Voting in SGA election ends Friday
Whitney Saporito Managing Editor
The Student Government Association will soon have new leadership. SGA elections started this week Monday, April 11, and will last until Friday, April 15.
Students can go online to vote by logging into GUS, clicking on the “Ballots, surveys and voter registration” tab on the left, selecting “vote on ballots and/or complete surveys,” then selecting the Student Government Association 2011 Election ballot from the drop down menu.
Current President Brandon Mills and Vice President Thomas Gregory have decided to step down from their leadership roles and instead run for positions as senators.
Vying to take their place are four students, all experienced in SGA.
Running as the Gorilla Advancement Party candidate is Eric Jones, current SGA treasurer. His running mate is Austin Osborne, sophomore in biology pre-med, who has served on SGA for two years as a senator.
Jones, who is a senior in finance and economics, has two years of experience as SGA treasurer. He says the biggest priority he has if elected is to get the student body more involved in campus events.
He says his plan to encourage more student involvement is tracking who attends the most PSU events, then rewarding that person with a scholarship from SGA. He says the funding for that would come from extra SGA funds.
“The reason I’m running is because I feel I’m most qualified,” Jones said. “I have a full understanding of what campus life is.”
His opponent is current Public Relations Director Jonna Fearmonti, who is running as the B.E.S.T (Bringing Every Student Together) party candidate. Fearmonti is a senior in Communication and is in her fourth year with SGA.
Her running mate is Rhaysa Velazquez, junior in Spanish, and current Academic Affairs director for SGA. She has served in SGA for two years.
Fearmonti says one of the most important issues for her is to create a more diverse SGA that will include different perspectives. She plans to do this by joining with numerous campus organizations to co-sponsor events and also by recruiting applicants from across campus.
Fearmonti says it is also important that students are encouraged to voice their opinion.
She says it is her lengthy experience in SGA that makes her most qualified for the position.
“I basically decided to run because I feel like it’s my time,” Fearmonti said. “This will be my fourth year. I know the policies and I know the campus.”
There are also several current members of SGA seeking reelection to their senate seats.
Also running for a senate seat is Mills, who completed his last meeting as SGA president this week.
He says he feels his biggest accomplishment as SGA President is his work with faculty senate to fix the dead week policy.
Though the new policy has not been finalized, Mills says it includes a stronger enforcement policy for the current dead week rules.
Mills says election results will be announced at noon on Monday, April 18, on the marble staircase in Russ Hall.
For more information about the candidates students can go online to the SGA homepage on the PSU web site.