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Monday, April 22, 2024

Making peace signs with his hands in an imitation of Richard Nixon, former Student Senate President Robert Agrusa said goodbye at a Senate meeting Tuesday after finishing his term as president.

The new lineup of Senate leaders will feature some familiar faces.

Former Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin Reilly was elected president of the legislative body.

Reilly's duties as president include running weekly Senate meetings and leading senators in setting a legislative agenda.

"I really just want to be someone that all the senators and all the students can look to for guidance," he said.

Under his guidance, he said, the Senate will continue to pursue the Gator Party's goal of providing "tangible benefits."

The first projects senators will tackle include extending library hours during exam weeks and updating WebMail, he said.

The update could include overhauling the current system or bringing in a third party and trying a new system, such as Google's interface.

Reilly said his experience in the senate, where he has led two committees, made him the most qualified candidate for the job.

Replacing Reilly as pro tempore is Kellie Dale.

The news of her election brought a flurry of cheers and camera flashes from about 10 of Dale's sisters from Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, who attended the meeting as well as from Dale's parents.

With the help of Sens. Christopher Denton and Steven Hoffstetter, who were elected as the Replacement & Agenda Committee members-at-large, Dale said she would be responsible for selecting replacement senators and committee cairs.

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The pro tempore is also responsible for setting the agenda for the Senate's weekly meetings and basically serves as a vice president for the Senate, she added.

Dale said she is proud to be the first female pro tempore in three years, adding that she thinks she is well-qualified for the position.

"I've never been at UF without being a senator," Dale said. "Usually before I go to Senate, I know what's going on."

She said she grew familiar with the other committees by attending their meetings.

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