UWF elects new SGA officers, senators

follow By Kenny Detwyler 
Contributing Writer 

The results are in, and the student body has chosen new representatives for the 2017-2018 school year.

On April 5 at 9 p.m., an hour after online voting had closed, students and candidates gathered in the Commons to hear who won the officer and senate positions within SGA. Cheers and applause erupted with the reading of each winner. The most enthusiastic was saved for the new SGA President-elect, Kishane Patel.

Patel is junior political science major and currently serves as SGA vice president. He has a lengthy record of SGA service, including serving as senator, chief of staff, and being on the freshman committee. Now he’s prepared to end his SGA career in his most impactful role yet: president.

“If you ask anyone who knows me, they know my passion and heart is within UWF SGA,” Patel said. But he is happy to be finished with campaigning: “I think everyone is excited to be done with the election. It can definitely drain you out when campaigning to the student body.”

Patel and Vice President-elect Yasmin Hernandez say they are excited to begin working on the platform they ran on. It calls for improving campus safety, enhancements to dining services, and lobbying for student discounts at local venues.

However, the new president and vice president won’t be going at it alone. Also announced were the winners of various senate positions and a new treasurer.

“I’m just really happy that people voted for me, and I’m excited to be back again,” said returning senator Whitney Whipple. “It’s really exciting to see the student body actually caring about the student government and supporting everybody around us.”

Senate positons are the stepping stones for many leaders at UWF; this is especially true for some first-time senators.

“I feel like I made my family proud and that I’m going to make a difference,” said freshman psychology major Zenani Johnson, a newly-elected senator. “One of my friends was homeless last semester, and I knew that if I wanted to make a difference and help people like him, I would need to get a position and a platform to be the voice for him and people like him.”

Although this election cycle featured less opposition than in the past (three of the four positions were uncontested), Patel is actively looking for ways to remedy this by increasing engagement from the student body into SGA.

“One of the projects that Vice President Hernandez and I talked about was letting students come up with their own projects,” Patel said. “We need to have a better outreach to student organizations and getting more students involved in telling us what the issues are.”

 

SGA Full Election Results:

President

Kishane Patel

Vice President

Yasmin Hernandez

Treasurer

Stacie Simpson

 

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities Senators

Zenani Johnson

Brandon Malone

Mackenzie Simmons

Whitney Whipple

Alexzandra Woodworth

 

College of Business Senators

Hunter McCabe

Shiv Patel

Dylan Williams

 

College of Education and Professional Studies Senator

Joseph White

 

College of Health Senators

Adrian Acevedo

Alex Francois

Jake Isleborn

Rebekah Jalomo

Paolo Llanera

Kiana Pierre

 

Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering Senators

Bayla Bessemer

D’Mario Edgecombe