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Union vote, election results announced

Union vote, election results announced

April 10
00:17 2012

Nicole Balderas / Senior Staff Writer

The results from last week’s UNT Student Government Association elections were announced Monday, with Rudy Reynoso and Justin Wood being named as next year’s SGA president and vice president and students approving an increase to the University Union student fee.

The student referendum passed 1,220 to 1,033 in favor of the Union fee increase, which will add up to $115 to the current $51 Union fee starting in fall 2014. The increase will help fund construction of the new University Union, which is projected to cost about $120 million and will be completed by fall 2015.

Union Director Zane Reif said the next step would be the design phase, during which he hopes to garner student participation.

Photo by Tyler Cleveland / Visuals Editor - “We want to talk directly to students,” said Rudy Reynoso, newly elected president of the Student Government Association, answering questions from converged broadcast media senior Lar’ri Jefferson on ntTV alongside newly elected SGA Vice President Justin Wood in the Union on Monday. The duo won 60 percent of the vote, 2,025, compared to 1,351 for Morgan Ray and Adam Hasley.

“We’re going to regroup on Friday with the Master Plan Committee, and during the next two weeks we will be getting together with administration to move forward with the project,” Reif said.

Reynoso and Wood won with 60 percent of the votes against opponent Morgan Ray and running mate Adam Hasley. Only about 10 percent of the student body – 3,376 students – voted in the SGA presidential election.

“I guess as far as the campaign itself we tried to do a new strategy to reach out to students,” Reynoso said. “We had two magic shows: one was the Thursday of campaign week, and one was the Monday of voting week. It was a way to get our names out there and get others to participate in the campaign.”

Both will shadow current SGA president and vice president Blake Windham and Edwin Chavez until entering office June 1.

“One of our main goals is to educate students overall about what SGA is, how issues are addressed and student involvement at the ground level,” Reynoso said. “We want to see the entire student body represented and will do that by organizing events with other groups.”

Ray, the speaker of the SGA senate and peer mentor for freshmen SGA interns, said she will not be running in next year’s election and is not sure whether she will be participating in SGA.

While the numbers in the SGA presidential elections were down, 5,972 students voted in the Distinguished Lecture Series opinion poll, which tallied which public figures students would like to see speak on campus. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters” topped the poll with 15 percent of the votes, while Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS placed second with 12 percent.

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