For the next few days, politics on campus isn’t about blue donkeys or red elephants – it’s about purple bears. Students can vote for Student Government Association (SGA) class representatives via a ballot link sent to their bear mail accounts tomorrow and Sept. 25.
One notable fact about this year’s election is that the ballot for freshman senate candidates will be longer than usual, with 34 students applying for the seven open positions. SGA President Spencer Sims said she attributes the turnout to the promotion of SGA during welcome week activities.
“The elections are really competitive this year, which is exciting,” she said.
Sims said the most important thing is that students vote so the best senate candidates from each class are elected into office.
Michael Murphy, SGA vice president of operations, said “The better election turnouts are, the better representation students receive.”
Four students applied for the open sophomore representative positions, and all are expected to become senate members. A proposal to allow two freshman candidates to run as sophomore class representatives was rejected following an SGA executive meeting Monday night.
Sims said many of the junior and senior senate candidates are returning from the 2011-12 school year.
“I feel that we’re going to have a strong senate this year,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to the work they are going to do.”
Following the election, the new SGA senate members will attend a retreat Sept. 28-30.
“We’ll come together as a senate to set goals for the year,” Sims said.
She said plans for the fall semester have not been announced, but plans for an ambassador program are being considered. The program would have SGA senators attending Registered Student Organizations and Deans of Colleges meetings.
Murphy said the program would allow for more insight and student opinion, allowing SGA to target their efforts more specifically on what students need.
SGA will have its first open forum meeting at 5 p.m. Oct. 1 in Room 208 of the Student Center.
“We encourage students to come to the meeting, Sims said. “It is a time for students to voice their concerns.”
For more information about the 2012-13 candidates, click here.
A complete is list of the candidates by classification and position is available below: