15 students running for senator positions in SGA


  15 people are running in the fall 2018 Student Government Association’s senator elections, set to begin 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 and closing at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.

   Cynthia Thompson, director of Student Life, said this year, there are a broader range of candidates and slightly more than past elections this year.

   “We’ve got somebody running for every single position, which is exciting,” Thompson said. Running opposed are the candidates for business and management senator, transfer senator, freshman senator, and undergraduate senator.

  The other races are the senator from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, International Student Senator, Online Student Senator, Senator-at-Large, Campus Resident Senator and Peoria Campus Senator.

  The reason Thompson thinks there are more candidates this year is because the Student Government Association has done a better job promoting it.“(There’s) just a new energy on campus this fall, I think,” she said.

    Students can vote via a link they will get in their email on Wednesday. Thompson said a candidate forum, set tentatively from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 26, with the location to be announced, will give students the opportunity to see why candidates are running and what they’re going to offer students this year.

    Student Government Association President Rosie Dawoud said she wants to see senators pass meaningful resolutions and collaborate with each other this year.

   In the past, SGA has passed resolutions such as the one that makes every vending machine at UIS take an I-card.

   “A persona goal of mine is SGA outreach,” Dawoud said. “I feel like we haven’t really been present on campus in the last few years, so maybe knowing (and) letting students know where we are, who we are, could be a big help.”

  To help with this, several events letting people know more about the SGA are in the works, Dawoud added. “(These events will let) people know we’re out here, let people know our faces,” Dawoud said.

  “They can come here talk to us about any issues they’re having; we’re here to advocate for them.”