced to the Senate that the University sent out an email regarding COVID-19 vaccinations that will be occurring this Saturday and Sunday at the Schneider Electric building in West Kingston.

According to the email, the entire University community will be eligible to obtain a vaccine. Transportation will be provided from the Memorial Union bus circle to the vaccination site from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 

More information can be found in the email sent out to students on Wednesday. 

Director of the Memorial Union Carl Stiles called for a moment of silence during the meeting for the outcome of the trial of Derek Chauvin. He asked the Senate to reflect on the impact of the trial and its outcome on the University community.

“I want to reflect on the experiences we’ve all had with the Chauvin trial,” he said. “Take a moment to reflect on how we can work towards change.”

The Student Senate will reconvene at the beginning of the fall semester.