Student Government Association

Practical solutions to prevalent problems

My name is Tate Thomas, and I am thrilled to be running for Vice President for Student Affairs. I am a junior from Anniston, Alabama, and am pursuing a major in civil engineering with a minor in Spanish. I have committed two years of hard work to the Student Government Association and am excited to have the opportunity for a third year of service.


SODEL hosts candidate forum

Candidates for Student Government Association executive offices discussed their campaign platforms in front of students at a forum hosted by Students for Open Doors and Ethical Leadership Wednesday night. The forum hosted speakers such as presidential candidates Elliot Spillers and Stephen Keller, as well many others.


SGA needs to form better channels of communication

My name is Katrina Swarthout and I am running for the position of Executive Secretary. I am currently a junior from San Jose, California, majoring in communication studies and double minoring in public relations and German. Being a member of the University of Alabama Student Government Association has been the highlight of my college career.


SGA should help assault victims

SGA should do more to combat sexual assault on campus. On college campuses, one in five women are sexually assaulted and SGA should make combating this epidemic a priority to ensure that all students are safe on campus. Our SGA should partner with the Women's Resource Center to promote the resource the University offers survivors and raise awareness about sexual assault on our campus.


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.


Students create scholarship site

During the fall of 2013, SGA Chief of Staff Mary Wills conceived the idea for an external scholarship database after reading about a similar program offered at the University of Arizona. She brought her idea to Mark Nelson, dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences, when he was in Student Affairs and was met with enthusiasm and support. This year, her idea came to fruition when Compass Scholarship Search officially launched in early January.


Block seating application revamped for fall

The Student Government Association will score applications for block seating electronically next football season as part of a series of reforms to the block seating process. “We formed several task forces, a couple of different commissions to really get student opinion about what exactly was the problem with student organization seating and, not to anyone’s surprise, it was the process,” SGA President Stephen Swinson said at an SGA-wide meeting Thursday.


Low turnout curtails SGA forum

Due to a low student turn out, an attempt at a Student Government Association forum and debate on Wednesday night transformed into a group discussion focused on defining SGA's role on campus. The UA chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Council of Negro Women hosted the event.