The elections for SGA executive officers and senators are quickly approaching. Along with the elections comes a new group of campus decision makers and leaders. Current SGA President Sean Ochsenbein is excited for the prospective new senators and executive members that will start campaigning next week.
“I feel we have a good pool of candidates that are really motivated to not only be a part of student government and try to hold it to the standards that the executive body has tried to hold it to,” Ochsenbein said, “but they also want to progress the student government and make it better.
“Something that’s important in any organization is that the new officers not only work on what the previous administration was working on, but they try to create new initiatives and move in a positive and forward direction.”
There are several requirements for students interested in a position. The positions are open to all students that are currently enrolled, in good standing with the University and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5. Candidates must also fill out the proper petitions.
Many students have already planned to campaign for a position and are working on their petitions. One of these students is Ross Harvey, junior communications major.
“I believe that everyone should have a voice on campus, and the only way that everyone can have a voice is for a diverse range of people to be on senate,” Harvey said. “I’m not sure if I would have any specific changes in mind, but I think I could lend a different view on many of the issues.”
Ochsenbein offers some advice to students applying for an executive position or a seat in the senate.
“Actively look around campus for places where you might be able to improve the campus experience for students,” Ochsenbein said. “As a senator, you can start looking at campus a little differently than most students do. Now they can actually implement bills to work on problems that are on campus. As a senator putting a petition in, I think it’s important to know that student government is a place where you can really help the students.”
Elections for the executive officers will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7, and elections for senate will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12. Both elections will be conducted online.
For more information, contact SGA Secretary Kristin Holder, or visit the SGA website at www.tntech.edu/sga/home.