April 21, 2004
passes a more inclusive election code
students can run for student body president after a new
election code was passed.
A new election code unanimously passed by the House of
Student Representatives Tuesday will give more students
a chance to run for Student Government Association president.
SGA President Jay Zeidman proposed an amendment to the
election code which later passed to reduce the amount
of time a candidate has to be involved with SGA before
joining the presidential race.
Candidates are still required to have completed 60 credit
hours and a GPA of at least 2.5, but now only need to
attend two House meetings and one Programing Council meeting.
Before, candidates needed to be in SGA for a semester.
The new code clarifies when campaigning can begin, what
materials can be used, what qualifies as a violation and
also allows non-SGA members to run for student body president.
The new code allows:
Campaigning to begin at midnight two weeks before
a general election, with no campaigning including
announcements of a students intent to run
permitted before that time
Students running for office to utilize small promotional
Candidates to campaign on election day
Zeidman said the entire student body should be able to
enter the race and that the new code will allow free and
Foster Hall representative Jonathan Leer said the previous
policy was discriminatory because it did not make running
for president available to the entire campus.
It is now open to all 8,000 students, Zeidman
said. Now any student that wants to truly make a
Although the bill passed unanimously, some students had
My major concern is the whole transition period,
said Dave Watson, SGA treasurer. The new president
comes in and has to learn everything right away and I
would rather the transition period be cut down.
Zeidman said it will be his responsibility to fully transition
the next student body president.
The new code was made to circumvent the problems during
last years elections.
I think some bad light was shed on the election
process last year, said A.J. Jonegewaard, university
affairs chairman. I think it will help because last
year we had some misunderstandings in the code.
Tuesday marked the last House meeting for the semester.
Although business was handled as usual, there was a sense
of relaxation and humor among the representatives.
Hail to the Chief was heard from whistlers
at the meeting as Zeidman got up for his first speech
of the night.
As the meeting drew to a close, Watson and permanent improvement
chairman Lenny Armijo tossed off their jackets, button
up shirts and ties to reveal their Under Armour shirts
as they chanted, We must protect this house.