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SGA elections conclude

Michael Ford

   The University of Arkansas at Monticello concluded elections for its Student Government Association on Thursday, April 21. The student body elected Michael Cravens as president, DeMarcus Wilson as vice-president, Jordan Gibson as secretary and Esbeida Arce as treasurer.

   Cravens said winning this election personally satisfies him because he wants to work for the students, and by holding this position, he will be more able to express their concerns.

   “The first thing I will do is thank all my supporters, and actively fight for students,” he said. “I think that UAM is headed in the right direction under the leadership of a new chancellor. I feel that the students can have more of a voice. I will also fight for student representation in the UAM assembly.” 

   SGA’s previous president, Sally Owen, said SGA could become a vital voice throughout the campus if students would get involved. 

   “Problems cannot be changed if students do not attend the meetings to address the issues,” she said. “If students see a need for change, then SGA is the place they should go and voice their opinions. I hope with the next group of elected officials, the attendance will continue to grow.” 

   One of Craven’s opponents, Beth Burgess, said she loves UAM and would like to see it grow as a campus.

   “I'd like to see more student involvement on campus and more reasons for students to stay on campus,” she said. “I think that a college should be about the students and be more willing to cater to the students' wishes.”

   Gibson said he plans to make sure everything runs smoothly, put his opinion in when needed and make sure he represents the student body as best as possible.

   “This campus is headed no where but up, and I look forward to contributing my time in anyway to make sure this campus stays on track the way it should be - a winning and growing campus,” he said. 

   The elected senators include:

  • Business: Will Patterson and Brittany Washington
  • Forest Resources: Seth Glaze
  • Music: John Kloap and Karen Merrit
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences: Vanessa Crawford and Chris Studdard
  • Member at Large: Emerald Huggins
  • Arts & Language: Brandi Morgan
  • Education: Jenny Tucker
  • Mathematics & Science: Lori Andrews and Tera Grubbs
  • Nursing: Peter Garanderson
  • Computer Information System: Tony Freeman
  • General Studies: Tori Cruz

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