This year, Mercer’s Student Government Association will be led by President Olivia Buckner and Vice President Oge Onuh. The duo won with 63.6 percent (636) votes in the run-off against opponents Michael Smith and Catie Byrd.
Over the summer, Buckner attended the Presidential Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. alongside outgoing president Elizabeth McKay.
“They learned about policies affecting college campuses, sexual assault prevention, diversity and inclusivity, mental health, and first amendment rights alongside over 100 other leaders,” according to a post on the SGA’s Facebook page. “Olivia is excited to implement and begin work on these topics during this summer and into the fall!”
In addition, the previous year’s Campus Safety and Improvements Committee added new deck chairs to the Plunkett Pool.
According to the Presidential Report for the upcoming fall semester, much of SGA’s efforts will be focused on Bear Fair and attracting freshman candidates for elections. Preparations for the annual Pilgrimage to Penfield are also underway.
Furthermore, the Bear Grant Senate is projected to take place on either Sept. 25 or Oct. 2. Representatives from new and old student organizations will apply for funding for events and other expenses.
“Approximately 60 percent of our total budget is designated for Bear Grants as SGA is here for the students,” read the Presidential Report. “Student organizations comprise a substantial portion of student life here on campus.”
Sign up and Qualifications for Freshman Senator elections will occur August 31. SGA will have a table set up the Connell Student Center from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voting for these positions will occur on Sept. 5 – 6. To vote, visit the MercerVotes site during the election.