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SGA sees historically low number of applicants

Senators voted overwhelmingly to extend SGA elections after receiving only 13 applications for various positions. Dean of Students Gregory Singleton commented on the poor showing.

“I have been here 10 years,” Singleton said. “This is the lowest amount of applicants we’ve ever had in 10 years. Ever. For any election. We have to think: what is the reason for that?”

Singleton also said the historically low number of applicants is a reflection on SGA and the responsibility of everyone in the organization.

The delayed vote by SGA will extend elections for one week. Ideas to garner a higher number of applications included a bigger social media presence and advertisements on Peay Link.

A total of 13 applications were submitted for the 17 open seats of the Senate. Six of those applications were for executive council positions.

If those seats go unfilled in the elections, interviews will be conducted with write-in candidates, after being verified by Singleton. If those numbers are still not sufficient for a full senate, the new vice president of SGA will be tasked with selecting new members.

The deadline for applications is now Wednesday, March 29, with elections running until the first week of April.

Associate Chief Justice Jordan Reedy shared details of the most recent Online Course Committee meeting. The committee is aiming for a Summer 2018 release of an overhaul of D2L which would include an aesthetic change to the online education portal. Reedy also said learning management programs other than D2L will be considered.

Sen. Colin Crist’s Resolution No. 23 was passed without opposition. The resolution calls for the support of SGA regarding the Relay for Life event April 29, in Fortera Stadium. The resolution does not allocate any specific type of support, but “gets the ball rolling” according to Crist. Relay for Life is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.

Sens. Cameron Pena, Madison Hobson and Haley Palmeri were selected by their peers to serve on the Mr. & Madame Governor Committee. Mr. & Madame Governor honors one male and one female graduating senior for their accomplishments as an undergraduate. Pena, Hobson and Palmeri select the winners.

SGA meets at 5 p.m. every Wednesday in MUC 307.

About Patrick Roach

Journalism Major at Austin Peay State University. Junior. Server at Chili's Bar & Grill.

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