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Time to Vote for Student Leaders

What Students Need to Know About Student Government Elections

By Anastasia DeFlumeri
On April 19, 2012

During this time of year, many students may not be aware that they can choose their student leaders for next year. Starting next week, student government elections for Student Senate and Class Officer positions will take place here at Plymouth State University.

"The people elected into these positions will be representing students by voicing their concerns and opinion on a number of issues including residential life, dining, parking, safety, state legislature and more," said Student Body Vice President Jessica Cain. "Students should care about elections because their representatives are heard by almost every committee concerning campus life or students, and by administration."

While many students may not necessarily care about the elections, Cain reiterated a very important point as to why students should still follow the elections. "It's important to know who you are allowing to speak and make decisions on your behalf."

 Students will be able to vote for their representatives in the HUB from Tues., Apr. 24, to Thurs., Apr. 26, from 10 am to two pm. It is also important to note that students will need their student IDs to vote.

 There will also be a few incentives given to the students who vote. "We will be giving away sunglasses and Frisbees while supplies last and there will also be a raffle for a free iPad which can only be entered by voting," said Cain.

Nonetheless, there are undoubtedly some students who do not want to just vote, but wish to take part in representing their fellow students. "Joining Student Government is a great way to get involved on campus and to learn more about the University," said Cain. "In Student Government, you can voice your or your constituents' concerns, find answers, and often solutions to a variety of issues on campus."

Ryan Bernier, a current member of the Student Senate, agreed that there was much to be gained by being a member of student government. "Not only do you get to know the administration better, but the skills you develop can help to improve your leadership skills for the future."

If a student is interested in running, there are a few things that they need to do. Cain explained that, "if a student is interested in running, they can get an election packet at the HUB info booth. Depending on the position they are running for, they will need to get either 25 or 100 signatures from the constituents they wish to represent."

 For those Students who wish to take part in student government, they have until Fri., Apr. 20, at 5pm to turn in the necessary information to be placed on the ballot. 

If students have any questions about the elections, they should contact either Jessica Cain at jcain1@plymouth.edu or Luke Breidt at ljbreidt@plymouth.edu. The results will be announced in the Fireplace Lounge on Apr. 26 at 7pm.


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