Today is the last day for students to vote for Student Government Association president.
Nic Rhodes, economics/finance junior, and Daniel McClain, accounting/finance junior, are running for SGA’s top post.
Voting began at 8 a.m. March 29 and ends at 5 p.m. March 30 via OrgSync. If students have problems voting online, paper ballots are available in the Involved Center in Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center.
The election filing process started Feb. 29.
Rhodes said 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,” he 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, which looks at the grading scale here versus grading scales at other schools to decide whether to keep the plus/minus system or not.
McClain said 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,” he 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.”
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 other high offices are decided.
Holly Randall, political science/Spanish sophomore, received the position of vice president of SGA. She was the athletics district senator last year.
Shannon Beshears, dance performance junior, received the position of vice president of Student Activities Council.
“The more people that vote, the more that administration respects our representatives,” Rhodes said.
Results will be announced April 1.
The election process can last until April 4 if there is a runoff between candidates.
Stay with MediaOCU.com for more updates on the election.