SGA Elections

SGA needs political parties to become more representative, inclusive

The University of Alabama is at a crossroads. The social climate of this university is in perhaps its most dynamic state in at least a century. Moving forward, the direction we take will have profound impacts on our future – not just for students but for the larger Tuscaloosa community in which the University resides. Last week, the executive board of The United Alabama Project, of which I am a member, publicly released a proposal to reform our current SGA election process to allow for the formation of political parties. In the proposal, we give a proper articulation of the situation in which we currently find ourselves and how such a reform would allow us to move 
beyond it.


Alex Clark

Recent constitutional adjustments to the position of Student Government Association executive vice president have rendered the job a governing liaison between the organization’s offices, and Alex Clark, current member of the Presidential Advisory Board and a junior majoring in public relations, feels confident her leadership style is a successful match for the responsibilities the position entails. “My job is not about initiating and putting my name on all these programs.


Brielle Appelbaum

Brielle Appelbaum, a sophomore studying English and economics, is running unopposed for the position of executive secretary of the Student Government Association at the University of Alabama. The duties of the executive secretary include acting as a historian for the SGA by recording all of the Executive Council meetings, maintaining the SGA website, continuing the “SGA Through the Years” project and creating an Executive Secretary Booklet. During the past year, Appelbaum has held the position of assistant communications director for External Affairs of the SGA.


Adam Rawlins

If elected, Adam Rawlins, a write-in candidate for the position of vice president of Academic Affairs, said he would work to make a degree from the University as valuable as he could. "The basic reason anyone comes to this University is for an education, and we need to ensure that people's degrees are actually worth something when they graduate," Rawlins said.


Matt Harris

Matt Harris, who is running for executive vice president in Tuesday’s election, said one of the biggest things on his platform was the possible implementation of winter classes. Harris said he and his campaign team surveyed 300 random students about a winter class period, and most of those surveyed said they would be interested in taking classes over winter break. “Students would be able to go home and spend the holidays with their families and take an online class over winter break,” Harris said.


Adam Rawlins

If elected, Adam Rawlins, a write-in candidate for the position of vice president for Academic Affairs, said he would work to make a degree from the University as valuable as he could. "The basic reason anyone comes to this University is for an education, and we need to ensure that people's degrees are actually worth something when they graduate," Rawlins said.