The candidates for Student Government Association’s 2016 election have been announced. There is only one position that has two candidates.
- Nic Rhodes, economics junior, and Daniel McClain, accounting/finance junior, are running for president of SGA.
Rhodes said he thinks he would make a good president because he has experience in SGA.
“I’ve been involved in SGA each of my three years at OCU,” Rhodes said. “Having served as a committee chair in senate and as VP of SGA, I have rapport with the pertinent members of the OCU faculty, and can enter into the position without a steep learning curve.”
As vice president of SGA, Rhodes is working on the plus/minus grading scale resolution.
McClain said he thinks he would be a good president because he is new to SGA and could bring fresh ideas.
“We see the same people in SGA every year,” McClain said. “While their dedication is certainly commendable, this leads to stagnation and creates a disconnect between the organization and the student body as a whole.
“I am a candidate who can provide SGA with energy and ambition it hasn’t seen in years.”
Voting starts at 8 a.m. March 29 and closes at 5 p.m. March 30 via OrgSnyc. Paper ballots will be available in the Involved Center if students have problems voting online.
Ten other students applied for positions but were uncontested. If there is only one candidate for an office, then the office may be filled by acclamation, according to the SGA Constitution. The candidates for the office automatically assume the office without a formal election.
The two high offices are:
- Holly Randall, political science/Spanish sophomore, received the position of vice president of SGA.
- Shannon Beshears, dance performance junior, received the position of vice president of Student Activities Council.
The other eight were senators, including:
- Rachael Bachhofer, nursing senator
- Glenn ‘Austin’ Gipson-Black, religion senator
- James ‘Jimmy’ Francis, athletic senator
- Thomas Grossnicklaus, social sciences senator
- David Hall, music senator
- Hannah Kilpatrick, Sophomore-at-Large senator
- Tessa McQueen, greek senator
- Kourtney Pierce, Sophomore-at-Large senator
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