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SGA Election Coverage: VP candidate background not confirmed

By Jason B. Hogan and Jacob Beltran

Updated May 2, 6:00 p.m.

Editor’s note:  Since the original story was posted, several readers have called and emailed the newsroom asking about the Student Government Association election results. Schnoor and his running mate, Andres Holliday, lost the SGA election. Following this article, student reporters confirmed that Schnoor is a dual enrolled student at San Antonio College and Texas A&M University-San Antonio. After complaining about false allegations implied by the article below,  Schnoor has accepted phone calls from Mesquite reporters and was invited to the newsroom. A formal in-depth interview has not taken place as of May 2. Read his response to SGA elections.

Original Story:

A student who shares the same name as an individual who was removed from San Antonio College’s student activity fee committee in January has announced his candidacy to run for vice president of this university’s Student Government Association.

The Ranger, San Antonio College’s newspaper, reported in February that Jeff Schnoor lied about his military background and failed to mention nine arrests for theft and assault.

A front page story in The Ranger’s November 2012 edition reported Schnoor, who was serving as a member of the Student Activity Fee Committee, denied arrest records claiming mistaken identity.

Mark Bigelow, San Antonio College student life coordinator, said that Schnoor hasn’t been seen on the campus since February.

A Jeffery A. Schnoor is listed as a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts & Science (BAAS) major in A&M-San Antonio’s university directory but it has not been confirmed whether he is the same individual who attended San Antonio College.

Attempts to reach Schnoor were unsuccessful.

Candidates were required to submit institutional background checks on Friday. SGA adviser Jolene Des Roches said earlier today results have not been returned to her office. The background checks will show the student’s GPA and any breach in student conduct.

“Typically if something comes up we’ll pull them out of the running,” DesRoches said.

Jennifer Faubion, SGA secretary and elections commissioner, said Monday she had no knowledge of Schnoor’s background.

SGA’s constitution indicates that anyone not meeting the qualifications for an office may not run or apply for that position. Students must be registered and in good standing as defined by the university.

A reporter requested Schnoor’s application file but Des Roches said Tuesday the election committee has yet to turn over candidate applications. She said she has not reviewed the application file.

SGA announced on Friday the candidacy of two presidential and vice-presidential candidates Friday night at Main Campus for the fall term.

Current president Melissa Quintanilla and vice president Priscilla Lopez are running on a ticket. Opposed are Andres Holliday for president and Jeff Schnoor for vice president.

Digital voting takes place through Thursday via Community, the university link for student organizations.

Faubion said an election table is available 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday at Main Campus on the second floor, and 4-10 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Brooks City Base Campus.

A candidate debate is scheduled for 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Presidential Rose Garden at Main Campus Building.

Faubion said candidates will answer questions she pre-selected and will also take questions from the audience.

SGA’s constitution defines the association as the official advisory body of the students to the university administration, faculty, and staff and serves as “a voice to the Board of Regents, and the Texas Legislature in all matters affecting the student body.”

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About the Author

Jacob Beltran
Jacob Beltran
Jacob Beltran is the Public Editor of The Mesquite, appointed by Texas A&M-San Antonio’s Student Media Board. Jacob is a communication-journalism major and attended San Antonio College where he served as Web Editor on The Ranger, San Antonio College’s award-winning newspaper. He is a 2008 St. Anthony’s Catholic High School graduate and is pursuing a career as a photographer and investigative journalist/magazine writer. Jacob is a part-time editorial assistant at the San Antonio Express-News.

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