The Student Government Association’s senator elections are ongoing and will close on Thursday, April 21, at 4 p.m. There are six candidates running across the four positions — the College of Business Senator, the College of Arts & Sciences Senator, the Class of 2024 Senator and the VP of Internal Affairs.
Khalilh Jackson, a junior business management major, is the only student running for the College of Business Senator. He is running for the position because he would like to use his experience in order to hear and advocate for students and aid them in connecting with both administration/faculty and each other.
“I want to see groups working together, students networking and unity among the community,” Jackson said. “This can grow the collaborative environment that many students want to see around campus. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to serve students and the College of Business.”
There are two student candidates for the College of Arts & Sciences Senator — Dameeyah Floyd, a junior English major, and Alli Stull, a freshman political science major.
Floyd hopes that if elected she can work closely with the different directors at Shippensburg University in order to ensure that all students receive the quality education they deserve. After struggling with her own transition to SU, Floyd explained that she hopes to make SU more inclusive.
“Education needs to be inclusive and I hope to work more closely with students and faculty so that we can ensure that the education gap and retention rates of all students continue to stay at a low,” Floyd said.
Stull hopes to be a voice for all of the diverse areas of study in the College of Arts & Sciences. “There are many opinions and thoughts that I think should be heard,” Stull said. “It can be frustrating as a student to feel that no one is listening to your concerns, ideas and thoughts. I want to make sure this doesn't happen and that all students in the College of Arts & Sciences know someone had their back.”
“At Ship, we are fortunate to have many resources for students such as the learning center and the counseling center,” Stull said. “However, students have busy lives as stated above and the hours they are available may not match the hours the learning center or other resources are open. I feel that we need to work harder to accommodate students and meet with them outside of certain hours. I want all students to know that resources are available to them no matter what.” Stull explained the frustrations of students not being able to use the resources available.
Harun Pacavar is the only student candidate for the Class of 2024 Senator. Pacavar wants to work as a strong advocate for fellow students on campus.
“I hear and see issues that occur on campus and bringing light to these issues is very important to me,” Pacavar said. “For me to potentially have this position, I feel as if I will be able to bring attention to these issues and have this organization work together to solve these concerns to the best of our ability.”
Additionally, there are two student candidates for the Vice President of Internal Affairs SGA Officers position. Both Kennedy Holt, a freshman political science and sociology double major, and Ethan Rosenberry, a freshman member of SGA.
Holt vowed to students that she wants to help aid SU in becoming a campus of unity, acceptance and advocacy. She wants to cultivate an environment of equity and diverse inclusivity.
“Allowing me to put the perspectives and opinions of my fellow peers before that of my own,” Holt said. “Consequently, I would contribute neutrality and integration to the campus environment. Encouraging feelings of exuberance, unity and collaboration. It is vital that we work together ensuring one another's success.”
As a member of SGA, Rosenberry explained that he has seen both the highs and lows of SGA and that he hopes to help SGA grow from its mistakes.
“I have seen firsthand the impact that organizations like the Student Government Association had on the communities that they represent,” Rosenberry said. “The Student Government Association needs leaders who will take initiative and lead in the right direction and I am firmly confident that I am fit for the job.”
The SGA election ballot can be reached through students’ SU e-mails. The link was sent by Seth Edwards, the 2021-2022 student trustee, on Monday, April 18 at 8 a.m. and voting will close on April 21 at 4 p.m.