Junior Kelsie Johnson was named Student Government Association president Wednesday by a difference of 418 votes, but treasurer candidates junior Greg Hamre and sophomore Marlon Figueroa are heading into a runoff election Thursday.
Sophomore Matt Dietrichson was elected vice president with 1,760 votes against junior Matt Williams, who got 870 votes. Sophomore Kennedy Stewart, who ran unopposed, was elected Programming Council chair.
After 50 years on campus, Sherley Hall is undergoing a $16 million renovation project and will reopen as a coed dorm in fall 2009 to allow more room for incoming male students, a Residential Services official said.
Craig Allen, director of Residential Services, said Sherley will be converted into a coed dorm because Milton Daniel Hall will be closed for renovation, and the university needs living space for incoming male students. After renovations of Milton Daniel are complete, the university will make a decision on whether Sherley will remain a coed dorm, Allen said.
Both candidates for president of the Student Government Association sat down with the Skiff to talk about their platform.
Kelly Barnes is a junior political science major who wants to improve student participation at sporting events, and Kelsie Johnson is a junior political science and advertising/public relations major who hopes to have all organizations come together for large tailgates during the 2009 football season.
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Fourteen-year-old junior Sam Hong met hairdresser Jack Garrison in 2005 when he visited Garrison's hair salon on Camp Bowie Boulevard.
Three years later, Hong is putting on a solo benefit concert for Garrison and his family after Garrison was recently diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma, a cancer that affects the lymphatic system, which has forced him to leave work.
"He is such a caring, sweet and kind man, and I know he needs help," Hong said. "I am able to volunteer my time for a good cause, so I'm looking forward to it."
As the director of Residential Services, Craig Allen has been busy this semester with the recent completion of the Campus Commons and the Brown-Lupton University Union, and there seems to be no end in sight.
Allen, who was hired as director of Residential Services in 2005, attended State University of New York at Oswego and majored in marketing with a minor in economics. He attended graduate school at the University of Arizona, where he earned a master's degree in higher education with a concentration in college student personnel.
The first-year Connections program, which became mandatory this fall, is receiving mixed reviews from students.
Carrie Zimmerman, director of the First Year Experience, said the Connections class changes were put in place because shorter orientation sessions this summer made it difficult to get necessary information to students. When students are given information throughout the year it is more helpful and retained, she said.
"The information is important for all first-year students, not just the ones who think they need it," said Zimmerman.
Dining Services is looking for a company that can supply organic food for Market Square next year, a dining services official said.
Legia Abato, Sodexo district marketing manager, said it is unknown if meal plan prices would increase if organic food was offered at Market Square because Dining Services is still in the planning and research stage. She said Dining Services is looking for organic suppliers in the area.
Clark Hall is the first dorm on campus to offer free access to washers and dryers in a host of new renovations made last semester.
If free laundry goes well in Clark this year, free laundry will be implemented campus-wide by next fall, said Craig Allen, director of Residential Services.
In April, the Residence Hall Association passed a resolution for free laundry in all residence halls.