Editorial - The Golden Ticket best choice for SGA
Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 01:04
The West Virginia University Student Government Association plays a vital role in the University community, acting as a liaison between students and University officials, and it connects students with local and state government.
Those who want to be elected to SGA and join a great WVU tradition should have strong and honorable traits.
Candidates from both The Golden Ticket and the United Party gave it their all Monday night during the debate held in the Mountainlair. But it was clear which is ready for the task of leading the WVU student body in the 2012-13 school year.
After Monday night’s SGA debate, The Daily Athenaeum will be endorsing governor candidates from both The Golden Ticket and The United Party.
Current SGA Vice President Rashad Bates and Communications Director Devin Sears, both leading The Golden Ticket as the candidates for president and vice president, showed Monday night that they would be the best leaders of next year’s student government.
Bates and Sears were both well-composed and offered relevant answers to questions asked by West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and The Daily Athenaeum’s Lydia Nuzum, who hosted the debate.
It was obvious that Bates has gained the necessary skills from his experience as an SGA governor and vice president. He was calm and collected, and he answered questions with promise.
Sears did a great job sending the message to voters that she was ready to support her ticket, which is aimed at creating "the most positive college experience, from athletics to academics."
Although the United Party, led by Gov. Zach Redding and Athletic Councilman Jarred Zuccari, focused on worthwhile causes, such as social justice, student behavior and health, some of their answers fell short.
During the presidential debate, Redding and Zuccari set the bar low with poor introductions and failed to improve by the debate’s end.
In the end, The Golden Ticket offered feasible solutions to student issues and promoted the best reflection of the WVU student body.
Board of Governors:
Dillan Knox – The United Party
Knox is a sophomore finance student who looks to publish all SGA accounting and financial records for students.
Ryan Campione – The Golden Ticket
Campione is a junior industrial engineering student and is seeking re-election for the BOG where he can create a centralized information help service for the WVU community.
Joe Reidy – The United Party
Reidy is a sophomore political science student who looks to improve class scheduling.
Summer Ratcliff – The Golden Ticket
Ratcliff is a sophomore dual law and legal studies and political science student who hopes to improve parking and transportation. She also wants to extend late-night Mountain Line bus routes.
Christopher Nyden – The Golden Ticket
Nyden is a sophomore economics student whose platform is aimed toward increased college affordability. He wants the University to offer projected prices for textbooks when students schedule classes.
Matthew "Dell" Dellinger – The Golden Ticket
Dellinger is a dual political science and history student who hopes to inform students of their options regarding student legal services.
John Williams – The Golden Ticket
Williams is a sophomore political science student who wants to improve the athletic event ticketing system by offering students more options of obtaining a ticket to events.
WVU students should take elections seriously and vote for the candidates who best reflect the student body’s interests and those who will work diligently to improve the college experience for students.
Good luck to all candidates, and may the best win.