Thursday, February 28, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 103



SGA approves election proposal, sets dates

By Tim Williams
Senior Staff Writer

After a delay of nearly a month, the Student Government Association election season officially starts today. SGA senators approved an
election proposal Wednesday night that sets dates for filing, campaigning and a two-day election.

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Nick Iula, resident district manager of Chartwells and head of Cougar Dining Services, addresses Student Government Association
senators about food service concerns during a senate meeting Wednesday night.

The filing period for college senate seats and University-wide positions starts at 10 a.m. today and runs through March 15. Filing will
temporarily cease next week for spring break. 

Candidates can file in Room 57 of the University Center Underground. Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing
at UH.

The Candidates Seminar, presented by election commissioners John Martinez and Maceo Smedley, will take place March 18. Eligible
candidates will be notified of the time and place after the filing period ends.

Election polling will take place March 26 and 27 at six locations around campus. If no run-off is needed, results should be announced
March 29.

Senators were pleased with the proposal's passage, though some worried what was being done to publicize the election calendar.

The SGA Web site ( and flyers are the most likely ways students will get word on the dates, SGA President James
Robertson Jr. said.

Robertson questioned Student Fees Advisory Committee member and business senator Jeff Hill about whether SGA could expect
additional funds to publicize and run the election. Robertson recently went before SFAC with a request for emergency funds, saying
his administration was low on money and wouldn't be able to leave much for the next administration.

"There is going to be some sort of a recommendation for a disbursement this year," Hill said. Since SFAC is in ongoing deliberations,
he declined to say more.

Chartwells Food Services, the University's food vendor, came under fire from students and SGA members concerned about high prices
and low food quality.

In a complaint filed earlier this month, April Spreeman-Harter, a College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences senator, questioned why
packaged food items sold in campus convenience stores, or C-Stores, can be purchased at a significantly cheaper cost off campus.

The answer is that other outlets buy large quantities and get better prices from distributors, Chartwells Resident District Manager Nick
Iula said during a discussion with senators and students.

"Our objective is to get C-Store pricing closer to other convenience store chains," Iula said. 

Student attendance was up for Wednesday's meeting, held in the common area of the Moody Towers residence hall, and several
spectators voiced concerns about food provided at the Horizons Cafe.

One student complained to Iula about an incident in which he purchased spoiled food from the cafe and management seemed

"I didn't want money back," electrical engineering junior Oladapo Olaleye said. "I wanted an acknowledgement that the food was
spoiled. It could have killed."

But Iula defended the food service.

"I can't agree with you that this food was spoiled," he said.

Cougar Dining Services, Chartwells' operations at UH, recently received a commendation from its parent company recognizing it for
sanitation excellence at UH, he said.

"We'll skimp on labor. We don't skimp on food safety," Iula said.

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