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UF Student Senate condemns presidential search committee, Lauren Lemasters for Sasse nomination

Both parties unanimously supported the resolution

Lauren Lemasters, Gator Party's nominee for Student Government president, walks up to the podium outside of Library West at the announcement of the party's executive ticket on Wednesday, Jan. 26.
Lauren Lemasters, Gator Party's nominee for Student Government president, walks up to the podium outside of Library West at the announcement of the party's executive ticket on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

The UF Student Senate unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the presidential search committee and Student Body President Lauren Lemasters for unanimously nominating Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, as the university’s sole presidential finalist

Minority Caucus Leader Faith Corbett (Change-District C) spoke on the resolution during the meeting, calling for Lemasters to vote “no” on Sasse’s confirmation. Lemasters holds one of the thirteen votes cast by the Board of Trustees.

“Student Body President is a position which is supposed to represent the ideas, actions, wants and needs of the student body,” she said. “But ‘unanimously’ is not how the student body wishes this vote to be known.”

The resolution was authored by Corbett, Deputy Minority Party Leader Gabriela Montes (Change-Liberal Arts and Sciences), Sen. Connor Panish (Change-Yulee) and Sen. Jonathan Stephens (Change-District D). Among the resolution’s 34 sponsors were senators from both sides of the aisle, including Majority Caucus Leader Blake Cox (Gator-District A).

“We hope that in the future, Student Body President Lemasters makes this a more communicative process to ensure that she really does represent the sentiments of the student body,” Corbett said in the meeting.

The resolution cited Sasse’s time as president of Midland University, his statement against the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision and student protests as grounds for the condemnation.

The Senate also passed a bipartisan resolution acknowledging the impact of Hurricane Ian on Southwest Florida, which called on faculty and student leaders to do everything they can to help those affected.

The next Senate meeting will be Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Senate Chambers, located on the ground floor of the Reitz Union. 

Contact Alissa Gary at agary@alligator.org. Follow her on Twitter @AlissaGary1.

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Alissa Gary

Alissa Gary is a freshman journalism major who covers student government for The Alligator. You’ll usually find her watching (and talking about) movies, taking care of her plants, or drinking coffee when she’s not reporting.


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