SGA Elections 2020-2021
Carson-Newman's Student Government Association is holding its annual Spring Elections online. Follow sga.cn on Instagram for updated information about your candidates. Click here to vote for your SGA 2020-2021 Candidates here. Voting will take place between Friday, March 27 – Monday, March 30 (noon)
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Platforms for President and Vice-President Candidates:
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Ticket: Caroline Baggett (President) and Scott Wilder (Vice President)
Caroline's Platform: To better address the needs of students and work towards lasting results. To better the infrastructure of SGA to better serve the campus in the future.
Scott's Platform: To address the immediate needs of students in an efficient and effective way, and also to better SGA’s infrastructure to help ensure a strong SGA serving students in the future.
Ticket: Tiffany Fritts (President) and Ben Blakely (Vice President)
Tiffany's Platform: I want to be the president of SGA because I am a positive representative of Carson-Newman University and I am a connection between the students on campus and the upper administration. I have done SGA since I was a freshmen here and it is something I am very passionate about. Sustainability and Handicap Accessibility (ADA Compliance) are the two main focal points of our platform. We are passionate about these two subjects and will continue to lead SGA in that direction. Also, we will look for new ways to reach out to the students and inform them on what we have done as a collective unit. Ben Blakley and I are well known on campus/are very involved, so we will have access to multiple sources for outreach and information.
Ben's Platform: As Vice-President of Student Government, I hope to pursue goals in handicapped accessibility, sustainability, and overall student body accessibility to SGA.
My work as a Resident Assistant has allowed me to be exposed to the hardships of students with disability and what they face on campus: students should not be forced to seek off-campus housing because their conditions cannot be accommodated by our residence halls. Furthermore, our campus structure is not conducive to wheelchairs. Our crosswalks do not have ramps, so our handicapped students are forced to take meandering paths to class. This is not fair, and I strive as Vice-President to continue the efforts started this year.
Sustainability has become a hot button issue as more students realize that recycling has died on campus as a result of means beyond our control. It is especially important to me; my honors project pertains to the topic of sustainability and (specifically) the dangers of plastics. As such, I believe that I can be a source of informed decision pertaining to campus sustainability.
Last, my unique position as a student leader allows me to reach out to a large portion of campus, and my alliance with campaign partner Tiffany Fritts furthers this claim. As a member of the Honors Program, Residence Life, several honors societies, as well as a STEM major, I have access to groups of students who otherwise seem inaccessible to other students on campus due to their demanding course load and lack of motivation to engage with SGA. I can help build connections with these students.
Platforms for Cabinet Candidates:
vote for one candidate per position
Chief Justice Candidates: The Chief Justice oversees the judicial operations of the Student Government Association and serves as an interpreter in matters of procedure, precedent and charter or code questions.
Austin Durham: I have expressed interest in pursuing the Chief Justice position because I believe having a proper Constitution will benefit SGA. After all, without a Chief Justice there is nothing preventing a member of SGA from abusing the powers invested to them by the Constitution. It is important that we have a Chief justice that oversees the Constitution, so our SGA members do not take advantage of it by exercising powers that harm the student body. I believe I am the ideal candidate for this position because I am capable of holding our members accountable. Holding our members accountable will assist in promoting the nurturement of our university further leading to its development. It is of utmost importance that we cater to the needs and desires of the student body. I aim to promote an environment within cabinet that serves the student body. Overall, it is our duty as SGA to lead by example through serving the student body.
I believe this because such a significant part of serving the student body involves making campus life tolerable. This means that this position should aim to cater to the needs of the student body as a whole rather than a select few. I believe I am the ideal candidate because instead of catering to the students that live on campus, I will reach out to our fellow international, commuter, and graduate students. It is important that this positions creates a positive impact for all students and I believe I am fully capable of this feat.
