Of the nine possible positions, five are contested and four are unopposed. Running for the positions of President and Vice-President, respectively, are Thomas Rusert '06 and Rachel Erickson '06, and as late-entry write-in candidates, Dan Marx '06 and Salah Mohamed '07. Alissa Sauer '06 and Khider Elnimeiry '07 are both running for Volunteer Network Coodinator; Jennifer Ho '06 and Irene Mineoi '07 are competing for the position of Diversity Celebrations Committee (DCC) Coordinator, Anuwat Sisaleumsak '08 and Maggie Snetting '06 for Student Organizations Committee (SOC) Coordinator and Ellen Krahn '06 and Chase Donaldson '07 for Political Awareness Committee (PAC) Coordinator.
Nicole Callies '06 is running uncontested for Student Alumni Association (SAA) Coordinator, Robin Karkowski-Schelar '06 for Board of Regents Student Committee (BORSC) Coordinator and Nicole Strenglis '07 for Student Activities Committee (SAC) coordinator. Melissa Kuisle '07 and Dave Mahnken '07 will take over as Pause Co-Coordinators.
At the candidate forum on Monday, the candidates had a chance to present their platforms to a large audience and to participate in a short question and answer period.
Marx and Mohamed opened the forum. They stated that if elected, they hoped to improve students relationship with Senate, to serve as a "channel for students" to SGA and also promised to focus on being more accessible to students.
A few specific proposals from Mohamed and Marx included a possible KSTO SGA show, a weekly article in the Manitou Messenger reporting on the activities of SGA and bi-monthly dinners open to all students where they could ask question on the current directives of SGA.
Rusert and Erickson focused their platform on improved campus safety, rolling over extra Cage dollars from semester to semester and continual investigation of a one-card system.
Rusert and Erickson also suggested a monthly article in the Manitou Messenger about Senate happenings, as well as increased communication with other MIAC colleges student governments. Timely work for senators, financial transparency and a commitment to staying within the prescribed budget are among other goals stated by Rusert and Erickson.
John Hensel '05, Election Coordinator for 2005, and Janine Wetzel 05, current VP of SGA, described some of the qualities that make an effective student government leader. Wetzel said that although helpful, "Experience in SGA is not necessary. The most important skills are effective time management, organization, and dedication."
Wetzel explained that SGA positions are jobs, and that students need to look at them like that. She described her time in SGA as a "time consuming effort, and stressed the importance of communication. "A good SGA leader must be able to communicate with other committees."