Reporter Zachary Hendershott
The Student Senate of the Craig campus is holding elections on April 14 and 15 for several open positions.
Two students are running against each other for the office of president: Rebecca Meek, sophomore, business major, and current vice-president of the Student Senate; and Adam Mercier, sophomore and current secretary of the Student Senate, for president.
Sean Smith, sophomore, is running for vice-president unopposed.
Both Meek and Mercier have been very proactive in their campaigns.
Meek has been passing out cards reminding students to come and vote, and Mercier has even gone so far as to do some light campaigning through Facebook.
“If elected, I would like to become very connected with the students from every part of our school,” says Meek. “I feel my experience from this year will help me to be a leader who can accomplish tasks well and in a timely manner.”
Mercier says, “If I am elected, I hope to allow students more opportunities to experience culture outside of Craig, such as more concerts, maybe even a reggae band.”
Meek plans to hold various fundraisers, community service projects, and other events throughout her term as president, if elected.
Both are excited about the elections and anticipate a positive outcome.
Smith was unavailable for comment. Being the only one running for his position, he will be appointed to the office by default.
Since there are no candidates for the position of secretary-treasurer, whichever presidential candidate does not win the election will be appointed to that office.
This will be the first official election for ASCNCC-C Senate president since fall 2008, as I, the current president, was appointed to the position rather than elected.
I will be stepping down from the position after this spring upon my expected graduation.
Mary Karen Solomon, instructor and Student Senate adviser, pinpointed the reason she feels these elections are important to CNCC-Craig students.
“I think that CNCC in general will come out ahead, because student involvement benefits the students by giving them a voice, and benefits the college from the students’ involvement,” says Solomon. “I think as CNCC both grows and faces hard financial times, student involvement will be the key to success.”
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