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Association prepares for turnover

Kristen Rice | Wednesday, February 29, 2012


As the April 1 turnover deadline quickly approaches, the Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) discussed preparations for its last few weeks in office and the outcome of Thursday’s elections at its Wednesday meeting.

Members of SGA said students would be able to use their laptops to vote at several locations on campus, including Spes Unica Hall, the Student Center and the Noble Family Dining Hall. Students will also receive a personal voting link via email. 

At last week’s SGA meeting, student body vice president Jacqualyn Zupancic said she hopes the student body mobilizes on Election Day.

“We want as many students to be involved in voting as possible, and that is why we have set up booths at various spots around campus to bring more awareness and involvement,” she said.

Once the elections conclude, SGA will focus its efforts on preparing for a smooth turnover. Student body president Nicole Gans recommended current SGA members take necessary steps to help their successors adjust to their new positions.

“Make a folder or pass on your actual binders for the people who will be taking your position because just giving information you wish you would have known to people in your position would be helpful,” she said.

Chief of staff Emily Skirtich seconded Gans’s recommendation of promoting communication between outgoing and incoming SGA members.

Skirtich said strong communication will be beneficial in the future when SGA, Residence Hall Association, Student Activities Board, Student Diversity Board, Senate and class boards collaborate to plan events.

In preparation for turnover, SGA must complete the SGA Constitution and develop guidelines for the councils’ presentation of legislation to the new Senate. Zupancic said they hope to get the constitution approved before turnover.

Though preparations for turnover still remain, members of the current SGA said they intend to make the remainder of their term successful while preparing incoming members for a successful future.