Presidential candidates speak at latest SA meeting

Brenda Tavakoli

Senior Staff Writer

Next week, the student body will elect a new Students' Association administration, but if recent meetings are any indication, no real mudslinging has commenced.

The Wednesday night meeting progressed quickly, moving from the initial roll call to the crack of the gavel in 25 minutes.

Presidential candidates Sens. Monica Quintero and Amaury Nora were present. A third candidate, Eric Cabello, was not at the meeting and could not be reached by telephone.

The two presidential candidates in attendance spoke with The Daily Cougar after the meeting adjourned.

Quintero is running on the Cougar S.P.I.R.I.T. party. The party platform includes building a student recreation center and extending SA's community involvement.

"Currently we have 32 students running together. We look at this as a team," Quintero said.

Nora, running for president on the S.U.R.E. party platform, wants to build a parking garage and implement a December graduation ceremony.

"Our party is based on realistic ideas, not idealistic ideas like Cougar Spirit," he said.

Elections will be held on March 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. in locations around campus.

Both President Natalie Merritt and Vice-President Kathryn Alvarado were unable to attend the meeting due to illness. None of the standing committees - academic affairs, internal affairs, student life and administration and finance - had reports ready.

Sen. Donald Large of the UH Law Center addressed SA twice. He urged students to vote in the March 10 state primaries and said he would not be seeking re-election to his SA position.

"It was a high honor and privilege working with you this semester," he said.

He went on to wish all of the SA election candidates good luck and urged them to conductheir campaigns with "dignity and respect."

"The most important thing is

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