Hannah Galloway: I believe that Chief Justice fits me perfectly because I love following rules and editing things. I am currently editing an article for Dr. Smith in my Editing and Publishing class so I have experience in this area. I am also an English major. I love reading and editing so this position would be very fun for me! I wish to be a Cabinet Member for SGA in order to represent my fellow students as well as listen to their needs. Being a Cabinet Member would mean following and editing the rules as well as making changes to the school to benefit all students.
Scott Wilder: I want to run for Chief Justice because I believe that every student deserves a leader that will fight for them, and serve in their best interests. I consider myself a very good listener; therefore, I feel like i am qualified to listen to student concerns and also act upon those concerns by amending our constitution.
Secretary of Finance Candidates: The Secretary of Finance oversees and constructs the General Budget of the Association and all monetary transactions relating to it.
Brandon Meier: As the Student Government Association you aspire to ensure adequate and equitable allocation of funds to this Universities' campus organizations, projects, and services. As a rising Junior studying Business Finance and a second year SGA member who has previously served under the Finance Committee I have the assets and knowledge to best serve as the Secretary of Finance. Because of my background and prior experience in such issues I can be of great service to SGA and Carson-Newman as a whole as the Secretary of Finance. My desire to serve as Secretary of Finance is a mutually beneficial aspiration as it allows SGA to acquire a driven leader who understands the ins and outs of the position and as it allows myself to attain a position to better serve the Carson-Newman Community.
Kalley Stevens: Continuing my service as Secretary of Finance, I would like to continue to promote transparency and ethically in funding matters as well as strive to make grant petitions more streamline for all student organizations. As secretary of finance, being a member of the executive committee is necessary for the productivity of the Association. It is in the Association's best interest to have the secretary of finance available to report on financial matters outside of Senate meetings and to include this perspective on matters pertaining specifically to Cabinet.
Secretary of Campus Life Candidates: The Secretary of Campus Life is the primary voice for campus organizations and ensures full representation for all chartered organizations through the C-N Parliament as well as overseeing and organizing C-N monthly Parliament meetings.
Joseph Chandler: I am running for the Secretary of Campus Life because I want to be more involved with SGA. By being the Secretary of Campus Life, I can use Parliament as a tool to bring together the leaders of the student-led organizations of Carson-Newman to accomplish our goals. I would like to be a Cabinet Member because I wish to be more involved with SGA. I believe I can strengthen the community of Carson-Newman by working with others. I can best do this through the position of Secretary of Campus Life.
Austin Durham: I want to be a cabinet member in SGA because I care about how people feel about our campus. As a student, I want to express through my position at SGA that I want people to relay their problems to me. I also want to solve all the problems that our student body communicates to us because they matter. Whether they are incoming Freshmen, rising Sophomores, Juniors, or departing Seniors I really do want to hear their opinions about Carson-Newman University. I want to be the impact that compels them to enjoy Carson-Newman and cry tears of joy when they graduate. Overall, I want all students of Carson-Newman University to be proud that they became an eagle and to let them fly.
Brandon Meier: As the Student Government Association you aspire to undertake projects and services that work to elevate the standing of Carson-Newman as a whole. As a 2nd year member of the Student Government Association I have the insight and drive to help SGA achieve its goals and as a rising third year student at Carson-Newman I have a stake in the race. I desire what SGA desires. To continually improve the life of the students enrolled here because if the life of Carson-Newman Student's improves as does mine.
Ansley Parker: I would love to be the Secretary of Campus Life next year to help better equip the other organizations on campus. This year I have been very involved in a variety of organizations across campus which will give me a great background for best fulfilling this position. I have been able to experience first-hand all of the great opportunities that student organizations and clubs provide for our students, which has allowed me to see that these groups should be supported in their efforts. I understanding the purpose of many of these groups, along with possessing a passion to encourage student life on campus, which would make Secretary of Campus Life a great position for me! I also have specific ideas on better serving our organizations such as a physical school wide calendar.
