SGA announces new officers

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Travis Handy

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Rising sophomore Lee Hicks was elected student body president. He is pictured here with soon-to-be former president Randi-Lyn Randall. Photo by Courtney Earll - The Tartan

The SGA held elections last week, naming new members to the executive board for the 2011-2012 school year, as well as a sophomore class senator and three senators at large. The new leaders were announced at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23.

Voting was held online Tuesday and Wednesday. A majority of the positions had only one candidate.

Lee Hicks, a freshman who ran unopposed, was elected student body president. Another freshman, Justin Blankenship, was elected as the new legislative vice president. Sophomore Emily Redd was elected executive vice president, while junior Nicole Munsey will be next to serve as vice president of student finance.

The future president, Hicks, feels like he was born a leader. Hicks said he has been involved with student government throughout the years in school.

“It’s my freshman year in college and I wanted a bigger role,” Hicks said. “So I thought, ‘why not go for head honcho?’”

Hicks has three initiatives he would like to see through for next year, which he eagerly spoke about.

“The first thing is to increase school spirit,” Hicks said. “The second is to build a better sense of community. And the third thing is to bring better communication between faculty, staff and students.”

He would also like to get a football team started on campus.

“Football is a great staple of our nation,” Hicks said. “It brings all sorts of people together to enjoy it and it could create a better sense of community.”

That’s not to mention the increase in school spirit he also spoke of.

Hicks is pursuing a double major in political science and social science with a concentration in teaching. He would like to be a high school history or government teacher and wants to run for public office down the road.

“I would like to go up to the U.S. Senate,” Hicks said, when asked about his future political aspirations.

The second most significant position on the SGA executive board is legislative vice president. The legislative VP is the vice chairperson of the SGA senate and also oversees revisions of the constitution, chairs the SGA electoral board and ensures members attend events. Blankenship is excited about his future in the position.

“I really like being involved,” Blankenship said. “I feel like there’s so much apathy here and if nobody gets involved in trying to make the university a better place, then nothing will ever change.”

Blankenship is ready to get started.

“I’m looking forward to getting to represent the students, and I’m looking forward to making a lot of changes [in SGA] next year.”

With rising sophomores in two of the top positions in SGA, the new leadership has the potential to take on a new dynamic. Current student body president Randi-Lyn Randall thinks the underclassmen will be good for SGA.

“I’m excited for them,” Randall said. “Most of them are pretty young, so I think their leadership will be fresh.”

Randall intends to continue working with the incoming executive board for the remainder of her time in office. The succeeding officers will spend the rest of this semester shadowing the active executive board members and learning more about their roles.

“As soon as they get the foundation of the positions, they’ll be ready to go,” Randall said.

Randall stated that in her time as president she has enjoyed networking with her constituents.

“I get to meet people I wouldn’t ordinarily get to. It’s nice to meet them and make positive changes at Radford.”

She feels that during the last year, communication between administration and students has improved, along with increased interest in SGA from the student body.

“There’s more of a student voice than last year, and there are more people showing up for events,” Randall said.

Randall announced the newly-elected officers to the group that had gathered in the Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center food court last Wednesday. The announcement party was hosted by the SGA, who also provided cupcakes and soda for the small reception.