By Joyce Flores
Student government elections are right around the corner.
Today is the deadline for turning in nomination packets.
Packets can be picked up and turned in to the office of student life, Room 152 of Loftin Student Center, or Student Government Association adviser Suzanne Martinez, Room 214 of Chance Academic Center.
Positions available are: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and four commissioners-at-large.
Candidates must be enrolled in at least six credit hours and have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.5.
Packets include an application, criteria for the positions, questionnaires and guidelines for campaign material.
The packet also includes grievance procedures in case a candidate wants to challenge the fairness of the elections.
The officers elected will serve from January to November 2008.
Martinez said elections will be Nov. 26 and continue until Nov. 28 but could be postponed until the following week if there are not enough candidates to allow more people to apply.
“We would like to have competitive races,“ Martinez said.
As of Thursday morning, Martinez said she had received four applications; the office of student life had received one.
Martinez said students may have had trouble finding the office of student life with all of the construction occurring in Loftin.
As an alternative, Martinez will have candidate packets on her office door, where they also can be turned in.
She added that the elections may be delayed a week to allow for forums so that students have an opportunity to speak with candidates.
Martinez said students may not have heard about Student Government Association elections because they have had a hard time spreading the word.
“We can’t put up huge banners,” Martinez said. But she has been telling her government classes and has had some interested students.
Voting will be conducted through PALS.
A computer station will be set up in Loftin for students to vote, but students can vote anywhere that Internet access is available.