Freshmen begin race for student government

Washburn Review

Washburn University freshmen are gearing up to run for positions in the fall 2009 Washburn Student Government Association elections.

Students must complete and turn in petitions by Aug. 26 in order to participate in elections for senate positions. At least 50 signatures are needed for each petition, unless a freshman is being sponsored by a Washburn club or organization.

To register in the elections, students must meet WSGA requirements, including enrollment in a minimum of three undergraduate credit hours at Washburn University. Students must maintain this minimum number of credit hours for the 2009-2010 academic school year. Freshmen must also maintain a cumulative and semester GPA of 2.0 or higher.

WSGA endeavors to serve as the mouthpiece for every student on campus. The Legislative Branch of WSGA is the Student Senate. Every senate position is a vital part of the Washburn governing body. Any freshmen interested are encouraged to attend informative meetings on Aug. 24 and 25 at 5 p.m.

These meetings will provide information on campaigning options such as posters and flyers. Additional topics will include WSGA requirements as well as what those running for election can and can’t do during this time.

WSGA provides spectacular opportunities for freshmen to dive head first into the Washburn society.

“During my time on WSGA, I have made awesome memories and met some of my best friends. I also have developed leadership skills that I will carry with me for the rest of my life,” said junior Lucas Mullen.

Voting is strictly online and only freshmen are allowed to participate. Elections for all positions will be conducted Sept. 2 to 3. Winners will be notified after 5 p.m. on the last day of elections.

Students interested in running for senate seats can find additional information online or by calling 785-670-1169.