Hi 72 / Lo 38
|Volume 72, Issue 106,
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
SGA party has full plate
UH4U, only party running in this week's elections, focuses efforts on safety, spirit
by JENNIFER EARLY
Students running under the UH4U ballot for the Student Government Association Senate's Wednesday and Thursday elections will face less opposition than in previous races.
UH4U, the only party in the election, aims to make the SGA more transparent and UH safer, prouder and more affordable by creating a Spirit and Traditions Council, continuing to fight tuition and fee increases and advocating for "Tier I" status, David Rosen, UH4U presidential nominee, said. "We want to bring more blue call boxes and lights across campus. We want to improve career services, because nowadays getting a degree is only half of the battle ? students need to find internships and jobs, too," Rosen said. "We want to install recycling bins in the dorms and other places around the school, which is something that many students have been demanding for a while. We also want to improve food services here and create a student-run radio station."
Sam Dike, UH4U vice presidential nominee, said the Spirit and Traditions Council would coordinate the activities of the campus's spirit groups in an attempt to increase attendance at sporting events and promote school spirit.
"The council will also provide support and foster the growth of traditions such as Homecoming and Frontier Fiesta," Dike said.
Being the only party has not discouraged UH4U candidates from campaigning to student groups.
Rosen said being unopposed at the top of the ticket is bittersweet, but it won't change the way UH4U runs its campaign.
"This is the third year in a row I've been unopposed. I was looking forward to the debates, to the competition," he said. "But we're going to work as hard as we would if we were opposed from five different directions. (UH4U) is still working hard, and we're going to try to get more than 3,000 students to vote this year, which would be a new record."
Dike said running opposed is good for planning purposes but not for discussing the future of UH. In terms of how an unopposed race will affect the SGA, Dike does not foresee any negativity.
"I do believe that we have great people coming into office that are going to work hard to make the student experience on this campus better. That's the most important thing," Dike said. "There could be two or three people running, but if they don't have a clear plan of action or a vision for the future, it doesn't matter and it might be time to worry.
"What matters is that we have a vision for the future and a plan of action to make student life better."
Shameria Davis, current senator and UH4U College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences seat No. 5 nominee, said SGA helps solve student issues and that she wants to continue to be part of the solution.
"I love my job as a senator for CLASS. We are a huge part of the student body, and I know we need a voice," Davis said. "The best way to be heard and known is to just get out there, be yourself and let your light shine."
UH students running in this week's elections for the nine contested Student Government Association Senate positions weigh in below on what they see as the most important issues facing UH and their constituents and how they plan to make improvements if elected. See Wednesday's Daily Cougar for complete voting instructions for the 2007 elections.
Senator-at-Large No. 4
Kayley Sanders: Hotel and restaurant management sophomore
Chanthu Pillai: Biology sophomore
CLASS Seat NO. 3
Vanessa Hall: Public relations junior
Stephanie King: Psychology and journalism junior
CLASS SeNAtor NO. 5
Shameria Davis: Psychology and political science senior
Josh Sarkar: Political science junior
CLASS seat No. 8
Gareth Morton: Political science sophomore
Alexander W. Obregon: Psychology junior
NSM Senator NO. 3
Chuka Onya: Biology sophomore
Hira Iqubal: Biology sophomore
Jonas R. Chin: Communications sophomore
Sabina Mohammed: Business freshman
Senator-at-large No. 3
Bilal Zakaria: Accounting and economics junior
Education seat No. 1
Darinee ‘Dona' Suttajit: Nutrition senior
CLASS seat No. 6
Jason J. Cisneroz; Political science junior
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