For the second time this year, the University Senate will hold a special election to choose a new student senator from Columbia College.
The new senator will replace Cleo Abram, CC '15, who stepped down this semester after replacing Eduardo Santana, CC '13, who vacated his seat in February. Abram served on the Senate's Task Force on Online Learning, the Honors and Prizes Committee, the Student Affairs Committee, and the Information and Communications Technology Committee.
Columbia College’s other two senators, Matthew Chou, CC '14 and Jared Odessky, CC '15, announced the special election in an email Wednesday. Per senate bylaws, a panel of Chou, Odessky, Columbia College Student Council president Daphne Chen, CC '14, and an additional CCSC executive board member will interview applicants for the job.
That panel will select three finalists and send the names to the entirety of CCSC, which will elect the next senator.
Students can apply by submitting a résumé and personal statement to Odessky, Chen, and Chou, a co-chair of the senate's student affairs committee.
In an interview Wednesday, Akshay Shah, SEAS '14, and also a co-chair of the student affairs committee, said he'd like to see a new senator chosen as soon as possible.
"We're hoping at the earliest possible, because we don't want to disenfranchise the CC body, obviously," Shah said. "But at the same time, we want to make sure the process is fair, transparent, and timely."
Shah also encouraged applicants to reflect on what they would like to accomplish if elected.
"It's a lot of responsibilities," Shah said. "We definitely ask you to think long and hard about the ideas and initiatives that you have before applying."