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The now-former TSG executive office stepped down, giving its role to Temple Advocating Progress.
Temple Student Government executive officers and cabinet members were inducted at a ceremony today, April 23.
Colin Saltry passed a signed megaphone, referred to in TSG as the “Voice of the Students,” to his successor, now TSG Student Body President David Lopez.…

The now-former TSG executive office stepped down, giving its role to Temple Advocating Progress.

Temple Student Government executive officers and cabinet members were inducted at a ceremony today, April 23.

Colin Saltry passed a signed megaphone, referred to in TSG as the “Voice of the Students,” to his successor, now TSG Student Body President David Lopez.

“You, more than any person in recent memory will have the greatest opportunity to represent your students…in Temple’s next era, which I think we are very much on the cusp of,” Saltry, now former TSG student body president, said to Lopez.

He thanked family and friends for their support throughout his term, and congratulated the new officers.

“Let me say that as an only child, being with you is the closest I’ve had to siblings,” Saltry said to former TSG vice president of external affairs Elliot Griffin and former TSG vice president of services Ugo Obilo.

Griffin inducted Ofo Ezeugwu to the position, and Obilo inducted Julian Hamer to his.

Both Griffin and Ubilo thanked Saltry and Lopez and congratulated their successors.

“Saltry…while you’re here at Temple Law, I expect to be your date for Law School prom, every year, regardless of relationship status,” Griffin said. “Obilo, I hope Villanova knows how lucky they are to have you.”

Obilo will study law at the university.

“This experience has created a new friendship,” Lopez said to his Temple Advocating Progress team. “We gladly welcome the newest members of this university administration, and while doing so plan to provide clear goals that will not only improve the Temple experience for current students, but will have a positive impact for our future Owls.”

TSG Auditor General Jillian Kochis swore in TSG Directors of Campus Life and Diversity, Grounds and Facilities, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Local and Community Affairs, Recruitment and Retention, and University Pride and Traditions. Speaker of the General Assembly Robert Kost was also sworn in.

When new officers and directors met on Sunday, April 22, Lopez said, the initiatives discussed for the Fall 2012 semester included recycling programs, 2,000 proposed community service hours on the part of TSG, and a possible “Know Your Neighbor” event to promote student-community relationships.

Lopez said TSG has extended applications for allocations chairpersons until April 25. Lopez said interviews for the three positions will begin this week, and the positions will head the allocations committee.

Amelia Brust can be reached at abrust@temple.edu.

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