Monday, March 18, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 110



Student Voice will run unopposed for SGA

By Tim Williams
Senior Staff Writer

Student Voice Party nominees for 30 Student Government Association positions will run unopposed this year, extending the party's grip on student
political power at UH for a second year. Friday marked the close of the candidate filing period for the 39th administration, and students running on the Student Voice ticket were the sole applicants.

Candidates are tentative as yet, needing to garner UH Campus Activities approval before being placed on the official ballot.

The Law Center, the colleges of optometry and hotel and restaurant management and the Graduate School of Social Work received no applicants for
their senate positions and could go without representation during the next administration. Several senate positions in the current administration were
filled by SGA President James Robertson Jr. after last year's election.

A party running unopposed is unusual in UH student politics. Last year there were two other parties vying with Student Voice for SGA executive and
legislative positions. Several students also ran as independents in 2000.

One contributor to the lack of competition this year may be a lack of advertising by the appointed election commission because of a reduced SGA
election budget.

The SGA senate was in dire financial straits earlier this semester, reporting to the Student Fees Advisory Committee in February that after the election
and inauguration there wouldn't be enough money for the next administration. SFAC approved $23,200 for the senate's immediate use, but the
committee's report still needs UH administration approval.

The senate didn't allocate enough funds to solicit candidates and run the election, said Maceo Smedley, assistant election commissioner.

This year's election budget is $4,000, down from $6,000 last year, Smedley said.

"Our main concern was to make sure we had enough to pay our poll workers," he said.

No advertisements were placed with The Daily Cougar and no flyers distributed, as is usual with announcements to students.

The election calendar and filing procedure were posted on the SGA Web site to inform students, Smedley said.

"If they were really concerned about student government, they would have showed up at some meetings," he said.

The proposal was talked about during meetings, he said.

Election polls will be open between 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 26 and 27 at six locations on campus: Phillip G. Hoffman Hall, the Bauer College of
Business, Moody Towers, the Quadrangle, the Cullen College of Engineering and the Fine Arts building.

The students running on the Student Voice ticket for campus-wide positions are university studies sophomore Dawona Miller for president; sociology
sophomore Jon Quintanilla for vice president; business senior Robert Klementich for student regent; dance freshman Julie Gibson for at-large senate
position 1; university studies sophomore Josh Paige for at-large senate position 2; pre-pharmacy sophomore Christine Aboud for at-large senate
position 3 and biology sophomore Ashley R. Hallene for at-large senate position 4.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences candidates are music junior April Spreeman-Harter, political science freshman David C. Burkley,
English junior Victoria Gonzalez, music freshman Nathan Fontaine, communication freshman Courtney White and political science junior Chigo

The College of Business candidates are pre-business seniors George Siglar Jr., Jeff Hill, Donica Beckett and John F. Poole and management
information systems senior Fiona Stuart.

The College of Education candidates are psychology junior Katawna Walker and dance sophomore Erin Jones.

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics candidates are university studies junior Jarrod Portelance, biology junior Samnang Koy and
political science junior Candice Idlebird.

The College of Engineering candidates are CPE post-baccalaureate Andrew Rodney and electrical engineering sophomore Tekara Wash.

The Honors College candidates are pre-business freshman Zimuzo Agim and psychology sophomore Michelle Prejean.

The College of Pharmacy candidate is pharmacology major Rosalyn Adigun.

The College of Technology candidate is sophomore Brian Royo.

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