It’s election season on campus, and students are encouraged to vote for the candidates who best represent their views in the general elections for the Southern Utah University Student Association (SUUSA), which will be held this Tuesday and Wednesday, March 6 and 7.
Each year, SUUSA’s ten officer positions open up to a new crop of students who will help lead the student body and advocate for student interests through the next school year.
The election pool, which began with 45 candidates, has been whittled down to 20, with two students competing in each category. Four of the races are for executive office positions, including president, academic vice president, activities vice president and clubs and student leadership vice president. The six remaining races are for student senate positions across the University's five academic colleges as well as the Graduate College.
SUUSA does much to shape the student experience at SUU and its leaders serve as the primary voice for students among University and state higher education administrators. Beginning at 8 a.m. on March 6, students may cast their votes at an electronic voting center in the Sharwan Smith Student Center to determine who next year’s leaders will be. Polling will then remain open through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7.
Currently enrolled students are eligible to vote for one candidate in each of the executive offices and can select the senator of their choice to represent their respective college.
Election events resume this week, starting with a senate open forum in the Sharwan Smith Living Room at noon on Monday, March 5. Executive office candidates will then face off in a debate on Tuesday at noon, also in the Living Room. Following the debate at 3 p.m., the local improv comedy group Off the Cuff will perform.
For additional information about the candidates and their ideas for SUU’s student body, visit the SUUSA Elections Center, run through SUU News, at suunews.com/elections/suusa/2012.