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ASG Senate confirms new treasurer

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Dillon Saks speaks during Wednesday’s ASG Senate. The Weinberg freshman was later confirmed as ASG treasurer.

Dillon Saks speaks during Wednesday’s ASG Senate. The Weinberg freshman was later confirmed as ASG treasurer.

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Dillon Saks speaks during Wednesday’s ASG Senate. The Weinberg freshman was later confirmed as ASG treasurer.

Jonah Dylan, Print Development and Recruitment Editor

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Associated Student Government Senate unanimously confirmed Weinberg freshman Dillon Saks as treasurer on Wednesday.

Saks, previously a residential senator, will take over the position from SESP freshman Austin Gardner, who was confirmed as vice president for accessibility and inclusion in April.

“I grew up in a household that valued fiscal responsibility and talking about money,” Saks said to senators before the vote. “I felt like this was a position that I was very cut out for.”

Chief of staff Lars Benson told The Daily the treasurer is not on the executive board, so Saks was not sworn in and has no official limit on his term.

The Weinberg junior added he interviewed multiple candidates for the position but thought Saks was the most qualified.

“Dillon stood out to me among the candidates that I interviewed as someone who really cared about the position, who really cared about things like deadlines, things like fiscal responsibility,” he said. “It’s pretty clear that even though he’s a freshman, he has a lot of ambition within ASG and really cares about the institution, and I think that’s what’s most important for a job like this.”

The treasurer works with ASG’s executive board, particularly Benson, ASG president Nehaarika Mulukutla and executive vice president Rosalie Gambrah. The treasurer also works with the Student Organization Finance Office.

“Treasurer is a very important position, definitely very underspoken because it doesn’t have the institutionalization of an exec board,” Benson said.

Later in the meeting, vice president for A-status finances Daniel Wu gave a presentation to Senate explaining the A-status funding procedures. The A-status finances committee allocates about $1.5 million to fund A-status organizations, according to the presentation, which comes from the mandatory $62.30 quarterly student activities fee.

Senate will vote on the funding next week.

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