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Volume 70, Issue 128, Wednesday, April 13, 2005


RHA candidates introduce ideas during debate

Residential recycling, a shuttle to Gulfgate are among the proposals

By Rachael Seely
The Daily Cougar 

Though none of the candidates for Residence Halls Association executive offices said the current RHA administration is doing a bad job, they were full of suggestions for improvement Tuesday.

The candidates for president, vice president of administration and vice president of special events met for a debate at Oberholtzer Hall in preparation for the RHA election next week.

Among the suggestions were raising attendance at General Assembly meetings, encouraging recycling in campus housing, fostering a sense of community among residents and starting a weekend shuttle service to Gulfgate for students who don't have personal transportation.

Residence Halls Association executive candidates (from left) Ashley Glaw, Joel Kissell, Chris Crane and Jim McCormick met for a debate Tuesday evening in preparation for next week's RHA election.
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"(Associate Director of Residential Life and Housing) Sandy Coltharp and I have been discussing the possibility of taking a UH shuttle bus on a Saturday to a place like Gulfgate Mall," presidential candidate Chris Crane said.

Crane, who is now vice president of the Cougar Place Hall Council, said the service would help students who don't own cars take advantage of local shopping opportunities.

Crane will face Quadrangle resident Joel Kissell in the presidential race.

Kissell said he plans to help facilitate on-campus recycling and continue in the footsteps of the current administration if he's elected.

Ashley Glaw and Jim McCormick are competing for vice president of administration and Julie Modgling is running unopposed for the position of vice president of special events.

Glaw has been vice president of administration since January, when former RHA President Russell Payne resigned suddenly, causing an administrative shuffle that ultimately promoted her from vice president of special events.

Glaw says her biggest priority is increasing attendance at General Assembly meetings by amending the RHA Constitution to mandate that each hall council president and vice president send a representative to every meeting.

General Assembly meetings give hall council representatives a chance to voice their residents' unique concerns.

McCormick, Glaw's opposition, said he wants to encourage a sense of community among residents by improving communication and event promotion.

"I'd like to improve communication within the residence halls through flyers, announcements and possibly creating a student listserv," McCormick said.

Voting in the RHA election will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lobbies of Oberholtzer Hall, Cougar Place and the Moody Towers. Residents must have a Cougar 1Card or valid driver's license and vote in the hall in which they live.

Results will be announced by 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Oberholtzer East Cafeteria.

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