Tuesday, April 5, 2005
Students vote McGuinness/Caver ticket to lead OUSC
By Dawn Pauli, contributing writer
Michael McGuinness, a junior political science major, and Kori Lynn Caver, a junior elementary education major, will lead the Oakland University Student Congress as president and vice president in the year ahead. Their term begins the first day of the spring 2005 semester and ends the last day of the winter 2006 semester.
Students also passed two proposals. Proposal A will change the amount of funding allocated to student organizations by the Student Allocation Funding Assessment Committee. Proposal B confirmed a new OUSC Constitution.
Altogether 1,275 students logged on to vote electronically over a three-day period for the presidential/vice presidential ticket, two ballot proposals and open legislator positions. McGuiness and Caver garnered 523 votes.
“It was a good turnout, an increase from last year,” said Krupa Ujila, elections committee chair. “I think more people voted because we had more opportunities for students to get information from the candidates. We’ve been publicizing more, and hopefully more students will be attracted to the Student Congress, not just to attend the general body meetings but actually get involved and make a difference.”
Pre-election events included a presidential debate, vice presidential debate, a meet and greet, and an open forum.
McGuinness now will select the Executive Board positions, including the director of financial affairs, director of legislative and multicultural affairs, student services director, SAFB chair, SPB chair and an administrative position.
“Both my running mate and I are grateful and elated for the chance to serve the student body for the upcoming year,” McGuinness said. “The first thing on my agenda is to bring together a hardworking team for the executive board. I will also start preparing the budget for the spring and summer semesters.”
McGuinness will present his appointments to the Monday, April 18, Student Congress meeting to be approved by the legislative body. The first meeting with the new presidential/vice presidential team is Monday, April 11, at in the Oakland Center Oakland Room.
Students who want to be considered for a position on the board should apply in the OUSC office, 62 Oakland Center, by Thursday, April 7, at
The open legislator positions that also were voted on by the student body will be filled by the following students:
For more information on the OUSC, visit the OU Student Congress Web site.