A new chapter for SGA

Elections provide a change in positions of leadership

By Ixchel Sotelo
On April 24, 2020

Photo contributed by Kristen Kilpatrick:
Newly elected SGA President Kristen Kilpatrick shows off her Ram pride.

 

The Student Government Association on April 15 released the results of their 2020-2021 election, which included a new president, vice president and the addition of new senators.

The SGA elected sophomore Kristen Kilpatrick as their new president. 

“I first got involved in SGA the spring semester of my freshman year,” Kilpatrick said. “I was motivated to run for president because I know exactly the kind of change and improvement I want to see within student government and the student body as a whole.”

Vice President Brady Floyd, previously parliamentarian, said he had not planned on running for his position until a friendship grew between him and Kilpatrick.

“It’s funny, I really never saw myself running,” Floyd said. “She told me she was running for president and asked me if I would be her VP and I said yes. I am really glad I did. Kristen is fun to work with and this position will give me an opportunity to grow as a leader.”

Since the majority of ASU students were sent home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s election process became more difficult for SGA candidates. 

“With candidates not being able to be on campus, there was no way to campaign to students and get their votes,” Floyd said. “We were lucky enough that everyone that ran got a spot, but it’s nice to be able to talk to students and get their feedback.”

While SGA is unable to hold their regular biweekly meetings in person, they have made adjustments by meeting every week via Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate in order to continue with their orders of business. 

“If we return in the fall, I hope to see the numbers in SGA rise,” Kilpatrick said. “I believe having better representation by filling every single seat so everyone can be represented. I want to see more outreach by senators and executive members to identify the problems students are facing so we can provide meaningful legislation to make the Ram Fam experience all the more better.”

The duo has come up with ideas to make SGA more visible on campus and show the true meaning of being a part of the Ram Fam by encouraging students to get involved. At the beginning of the fall semester, SGA will send out appointment applications.

“I’m so excited to be able to bridge the gap between the student body and RSOs to the administrators,” Kilpatrick said. “Our opinions and thoughts as students are valuable and I know we can provide meaningful and long-lasting change to the campus, community and relationships we have here in our home of San Angelo.”

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