Secretary of Projects and Services Candidates: The Secretary of Projects and Services will serve to oversee any projects or initiatives set out by the President and approved by the Senate.
Caroline Baggett: I held this position in the 2019/2020 school year. I learned about the job roles and executed several important projects. I would like to expand on this and do even more to benefit the student body this upcoming school year.
Ansley Parker: I would like to be the Secretary of Projects and Services. I love serving our campus in a variety of ways, and I believe that providing physical improvements to the campus is such a lasting way of our serving our campus. I have the organization that would be required to conduct meetings and meet deadlines in order to follow through on projects at the collegiate level. I feel honored to currently be serving SGA as a Delegate-At-Large. I have enjoyed the decision making and smaller projects that come with this role, but I am ready to become involved with SGA on a deeper level. A Cabinet Position would provide a great way to encourage more change on campus.
Secretary of Public Relations Candidate: The Secretary of Public Relations markets SGA to the student body.
Alexandria Branstetter: I am interested in the position of Secretary of Public Relations because I feel as though I am well suited for the position. I also believe that this position will allow me to grow in my skills within the corresponding position. I am currently Recruitment and Branding Chair for Eagle Production Company; therefore, I have experience in creating advertisements, appropriate marketing, and internal advertising. I also have experience in recruiting individuals to become a part of organizations. Through this position, I believe that my strengths in marketing and communications can grow, and I will also be an asset to the Student Government Association through previous experience and knowledge.
Platforms for Senate Candidates:
Senator-At-Large (vote for 4)
Austin Durham: I am running for the Delegate-At-Large because it will allow me to take initiative. I want to create changes that align with the interests of each class. I realize that there is going to be conflicting interests, but I believe I am the best prepared for them. There may be times where we will have to compromise to get things done. I want to be a member of SGA because I care about the student body. I want to take initiative and promote changes that encourages others to lead. It is important that this is done because it will allow each and everyone of us to grow as an individual. Before I graduate from Carson-Newman University, I want to create an impact that will lead to positive growth. I want people to be proud that they are Carson-Newman University students.
Emaleigh Evaline: I have chosen to apply for the Delegate-At-Large because I wish to represent the student body with the values of Carson-Newman University as a servant leader. I truly care about each of my classmates and wish to create the best possible campus experience for them. I have had the privilege of connecting with students of all ages and backgrounds this year. I would make an excellent Delegate-At-Large because I associate with a variety of classes and groups. I am very involved on campus (ex. Faith and Justice Scholars and Intramurals) and am involved in both upper and lower level classes. I wish to be more deeply involved in serving my peers. I desire to use my position as Delegate at Large to promote justice and a better sense of community at Carson-Newman. I aspire to serve my fellow students and further develop myself as a leader to help grow Carson-Newman to its full potential. I believe the main purpose of SGA is to represent the student body in a way that creates a better campus life. I want to use my abilities to lead my peers and assist in making Carson-Newman the best it can be. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year living on campus and want to be more deeply involved in administering student activities and events. As an SGA member, I wish to use my voice to advocate for constant improvement so that Carson-Newman can grow to reach its full potential. I desire to be a part of something bigger than myself, to make a difference in my community. I want to use my personal passions of leadership and service to influence others and serve the student body. Becoming a member of SGA will assist me in obtaining my future goals. I aspire to further develop my leadership/advocacy skills to grow as an individual, and to become a better nurse post-graduation. SGA will provide great experience in defending the rights of others and serving my peers, all which will shape me into an exceptional nurse in my career.
Hannah Galloway: I would also love to represent all students as a whole. This position would allow me to listen to their needs and make the school a better place. It would also allow me to get more involved on campus. SGA would allow me to be involved in not only bettering student needs, but learning more about our government and our school.
