With the votes reaching 1,763 in favor, and the announcement made last Wednesday, Paige Oxendine and Drew Adkins are the new 2012-2013 student body president and vice president, and plan on upholding their campaign of “Including you to improve MSU”.
Oxendine, a senior public relations major, said the campaign was a great learning experience despite its craziness, but now she is happy to accept her role as student body president.
“I was really impressed with the way the current president and vice president, Scott (Turk) and Emily (Bernet), ran senate and worked with their cabinet members,” Oxendine said. “It was something I was interested in and decided that it was something I wanted to do.”
Adkins, a junior criminology major, is the new vice president and said he is not only excited to be serving, but is confident in their future plans.
“I decided to run with Paige because I could tell that we were on the same page,” Adkins said, quickly apologizing for the pun. “What we wanted to do is to improve Missouri State as best as we could as student leaders, to include everybody, and that means our door is always open.”
Myrhon Gayyed, a freshman nursing major, said she hopes to see good proposals and additions to MSU because of Oxendine and Adkins.
“I didn’t know a lot about them at first, but they seemed really prepared and determined,” Gayyed said. “I can see them doing a lot of things students will like and support.”
Oxendine and Adkins both served with Student Government Association before running, and say their experience in both executive and legislature will complement their positions well. Their next step, which began last Thursday, was to release the cabinet applications, which are available to all students.
“We decided that is the most essential decision that we will be making right off the bat,” Oxendine said. “We want a really effective core team that can work on our ideas throughout the year.”
Then, throughout the summer, the two will be doing a lot of research, reading through archives and getting a feel for different proposals. Right now, Oxendine and Adkins plan to follow through with their ideas and platforms for next year.
“One of the biggest ideas is to hopefully make the library open for 24 hours a day during finals week,” Adkins said. “We are really excited and hoping to get that done, talking to the right administrators and letting them know this is a student need, not a want.”
The other idea is to have a laptop rental program through the bookstore in which students who cannot spend the money on a computer, or do not want to, have another option.
If students have other ideas, suggestions, or opinions, Oxendine and Adkins encourage them to come by their office or send them an email.
“We want to embrace as much student opinion and feedback as possible,” Oxendine said. “We can sit down and come up with a list of things we think are cool, but ultimately it’s the student body and what they want.”
The elections also contained two Wyrick proposals and a referendum. The pinsetter Wyrick proposal that called for new pinsetters to be placed in the bowling lanes in Level One Game Center failed with 980 in favor and 1,235 against it. The other proposal passed with 1,354 votes in favor and 936 against, which supported the installment of smartboards in the new recreational center.
The referendum also passed with 1,392 votes in favor of raising the Taylor Health and Wellness Center’s fee by a $2 per semester increase and 1,012 votes against. This increase will help to cover 5,000 free flu shots to students. Students can expect to see the passed proposals next semester.
In addition, Nikki Flamm, accounting major, was elected senior class president with 659 votes, winning over Miles Figg, management major, with 419 votes.
Oxendine and Adkins would like to give a special thanks to their campaign manager Kayse Melone for putting so much hard work into the campaign. In order to reach Oxendine or Adkins, students can visit the SGA office in the lower level of the PSU, or send an email to Oxendine100@live.missouristate.edu or Adkins1@live.missouristate.edu.