Student government elections open until

Student Government Association elections will close today, Thursday, April 10, at 6 p.m. Students are able to vote online through a link on the Sam Houston State University Web site.

Candidates include Michael Perkins for president; Amanda K. Carter and Christopher B. Yancy for vice president; Amanda K. Carter for secretary and Benjamin Paul and Nikki Miller for treasurer.

“This is the first time in a while we’ve had a presidential candidate running unopposed,” Perkins said.

Students can choose up to 13 senators for the College of Arts and Sciences from Benjamin Paul and Michael Thomas; seven senators for the College of Criminal Justice from Trey Blanton; nine senators for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences from Kristan Greenhouse, Samual Roberson and Travis Miller; 11 senators for the College of Education and 10 senators for the College of Business Administration from Christopher B. Yancy, Ryan Bridges, Stephen Reynolds and William Caron.

Current SGA President Chris Whitaker said students are also able to submit write-in votes through the Web site. For senators, five write-in votes are required in order to win the position.

According to Perkins, students are also able to become senators during the summer and Fall semester. He said they must attend two general meetings, two committee meetings and have the proper G.P.A.

“We will be recruiting heavily during the summer,” Perkins said. “We will have a full Senate.”

Students are also able to vote on proposed SGA constitution changes and the Homecoming theme for next semester. Themes include “An Orange STATE of Mind,” “Bearkat Bonanza,” “Mission Orange” and “Uncle Sammy Wants You!”

Whitaker said it is important for students to vote because it gives them a voice, especially on the state level.

“Next year is a legislative session, the student body needs someone with experience dealing with the legislation,” Whitaker said. “There are a lot of important issues coming up next year, including the cost of textbooks.

“It is important for students to have a heavy voice.”

Perkins said SGA hopes to continue the Whitaker administration next school year. A list of issues members of SGA look forward to addressing are academic reform, the attendence policy, quick drop policy, tax-free textbooks and parking problems.

He said SGA also plans on increasing Greek participation.

“The Greek community has not had a voice,” he said. “We look forward to working with them to promote their good deeds on and off campus.”

Students are allowed to vote only once and must log-in to do so. In order to vote, visit or follow the link from the SHSU Web site titled “SGA Elections.”

There is also a link on the Houstonian Web site.

For questions about the election process, contact the current Vice President of SGA and Election Commission Head Jason McKnight at 294- 1938.

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