Trey Hall: I am running for Delegate-At-Large because I see it as a good way to provide a voice for all students on campus. I would be able to represent all students on campus, and allow every students voice to be heard. I want to be a member of SGA mainly to make sure all students are being represented in an accurate way. Many students have an opinion but do not share it, and I want to make sure everyone is happy with the way things are on campus. SGA will also help me take my leadership skills to the next level. This organization will help me be a leader on campus, and evolve this skill to where I can be a leader in my larger community.
Ansley Parker: I currently hold this position and feel that I have fulfilled this role to the best of my ability and that I could continue my duties next year. I would like give a voice to the students of Carson-Newman. Many students have great ideas that I would like to help get started.
Noah Woolridge: I am applying to be a Delegate-At-Large because I would love to be a representative of our wonderful class. Through many different campus activities, I have come to not only know many people in our class but to actually understand people and who they are. I feel that knowing people and understanding them is very important and would be extremely beneficial because people would feel comfortable telling me all about the things they would like to see SGA do.
Commuter Delegate (Vote for 1)
Rita Castanon: I would like to be considered for the commuter delegate because I am interested in improving our commuter lounge and expressing other concerns that other commuters might have. An example for this would be to improve the commodities that are given to commuter students in the commuter lounge such as providing re-usable cups, dishes, and silverware, and dish soap. I would like for the commuter lounge to be publicized more because I am finding that a lot of commuter students are not aware of its existence. I would like to be part of a group whose goal is to improve the overall college experience at Carson Newman. I believe that there is a lot to be done but the change happens quickly when you have a whole team instead of an individual. I would also love for students to become more involved and heard with the institution. Often times students pay thousands of dollars and don't know the benefits that they can have or where all the money is going to. In order for our school to grow we must also start to have conversations of inclusion on campus of all types of students disregarding race, ethnicity, age, and disability.
Stephen "Cole" Horner: I intend to run for the commuter delegate in order to adequately represent the will and needs of the student population, perpetuating those individual needs in order to facilitate those into efficient policies and directives created through coordinating with the school administration. Whereas the population of commuters constitutes an increasing majority of the enrolled students at Carson-Newman, it is fundamental that this population be sufficiently represented before both the school administration and student operated organization. It is the Commuter Delegate's responsibility to attend to commuters' requests, communicate effectively with his or her constituents, and demonstrate aptitude in a variety of subjects related specifically to commuter needs. I wish to attain to all of these goals and to fulfill these responsibilities to positively contribute to the commuter population and enact both short term and long term changes. I wish to continue my membership in SGA in order to continue to continue to become a more informed member of the student population, and thus an eligible representative of the diverse group of students that constitute this academic institution. The development of short and long term goals to address the needs of students is essential to developing a perpetual and consistent source of action, and to foster a relationship between students, SGA, and the school administration. I wish to contribute to this endearing process that will benefit the university in the immediate present and in the future.
Senior Class Delegate (vote for 2)
Scott Wilder: I really would love to continue a part of student life here at Carson-Newman. I really want to listen to the students on campus, and use my voice to make Carson-Newman a better place for everyone. I have always wanted to be apart of SGA. I think that student-lead leadership is essential to prioritizing student needs on campus. I would love to contribute to that leadership.
Junior Class Delegate (vote for 2)
Rita Castanon: I would like to run for Junior delegate position to advocate for any common issues among the student representatives. I would like to partake in the planning to better our college experience, as well as, improve the campus which we have classes and walk everyday. I would like to be part of a group whose goal is to improve the overall college experience at Carson Newman. I believe that there is a lot to be done but the change happens quickly when you have a whole team instead of an individual. I would also love for students to become more involved and heard with the institution. Often times students pay thousands of dollars and don't know the benefits that they can have or where all the money is going to. In order for our school to grow we must also start to have conversations of inclusion on campus of all types of students disregarding race, ethnicity, age, and disability.
Hannah Galloway: I would love to represent the juniors at my school. This position would allow me to listen to their needs and make the school a better place. It would also allow me to get more involved on campus. SGA would allow me to be involved in not only bettering student needs, but learning more about our government and our school.
