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A change in leadership

03/05/2014

SGA candidate speeches were held Monday, March 3 in the TMB auditorium at 7:00 p.m. so that the student body could learn the values of each candidate.

Brett Johnson is running unopposed for the position of SGA President. He is currently the Vice President of Student Senate. He said in his speech that he would like input from students during his presidency, and his goal is to be an ambassador for JSU to local governments.

The duties of the SGA President include being the Chief Executive Officer of the SGA, attending committee meetings (or sending a representative to committee meetings), attending at least two Student Senate meetings per semester, submitting a budget to the Student Senate for approval, appointing advisors, attending Board of Trustees meetings, and communicating regularly with the JSU President.

Kalyn Cabral and Kenneth Smith are running for the position of Vice President of Student Activities.

Kalyn is a junior majoring in Public Relations. She said that she is currently the social chair for Zeta Tau Alpha, is Vice President of the Public Relations Organization, has been a senator for two years, and was head of the homecoming committee this year. As the Vice President of Student Activities, she would like to implement a homecoming bonfire, increase the number of people attending football tailgates, have a parents’ weekend, increase JSU social media usage, and involve professors more than in previous years. She said that she has the time to do the job and will have an open door policy.

Kenneth Smith did not share any of his own ideas for the vice presidency because he said he wants to keep the focus on the students’ needs. “If you had a list, I would read that,” he said. He wants more student input and to implement their ideas. He said that he has a lot of contacts and has previously conducted successful events, like the Sigma Nu car show.

The duties of the Vice President of Student Activities include planning campus activities sponsored by the SGA, submitting a budget to the SGA President, and presiding over the Student Activities Council.

Ariel Tolson is running unopposed for the position of Vice President of Organizational Affairs. She has held this position for the past year. She is a junior majoring in Exercise Science and Wellness. During her term, she says that she has increased the allocations that student
organizations may apply for to $400 and has improved attendance at organizational council meetings by 25 percent. During her next term, she plans to focus on having more organizations apply for allocations, involving more faculty advisors and chapter presidents, and better utilizing the allocations committee.

Duties of the Vice President of Organizational Affairs include maintaining a record of budget spending, presiding over the Organizational
Council, advising Student Senate on matters regarding student organizations, and keeping a record of all student organizations.

Tyler Brown is running unopposed for the position of Vice President of Student Senate. He is a Finance/ International Business major. He has been a Freshman Forum mentor, a JSU Ambassador, and has served on the senate for a year and a half. He said in his speech that he wishes to unify JSU and wants to pass legislation that will benefit and reflect JSU.

The duties of the Vice President of Student Senate include presiding over the senate and taking steps to implement legislation that is passed. The Vice President of Student Senate will assume the position of SGA President should there be a vacancy.

The candidate debates will be March 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Theron Montgomery Building Auditorium. The elections will be March 20 from midnight to 5:00 p.m. at www.jsu.edu/elections.

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