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Student Government election Monday-Wednesday

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Student Government Association’s (SGA) elections will decide the next President and Vice President for the 2009/2010 school year. Along with electing a new President to represent SCSU, students will vote for senators-at-large and on 3 referendum questions April 13-15.

To vote, students will be sent a link to the electronic voting site in their email Monday morning or they can visit a polling station in Atwood or Garvey. At each polling station will be information regarding each of the candidates and representatives to answer any questions. It only takes moments to vote, but the decision will make a great impact on SCSU and the student body.

The President of SGA serves as the official representatives and spokesperson of the association who is responsible for presiding over the weekly meetings and directing the work of other SGA officers. He or she also serves as the director on the MSUSA Board of Directors.  The Vice President manages all internal and day-to-day functions of the SGA and maintains all financial records and transactions. Senators-at-large are responsible for representing the opinion of all students. Currently only nine senators are running for 15 available senate seats, which means additional senators can be elected by write-in votes.

The elections will also seek to obtain the opinion of the students on several issues.

First is to amend course registration policy to allow students engaging in officially approved performances or competitions on a scheduled basis to have an early course registration window. The second referendum question regards a new taxi cab service that would replace the late night bus service currently in place. This taxi cab service would be available to students seven days a week from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. and would transport students within a five mile radius of campus for a small fee of $1-$2. The last referendum question regards amending the SGA constitution to simplify the language of the Cultural Diversity Committee. This would not in any way alter the function, purpose or description of the committee. 

The SCSU Student Government Association exists to identify, promote, and defend the rights of SCSU students. SGA strives to provide a meaningful method of student participation as citizens of this University community and to promote the students’ interests and needs to student organizations. For more information about the candidates, referendum questions or the voting process email Becca at sga-pr@stcloudstate.edu

About the Candidates:

Jamnick/Sterner

Michael "Punch" Jamnick has served as a senator-at-large and is a former representative of the College of Fine Arts and Humanities. The "Night Bus" began during his term as chairperson of the Urban Affairs Committee when he co-authored the bill to get it approved by the students and campaigned in its favor. Overall, Jamnick has served in SGA for four semesters; two of them added to his duties the chairmanship of the Elections Committee. Outside of student government, Jamnick is a member of the Greek Community and is very active in local media. Currently, he is president and program director of the campus radio station, KVSC. He bartends on the weekend and enjoys being at the lake when he gets some down time.

Sam Sterner has served as a senator-at-large and chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee for SGA. Lobbying (including a trip to Washington, D.C.) on behalf of students, serving on the Elections Committee, and partaking in MSUSA work are someof the ways Sterner has shown commitment to students. Outside of SGA, Sterner studies finance and community development and enjoys traveling and dancing like it's nobody's business.

Holmberg/Thapa

Travis Holmberg, a sophomore, has as his goal if elected president to bring back Husky school pride, which he plans to do by creating a traditions committee that will be responsible for bringing back SCSU traditions that have faded over the years.  The incoming freshman classes will be taught to respect and be proud of the Huskies, he says.  With Birat Thapa at his side as vice president, he hopes to usher SCSU into a new era of student involvement. 

Birat Thapa is a sophomore majoring in political science with a minor in international relations. He served as a senator in spring 2008 and then as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. He is student director of the SCSU Survey and is the public relations and communications director of the Cricket Club. He feels that with hard work and perseverance he and his running mate Travis Holmberg can make SCSU a place where everyone is proud to be a Husky.

Scepaniak/Scepaniak

Bobby Scepaniak has served the SGA as a member of the Fee Allocation Committee and as vice president.  He obtained a bachelor’s degree in business economics from SCSU and is a graduate student in the MBA program.  He is a student-athlete on the men’s track & field team and is a member of the Graduate Student Advisory Board at SCSU. Scepaniak’s passions lie in economics, in which he is very active; athletics, in which he competes and coaches; and the outdoors, where he hunts, goes fishing and loves recreation. 

Adam Scepaniak is a student-athlete on the men’s track & field team and is majoring in athletic training with a minor in biology.  His passions are athletics, whether it be competing or coaching; the sciences, which represent much of his coursework; and volunteering, whether it be for the Special Olympics, area track meets, or at Country Manor nursing home.  

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