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
election proposal Wednesday night that
sets dates for filing, campaigning and a two-day election.
Pin Lim/The Daily Cougar
Nick Iula, resident district
manager of Chartwells and head of Cougar Dining Services, addresses Student
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
Candidates can file in Room 57 of the University
Center Underground. Students must be in good academic and disciplinary
The Candidates Seminar, presented by election
commissioners John Martinez and Maceo Smedley, will take place March 18.
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
Senators were pleased with the proposal's
passage, though some worried what was being done to publicize the election
The SGA Web site (www.uh.edu/sga) and flyers
are the most likely ways students will get word on the dates, SGA President
Robertson Jr. said.
Robertson questioned Student Fees Advisory
Committee member and business senator Jeff Hill about whether SGA could
additional funds to publicize and run
the election. Robertson recently went before SFAC with a request for emergency
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
and low food quality.
In a complaint filed earlier this month,
April Spreeman-Harter, a College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences senator,
packaged food items sold in campus convenience
stores, or C-Stores, can be purchased at a significantly cheaper cost off
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
"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
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
"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
sanitation excellence at UH, he said.
"We'll skimp on labor. We don't skimp on
food safety," Iula said.