The votes are in for the Student Government Association (SGA) at Olivet College. Wednesday, March 2, saw more than a hundred students gathered together in Mott Auditorium to place their votes for new leaders.
“The SGA Executive Board has developed into a very hard working group over the last few years, focusing on service to the student body, internal procedures, the constitutions, fiscal transparency, and most importantly developing relationships” SGA advisor Craig Korpela said. Korpela also serves as an assistant professor of history and political science.
Sophomore Jarrell Brackett was voted president, junior Allyson Schultz vice president, sophomore Courtney Neering treasurer, senior Brandi Thomas secretary and Jeff Humphrey as student activities liaison.
“Because board members have developed effective working relationships as a team and with members of the student body, administrators, and the board of trustees, I believe they are in a great position to work as a team with new leadership on expanding services to the college community” Korpela said.
Students who attended the SGA elections were asked immediately after about the concerns they had, such as things that could be done on campus, group/organization proposals and new projects to be pondered.
“The SGA wants to understand the student body’s unmet needs, and to communicate these effectively to the administration. The SGA is more than people who carry a checkbook to give funds to certain student run organizations through a grand process. We are a face of the student body chosen to represent the ideals of Olivet College” Brackett said.
Newly elected SGA members commented on their new roles as faces and voices for the student body.
“My goal as vice president for next year is to be the right hand of the president in all of our projects in trying to improve the overall Olivet community for all of the students,” Schultz said. “I hope to be able to oversee all of our clubs and organizations. Moving into next year, the overall group dynamic will be very different with our change in presidency. Our new president is very passionate about what he does, and I believe he will work to the best of his ability to accomplish our goals and I, along with the rest of the board members, will fully stand behind him and work along with him.”