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Student Government Association embraces new candidates

Election season has approached at Ferris and students can soon voice their opinions on 

In a Facebook post this past week, the Student Government Association (SGA) announced that their annual elections would begin Wednesday, March 28. However, due to technological issues with Orgsync, students won’t have the opportunity to vote until 8 a.m., Friday, March 30.

“We have extended voting until April 15 at 11:59 p.m. Our release date for results is April 17 at the general assembly meeting and the inauguration is still set for April 24. The voting form is front and center on the Orgsync page,” Ferris senior and public relations representative for SGA Katie Nimtz said.

According Nimtz, there will be five candidates this election season but only one candidate is running for SGA President. This is the second year in a row where only one candidate has run for president. Last year’s candidate was accounting and business administration senior Patrick Maloney, who now serves as President.
Ferris accounting and finance student Bobby Gill is the aspiring president for next year, after serving as a senator for the College of Business.

“As president of student government, I plan to continue the legacy of recent predecessors and run the office with complete transparency to not only the students but also the administration and our community,” Gill said.

“In addition to that, I will also expand my predecessors’ ideas and give student government a stronger presence on-campus, so we can adequately represent the interest of our campus and community to the best of our abilities.”

Gill is also a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, the Interfraternity Council and the American Marketing Association, according to the SGA Facebook page.

“The mission of the Ferris State University Student Government Association is to represent Ferris State University student interests in all aspects of campus life and to maintain open channels of communication between students, faculty, staff, administration and the Big Rapids community and I plan to fulfill that mission to the best of my abilities.” Gill said.

There are two candidates running for the position of Senator for the College of Education and Human Services: Ferris student Mariah Gaither and Ferris criminal justice student Siarah Oliver. While the SGA Facebook page does not have any information on Gaither, the page states that Oliver aspires to become a prosecuting attorney and one day to be a judge for a federal court.

Ferris hospitality management student Maria Rogers is running for Senator for the College of Business. According to the SGA Facebook page, Rogers wants to continue improving the campus and the overall community of Big Rapids.

Lastly, Ferris automotive engineering technology student Justin Spires is running to be a Senator for the College of Engineering and Technology. According to the SGA Facebook page, Spires joined SGA to be more active on campus and he enjoys having a voice on campus improvements.

For more information about the SGA elections, students can visit the Ferris Student Government Facebook page, or go to their website at

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