Students at UA Little Rock will have the chance to vote for their 2018-19 SGA representatives on April 9 and 10 in the Donaghey Student Center.
Voters will have a broader field of candidates to choose from this year. While current President Brian Gregory and Vice President Faith Thomas ran unopposed in 2017, this year’s ballot has three executive teams to choose from. Students will also be voting to amend the SGA’s constitution and by-laws.
Here are the candidates that will be on the ballot.
President and Vice President
Mariam Bouzihay is the SGA’s current Chief-of-Staff and Public Relations Liaison, and her running mate Prince Beasley is a senator for the College of Education and Health Professions. They highlight interaction with eStem, diversity, rising tuition–especially in the context of efforts to bring a football team to UA Little Rock–and housing for international students as some of the major issues that they want to address as SGA executives.
Makell Swinney, a long-time member of the Appeals Court, and Paige Topping, senator for the College of Social Sciences and Communication, hope to push back against what they feel is a lack of investment in the students by the University. They also highlighted eStem and the consequences of the Football Feasibility Study in their concerns, in addition to increasing pedestrian safety at crosswalks near campus.
Mat Wheeler was an associate justice on the Appeals Court for two years, while Caddo Lowery is a newcomer to student government. They want to make both campus life and student experience more inclusive and more engaging, as a way of addressing UA Little Rock’s declining enrollment.
Khalil Griffith says that he is seeking a seat in the senate for the College of Business so that he can play an active role in the changes that are made on campus. If Griffith is elected, it will be his first year of service on the SGA.
Nathan Nelms, an incumbent for the College of Social Sciences and Communications, told the Forum, “I am running because I know there are still some issues that need to [be] addressed. I want to continue to be a voice for the students.”
Several candidates were unavailable for comment when this story was published, and are listed below.
- Asiah Bradley, College of Social Sciences and Communication
- Larry Dicus, College of Engineering and Information Technology
- Makayla Ealy, College of Social Sciences and Communication
- Joshua Johnson, College of Business
- Kristen Miller, College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences
- Jonathan Nwosu, College of Social Sciences and Communication
- Faruk Yalcin, College of Social Sciences and Communication