Volume 9, Issue 1 University of Houston
SGA approves presidential nomination
by KELSIE HAHN
The Student Government Association approved an election calendar proposal for the spring 2007 SGA elections and approved one of two presidential nominations for open seats Dec. 6 at its final meeting of the semester.
According to the election calendar, filing for SGA offices will begin Feb. 5 and end Feb. 19, and elections will be held March 7 and 8.
Chief Election Commissioner Patrick Tyczynski said the electronic voting system, which experienced problems in the 2006 election, would be checked before the voting days.
“We will test it three times, four times, over and over,” he said.
In other business, the SGA confirmed President Francisco Zelaya’s nomination of nutrition senior Dona Suttajit to fill an empty education seat but did not approve social work graduate student Josephine Tittsworth for an open social work seat.
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Senators voted down graduate student Josephine Tittsworth’s nomination to the Student Government Association’s open social work seat at the SGA’s meeting Dec. 6. Senators said they were reluctant to fill the position with a senator who would graduate in May and not be able to run for re-election in the spring.
Suttajit, who plans to graduate in Spring 2008 and is the director of the Metropolitan Volunteer Program and sits on the University Center Policy Board, said she plans to run for re-election to the seat in the spring and would focus her efforts on improving the nutrition program.
“Right now, I’m mostly in the nutrition department, so I really want to improve that area first,” she said. “There are classes that are only offered at certain times, and this can be an obstacle preventing students from graduating on time. Not only am I affected by this, but I am aware of many peers that have had to delay their graduation due to this matter.
“Another area I seek to improve is the kitchen in the Cameron Building used by the food science and commercial classes, and I strongly feel that it needs a renovation. I realize that this is a challenging task that will require time and effort, but I believe it's worthwhile in order to suit the students' needs.”
Education Sen. Brian Ambridge said that with the addition of Suttajit, the three education seats would represent the three popular education focuses — nutrition, teacher certification and sports and fitness administration.
“We have all three bases pretty much covered,” Ambridge said.
Senators did not approve Zelaya’s nomination of Tittsworth, who will graduate in May. Zelaya said the time left before the next election would not be enough for Tittsworth to affect change.
“I don’t think that in six sessions she’s going to bring something to the table,” he said. “It’s about the students, so how can we be effective for them?”
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Sen. Gus Forward said that making contacts and formulating ideas as a senator takes time.
“I almost think it’s better if it’s empty,” he said.
In other business, SGA student regent Ashley Glaw said she would mail letters to Texas state representatives in preparation for plans to lobby at the Capitol in February, and Vice President David Rosen introduced the SGA’s new adviser, Director of Campus Activities Marcella Leung.
SGA sessions will resume in the spring semester.<>
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