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February 08, 2006

Four enter race for SGA president

Potential candidates yet to be certified by Elections Board


By Mike Faulks
Student Life Editor


Two days after the deadline to apply for the preliminary campaigning period in this year's SGA election, at least four students say they've applied to run for SGA president.


They are Justice Smyth, SGA vice president of student affairs; Adam Rankin, a second-year SGA senator for the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration; Michael Ingram, co-chairman of the SGA campus safety committee; and Robert Steiner, the secretary of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society.


All say they've filed a letter of intent to seek the SGA presidency with the Office of the Dean of Students.

The UA Student Elections Board has yet to release whether the four have been certified to run. The preliminary campaigning period allows candidates to speak at meetings of student organizations through Feb. 24.


Smyth and Rankin ran against each other last year for vice president of student affairs, while Ingram and Steiner will be seeking an elected SGA office for the first time.


Smyth, a junior majoring in journalism and a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, served on the SGA Senate assistance committee his freshman year and was an SGA senator for the College of Communication and Information Sciences his sophomore year.


Rankin, a junior majoring in management, has made two unsuccessful bids at SGA executive office, in addition to his years in the Senate. He ran for vice president of external affairs in 2004 and for vice president of student affairs in 2005. Rankin was vice chairman of the 2005 Homecoming committee and is a member of the SGA president's committee on the restoration of Foster Auditorium.


Ingram, a junior majoring in operations management, was vice president of Freshman Forum and served on the SGA governmental affairs committee during the 2003-04 school year. He was a member of the Capstone Men and Women student ambassador program for two years and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity during his freshman and sophomore years. He is also a national merit scholar.


Steiner, a junior majoring in psychology, history and political science, is the only one of the four without prior SGA experience. He is a mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, a Relay for Life team captain and a student adviser for curriculum development in the UA psychology department.


The official campaign period will begin Feb. 26 until the polls close on the final day of the election, March 8. Students will be able to vote around campus on March 4, March 7 and March 8.


Students interested in applying for executive or senatorial candidacy may still do so. All statements of candidacy and letters of intent must be turned in to the Office of the Dean of Students by Feb. 15 at 

4:45 pm.




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