SGA elections begin

On Monday, Student Government Association senator elections began online at 8 a.m. on Appalnet until Sept. 14.

After the last day of elections, a petition process is available to fill the remaining seats of the senate, equaling 83 in total.

“I think that SGA is a great way to show how much of a leader you can be,” SGA Vice President Eric Barnes said.

SGA President Jake Cox and Barnes hope to average 60 to 70 senators on the board this year.

Last year, Barnes said the beginning of the year had 60 senators, but the number dropped down to about 40.

“I’d like to have as many senators as we can, because we’re representing 16,000 students,” Barnes said.

Although SGA is professional, Barnes said he and Cox would like to make it more personal, both with the senators and students.

Another hope for Barnes is to get more students to come out and view the senatorial meetings. “It’s not some secret meeting,” he said.

The senate will hold meetings open to students in Linville Falls weekly on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Sophomore secondary education English major Nathan Bailey is running for senator this year as a University Funded Organization seat for the Residence Hall Association.

Bailey was senator during the spring 2012 semester.

Bailey said the leadership opportunity was one reasons he’s running for senate.

“I could actually make a physical change on campus for the betterment of everybody,” Bailey said.

Sophomore global studies and political science major Arianna Bonner is running for the Appalachian Panhellenic Hall representative this year.

Last year, Bonner represented Eggers Hall.

“I met great and interesting people,” Bonner said. “That was neat to have that group to connect with.”

Kaitlin Brown, serves on SGA cabinet this year as the director of Student Affairs.

Brown, now a junior elementary education major, served as a senator her freshman year.

Serving as a senator is the best way to make changes, Brown said.

Her advice to this year’s senators is to “give it your all,” she said.

“It’s really can be a great opportunity,” Brown said.

For on-campus housing, there are two representatives for each residence hall, totaling 42 seats.

For off-campus housing, there are 39 seats available.

The remaining twelve seats are held by UFOs such as Appalachian Popular Programming Society, the Women’s Center, Appalachian and the Community Together and the Interfraternity Council.


Story: KELLI STRAKA, News Editor and DANIEL STEVENSON, Intern News Reporter