Student Government Leaders Inaugurated

Posted: September 5, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

The new Student Government President Drew Shelnutt and Vice President Ijeoma Nwatu were inaugurated in a public ceremony on Sept. 4 with Mason students, faculty and staff observing.

The Student Government Supreme Court Chief Justice Pamela Osorio opened the inauguration ceremony by introducing President Alan Merten, who welcomed students back to Mason for the fall 2007 semester and emphasized the importance of student government.

“Student government is the mechanism by which the administration has more direct contact with the students,” said Merten.

Student Government leaders cut cake
The new Student Government leaders celebrated their inauguration with a cake.
Photo by Evan Cantwell

With Osorio presiding, Shelnutt and Nwatu raised their right hands and swore to “faithfully execute the office of the student body president (and vice president) of George Mason University, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Student Body Constitution of George Mason University.”

Both commented that it felt nice to be officially appointed to their positions. While one could easily assume the officers have just begun to act in their roles as president and vice president, both have said they’ve been hard at work since their election last April.

Among their efforts to date were building ties with the Mason community and offering suggestions for improving Dining Services, extending dining hours and expanding the wireless service in the Johnson Center and common areas. They said they have already accomplished more than one-third of their original platform.

For more information about the new president and vice president or about Student Government, visit the Student Government web site.

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