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SGA pushes through with elections, continues to work for student body

SGA pushes through with elections, continues to work for student body - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

SGA officers serve on a panel for the State of the Student Body Address on Feb. 18, 2020 at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Due to precautions against COVID-19, SGA will be held elections online March 30 - April 2. Photo by Maegan Mendoza

Despite the transition to online classes for the spring semester, the Student Government Association at Texas A&M University-San Antonio will continue to hold elections and create social media programming for students. 

Student body President La-Tieka Sims said there will be no changes to the election schedule.

Presidential candidates will rely on social media to reach their constituents and promote their platform. They will be able to use personal accounts and the SGA social media accounts to campaign before elections. 

“Elections will still be happening, it’ll just be social media based,” Sims said in an interview March 17. “We’re really going to be pushing that.” 

General elections will be held March 30 – April 2. Details regarding contested positions will be available on SGA social media pages soon. 

SGA officers have been collaborating with campus organizations to keep students engaged with each other and to reassure students who are feeling anxious about the campus being closed. 

“Jaguars are considered one of the fiercest beasts in the wild,” Sims said. “Things are really wild right now, so we need to pull on that fierceness. I truly believe we can push through this. We are family, and the cool thing about family is that distance doesn’t take away from the fact that you are family.”

In collaboration with student involvement and several other campus organizations, SGA plans to continue promoting campus traditions by using social media to stay connected to students. 

For example, officers encourage students to continue participating in Madla Maroon Fridays, in which students wear school colors by posting their outfits on social media, Sims said. 

SGA meetings will continue with no established schedule. Future meetings will be conducted through WebEx on JagSync so students can participate. 

“I love this campus, I love the students here,” Sims said. “To know so many are hurting or upset, I feel that and so it’s challenging. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. However, I truly believe we’ll be better for it at the end of the day.” 


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Liandre De la Uso
Liandre De la Uso
Leo is a junior business administration major with a minor in communications. While writing for several student-led publications, he has won awards from the Texas Community College Journalism Association, Texas Intercollegiate Press Association and Columbia Press Association. Now writing at the Mesquite, Leo is interested in covering national and state issues and their effects on the Southside community of San Antonio. He plans to write for a large metropolitan paper after graduating.

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