Meet Your First Year Senators!

Name: Monica Finnegan

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): First Year

Expected Graduation: 2015

Major(s): Business, International Relations, and Political Science.

Minors(s): n/a

Activities/organizations: I am a member of the Union and an active member of the Catholic Choir. In my free time I like to play water sports and rollerblade or bike around campus.

Honor society/leadership/Greek: Hunt Leadership Scholar.

What do you enjoy about being a senator?
“There are so many things I love about being a Student Senator. Firstly, being on senate give me a unique perspective on how the school works which is a privilege that only four other students in the class of 2015 get to experience. In gaining this ‘behind the scenes’ perspective, I can see how solutions to problems can be found. I get to see the process on how organizations are chartered, how student concern’s can be fixed through written legislation, how the communications process is carried out, and so much more through senate. Now this is all extremely useful and interesting to me- but would mean nothing if I didn’t know that I have a ‘say’ in how student life will be here at SMU both now and in the future. Having the opportunity to represent the freshmen and represent my constituents and their concerns is exciting and a big responsibility to have. I love getting to know the students here at SMU, and by being a senator I have the convenient excuse to hear a lot of ideas and opinions regarding the various issues on campus.”

What do you hope to achieve as a Senator?
“As a senator, I want to do my very best in making SMU a better place. I will do my best to represent the freshmen class and their problems. If anyone wants to talk to me regarding any concerns- email me at In addition, I have office hours on the third floor of Hughes Trigg in the Student Senate Office on Thursdays 2:30-3:30. Anyone is welcome to come by then and chat about problems and solutions.”

Favorite thing about SMU?:
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Name: Tanner Flyckt

Classification: FR

Expected Graduation: 2015

Major: Marketing

Minor: Spanish

Activities/organization: fishing, music, golf. involved in 128

Honor/Leadership/Greek: Hilltop Scholar

What do you enjoy about being a senator?

“I enjoy being a senator because I am able to have an influence on aspects of the school that need improvement.”

What do you hope to achieve as a senator?

“As a senator, I hope to write pieces of legislation from ideas that not only I think of, but mainly ideas from fellow classmates.

Favorite thing about SMU?

“My favorite thing about SMU is the sense of community that develops from living in a dorm.”


Name: Devin Kerns

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): FR

Expected Graduation: 2015

Major(s): Communication Studies

Minors(s): Italian Area Studies, Political Science

Activities/organizations: Club Volleyball, Student Senate, One28

Honor society/leadership/Greek: New Century Scholars Program

What do you enjoy about being a senator? I enjoy the power being a senator gives you in regards to changing the school. If you have a problem with how something is run at SMU, as a senator, you have the opportunity to improve it.

What do you hope to achieve as a Senator?

“I hope to represent the freshmen class well and be the liaison between upperclassmen and the first years. I will be the voice of the first years and work my hardest to increase campus and community involvement within the freshmen class.”

What is your favorite thing about SMU?

“My favorite thing about SMU is our beautiful campus. Walking to class everyday is so much more enjoyable when you’re surrounded by beautiful buildings and landscaping.”
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Name: J.D. (John David) Mahaffey

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): First-Year

Expected Graduation: May 2015

Major(s): Finance/Organizational Management

Minors(s): Political Science

Activities/organizations: Student Senate, One28, College Republicans, Scholarship Committee

Honor society/leadership/Greek: Hunt Leadership Scholar, Hilltop Scholar, Scholarship Committee Vice-Chair

What do you enjoy about being a senator?

“As a First-Year Senator I have found Senate to be a platform where I can become actively involved with other officers, senators, and committee chairs to make a positive difference on the Hilltop. Each week I look forward to chamber because I know we are making a difference on campus through the legislation we pass. I enjoy meeting with other first-year students throughout each week learning about their thoughts and desires of SMU. I encourage any student at SMU to come speak with the 5 First-Year Senators during our weekly office hours from 2:30-3:30 each Thursday in the Student Senate office, located on the 3rd floor of Hughes Trigg Student Center. Also, feel free to contact me by email at”

What do you hope to achieve as a Senator?
“As a Senator I am currently working on several pieces of legislation. First off, I am working with other First-Year Senators to propose a piece of legislation that would inform each SMU student living on-campus with a bill of student rights. This bill will include the rights students are given when living in dorm rooms and the policies they are to follow as an on-campus student. Secondly we are working on bringing more ATMs to Hughes Trigg, as well as a RedBox or Blockbuster Kiosk. Finally, we are working diligently on improving the food quality in Umph and Mac’s Place. If you have any suggestions, please contact me by email as listed above.”

What is your favorite thing about SMU?
“I enjoy the sense of community SMU has to offer. Everyone has a unique place on the SMU campus and within the SMU family. I encourage each student to become involved on campus, to support our Mustang Athletic programs, and to bring your friends and family to campus to better the SMU community.”
Name: William O’Connor

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): FR

Expected Graduation: Spring 2015

Major(s): Business

Minors(s): Philosophy, Psychology

Activities/organizations: One28, RUF, KLife, Alternative Breaks

Honor society/leadership/Greek: [no response]

What do you enjoy about being a senator?

“I enjoy when students come to me with requests. I especially like when they show how powerful they think I am by asking me to do things way outside my sphere of influence.”

What do you hope to achieve as a Senator?

“I just hope to present the interests of the student body, particularly the freshmen, to the Senate and to help the students make this campus everything they want it to be.”

What is your favorite thing about SMU?

“I love how friendly everyone is, especially after hearing in high school that this wouldn’t be the case.”

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