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The votes are in for SGA

April 14, 2011 Comments off

By Carmen Brown, Staff Writer

The election for the 2011-2012 members of the Student Government Association, SGA took place on Tues., April 12.

Representatives and friends created posters and signs, covered bulletin boards and wrote uplifting messages on the sidewalk with chalk to campaign for the SGA candidates.

“Election time is always my favorite time of the year. It’s exciting to see so many people energized about student government,” said current president Matthew Kammerer, a senior business and public policy major from Loganville.

Voting tables with ballot boxes were set up in Goolsby Lecture Hall and Maxwell Center for Mathematics and Science from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and in Grace Rollins Dining Hall from 12 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The standard running positions for SGA government includes: treasurer, secretary, vice president and president, which makes up the executive board. Those interested in becoming members  of the SGA executive board must have at least one semester of being on SGA to join the executive board and one year of experience to become president.

After the polls were closed and the votes were in it was time to reveal the new members of SGA.

The results show that the Sophomore Senate includes Ashley Cross, Luke Fincher, Abby Powell, Andrew Servis and Brittany Starrett.

The Junior Senate includes Allie Coker, Christine Durniat, Nathan Hughes and Stephen Ramsay.

However, in order to be an official member of the Senate, elected members must be sworn in and formally accept the position.

Senior Senate will be voted on by the SGA Senate within the next week; the candidates include Victoria Neisler and Zach Lathan. Ali Neese was written in the ballots, but turned down the Senate slot.

The Freshman Senate will be decided during the 2011-2012 academic year, when incoming freshman arrive on campus.

The Executive Board of SGA includes: Bekah Herum as Treasurer, Stacy Kammer as Sergeant of Arms, Karissa Cross as Secretary, Audrey Ashworth as Vice President and Emalyn Cork as SGA President.

“I’m excited to have Emalyn follow me as President of the Senate and feel confident that she will lead the Senate well,” said Kammerer.

According to new SGA President Cork, a sophomore Biology major from Marietta, Kammerer has been a wonderful president for the past few years. Not just for SGA but the entire student body.

“It is both intimidating and an honor to be following in his footsteps, but I am really excited about the upcoming year,” said Cork. “I am just so excited to be president. Without the support and encouragement from other people the presidential role would not have necessarily been the role I would have picked for myself. I did not think I was worthy, but I think I made the right decision of where I need to be in the Senate this year. I just hope I can do them justice because they work so hard.”

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SGA talks SGA election, Last Lecture

March 17, 2011 2 comments

By Carmen Brown, Staff Writer

The Student Government Association, SGA discussed Letters of Intent, electronic voting for SGA, Last Lecture and the hammocks in the weekly Wednesday meeting held in Rollins Dining Hall.

Letters of Intent are documents that officially show a student’s interest in running for an executive position or committee head position. The letters will be available from March 23 through March 30 in the Student Government Office. The deadline for turning in letters is March 30 at 4 p.m.  The campaigning will start on March 31.

SGA has decided to provide an electronic form of voting this year to make the voting process easier. During the voting time all students will be sent an e-mail with a link to a website, where they can vote for a representative. The representative students vote for must be someone in their class. This new process of voting will present real time results that will not need to be tallied and re-tallied. As each person votes the SGA representative in charge will monitor the votes. This new electronic process will prevent anyone from voting twice, because each e-mail would only be able to be sent once.

Also, Last Lecture, which started last semester is an opportunity for professors to give lectures to students that they would give if they knew it would be there last. The next lecture entitled, “Books for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner” will be on Tuesday March 22in Wilson Lecture Hall from 7 to 8 p.m. by Louisa Franklin.

According to SGA, the association began research last semester on hammocks for students to rent out from the recreation center. They will soon be available in the recreation center.