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