By KIMBERLY SMITH
Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Adam Fridley, chairman of the State Advisory Council of Students, is on the agenda at the Capitol, Thursday, to go to bat one last time for students attending public higher education institutions in West Virginia. Earlier this year, the State Advisory Council of Students started a petition asking the legislative and executive branches to exclude public schools from the proposed $34 million in budget cuts.
“Our elected officials have indicated that they intend to place the burden of the state’s shortfalls on the very individuals who will be entrusted with the future wellbeing of our great State,” Fridley said. “As a result of these cuts, our colleges and universities will have no other option than to raise our tuition, yet again.”
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin informed all state agencies this year that they should plan for a 7.5 percent cut to their respective budgets. Fridley said it could mean around a $5 million cut in Marshall’s budget.
Fridley, along with other members of the council, has been trying to fight the cut since February. He drafted the petition, which outlines reasons higher education should be exempt.
“This continued cost shift onto my fellow students and me has resulted in increased student loan debt, the pricing out of less fortunate students and even decreased classroom performance as a result of more students being forced to work part or full-time in order to pay for their degrees and living expenses,” Fridley said.
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By KIMBERLY SMITH
Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Just 38 votes separated winning candidate, EJ Hassan, and second place winner, Derek Ramsey in the race for Marshall University student body president. Election Commissioner Ray Cousins announced the results of the 2013 election Wednesday.
“Going into it, you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Hassan said. “You work very hard, you pray and you put your best foot forward when you walk in the door to hear the results.”
All three teams had two weeks to campaign on campus before the voting started.
“I think what put us ahead in this election was reaching out to students,” Hassan said. “You have to break out of your shell and reach out to people you haven’t talked to.”
Steve Hensley, dean of Student Affairs, said the election was different this year than the other years he has been involved, because there were so many quality teams of good students who were experienced and well organized.
“There were three excellent teams this year that worked hard to put their ideas out there for people to view,” Hensley said. “I think that takes a lot of courage.”
Outgoing president, Ray Harrell, said he thought all three candidates ran a great campaign.
“Everyone really got the word out to the student body,” Harrell said. “That’s what this is all about.”
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By KIMBERLY SMITH
Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Marshall University Student Government elections are officially underway. Wednesday, all students planning to run for student body president and student senate filed for candidacy at the Memorial Student Center.
Every spring, elections are held and students vote for a president and vice president. According to the SGA website, the requirements to become student body president include serving a full term, which is two semesters. Students file for office, elections are two weeks after that and then the elected officials take office in April.
Ray Harrell Jr., who is graduating in May, has been a part of the SGA for the past four years and served as president for the past two.
Harrell said it will be bitter sweet for him to leave office, but he is hopeful for the future SGA leaders.
“Overall, I’m very satisfied with the progress that we made over the past two years,” Harrell said. “At inauguration last year, Dr. Kopp said himself that he’s never had such a strong relationship between his office and student government before, and I think that really speaks to how effective we’ve been and how effective the organization can continue to be in the future.”
Ray Cousins, election commissioner, said the candidates can expect a hectic two weeks of campaigning. He said they are planning to have two debates and a meet and greet for the candidates.
Harrell said the most important thing for future SGA staff to remember is keeping constant communication with the student body.
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