Noah Woolridge: I am applying to be a Junior Delegate because I would love to be a representative of our wonderful class. Through many different campus activities, I have come to not only know many people in our class but to actually understand people and who they are. I feel that knowing people and understanding them is very important and would be extremely beneficial because people would feel comfortable telling me all about the things they would like to see SGA do. If chosen to be a member of SGA, my main goal would be to make our student body feel that they have a voice. Not only do I want them to know that they have a voice, but I want them to understand that their voice and opinions matter - it is not just going in one ear and out the other.
Sophomore Class Delegate (vote for 2)
Turner Bell: For many students here at Carson-Newman, being a Sophomore is often referred to as the most stressful, and difficult year. It is a condition many have called “Sophomore Slump.” To have a representative here at Carson-Newman that voices their concerns, and who recognizes the effects of being a Sophomore (getting used to the motions, not wanting to do the work) may help those are suffering from “Sophomore Slump”. Students here are an active body, and their opinions are worth as much respect as the opinions of any professor or faculty member on campus. In our modern era, it is of high importance that we take care of the mental well being of the student. It is thus also important for the student to have his or her voice heard in a way that is not only beneficial to the person, but potentially beneficial for the student body. I believe that SGA has the power to channel those concerns and create a great experience for everyone.
Joseph Chandler: I am running for the Sophomore Class Delegate position because I believe I can be most effective here. I believe I can make a difference through SGA. By hearing the concerns of the students and acting on their behalf, I can work with others to make Carson-Newman a better place.
Emma Denton: I want to be a Sophomore Delegate because I want to allow the needs and wants of my class to be heard. It is important for a representative to know all members of their class, and I think I do just that with my diverse groups of friends. I want to be a member of SGA because I want to make Carson-Newman a welcoming and great experience for all, and I believe that this starts with SGA. SGA is crucial in improving student life on campus, and I want to be part of that.
Emaleigh Evaline: I have chosen to apply for a Sophomore Delegate because I wish to represent my class with the values of Carson-Newman University as a servant-leader. I truly care about my classmates and wish to create the best possible campus experience for them. I have a passion for serving others and working to provide justice for those experiencing injustice. As a Sophomore Delegate, I will be a trustworthy leader who is very involved with the sophomore class. I will listen well to the voice’s of my peers and contribute my best efforts to defend their rights. I wish to use my voice as an SGA member to advocate for the sophomore class and serve the student body. I have a huge heart for service, and I wish to use this to serve the sophomore class and create an overall better campus experience for the student body. I believe the main purpose of SGA is to represent the student body in a way that creates a better campus life. I want to use my abilities to lead my peers and assist in making Carson-Newman the best it can be. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year living on campus and want to be more deeply involved in administering student activities and events. As an SGA member, I wish to use my voice to advocate for constant improvement so that Carson-Newman can grow to reach its full potential. I desire to be a part of something bigger than myself, to make a difference in my community. I want to use my personal passions of leadership and service to influence others and serve the student body. Becoming a member of SGA will assist me in obtaining my future goals. I aspire to further develop my leadership/advocacy skills to grow as an individual, and to become a better nurse post-graduation. SGA will provide great experience in defending the rights of others and serving my peers, all which will shape me into an exceptional nurse in my career.
Trey Hall: I am running for sophomore delegate because I see this as a good opportunity to improve our school in many areas. Carson-Newman is a great school with many great people that go here, and I want to help make sure my class is well represented when it comes to our student government. Representing my class, I would want to make sure all voices are represented accurately and everyone's ideas are listened to. With this position I would want to represent my class in a positive and accurate way. I want to be a member of SGA mainly to make sure all students are being represented in an accurate way. Many students have an opinion but do not share it, and I want to make sure everyone is happy with the way things are on campus. SGA will also help me take my leadership skills to the next level. This organization will help me be a leader on campus, and evolve this skill to where I can be a leader in my larger community.