SGA passes new bill, appoints new senator

The Student Government passed a new bill regarding homecoming elections, elected a new senator, and announced it will be hosting a Blood Drive this Friday during its meeting on Tuesday.

The new bill titled “The Homecoming 2012 Election Mobile Polling Places Act”, was enacted with the hopes of increasing voter turnout for this years student elections, which in the past have been low, according to Treasurer Jimmy Williams.

The new bill allows SGA to set up a table with computers ready for polling in busy areas on campus, such as the Lowman Student Center, the plaza, and the CHSS building. At these polling places, students will be able to vote not only for the king and queen, but also for university referendums. These polling places will be open Oct. 16 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but students will also receive a ballot in their SHSU email on those days.

“We are not advocating either way on either of the referendums, just merely that [the students] need to go out and vote,” said Williams.

The senate also unanimously elected Robert M. Ferguson as senator for the College of Sciences. Ferguson, sophomore biology major, is involved in Veterans Success at SHSU and the Veteran Alumni Association. As a senator, Ferguson hopes to address his concerns about veterans not being represented on campus,

SGA also discussed the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center blood drive it will be sponsoring Friday between the CHSS and Lee Drain buildings from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. President Shane Rankin noted that everyone who signs up to give blood will be entered in a drawing for two Houston Texans tickets for their Oct. 21 game. Students have the option to schedule an appointment to give blood by visiting, logging into Digital Donor, and entering sponsor code “SHSUNE19”.Walk-ins are also welcome.

For more information regarding the homecoming elections or the blood drive, contact President Shane Rankin at

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