After 5 years of involvement, MSA speaker resigns

Speaker Mark Lewandowski gave his final MSA address Tuesday.

by Luke Feuerherm

After receiving a standing ovation at Minnesota Student Association forum, third-year speaker Mark Lewandowski moved to the next item on the agenda: appointing his successor. For three years, Lewandowski has been the âÄúbackbone of MSAâÄù by vetting resolutions, setting agendas and chairing forums, gavel in hand. âÄúMe being up here for the last three years, me being on MSA for the last five years hasnâÄôt been about me,âÄù Lewandowski said Tuesday in his final special address. âÄúItâÄôs been about you âĦ ItâÄôs about making sure students are fairly represented on campus and that their ideas and their concerns are brought here.âÄù Lewandowski will be replaced by a current MSA chairwoman Lauren Quick. In addition, forum elected seven other board members and three new at-large members. âÄúI have been kind of watching Mark, doing all of his background work,âÄù Quick said at forum. âÄúHe does a lot of stuff, making sure that meetings and agendas are all working together. I will definitely make sure to stay on that.âÄù Lewandowski opened his speech by noting the 12 resolutions and four position statements passed in forum this year. He mentioned the impact MSA has had, including the creation of the U Card and MSA Express, and ended on the verge of tears, which was followed by a nearly 30-second standing ovation. âÄúReluctantly, we move on,âÄù Lewandowski said jokingly.