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Tuesday, October 3, 2023


The race is on: meet your 2016 SGA presidential candidates

Student Government Association elections are around the corner and three parties — POWERHOUSE, the Hype Party and Project Red: Better Food. Better Wi-Fi. Better Parking. — have come out on top.

We talked with each of the candidates to get their stump speech on why they should lead SGA.

John FieldsParty: Powerhouse

Vice president: Vidha Dixit

Describes campaign as: Experience. Dedication. Service.

Why are you running for president? It is one of the best ways for us to give back to the University that has provided us with such an incredible college experience.

Why are you qualified for the position? We have the most experience in SGA and truly understand how to effectively complete all of our campaign objectives. Through running the legislative branch as Speaker of the Senate, serving on university committees and in leadership in several student organizations, we have the leadership experience both inside SGA and outside to have what it takes to tackle the challenges ahead of us and to best serve the UH student body.

If elected, what is your end goal?  Our goal is service. When we are elected, we are chosen to advocate for the student body, serve others, and make progress, not to just be warm bodies. We want to look back and know that we sacrificed all we could to make service to our fellow students our first priority. 

WEB-Justin-Tijerina-IMG_2089Party: The Hype Party

Vice president: Omar Coronado

Describes campaign as: Hype. Commitment. Honor.

Why are you running for president? I believe SGA can provide a vital role in engaging the student body. With my vice president, we can achieve this and more.

Why are you qualified for the position?  I believe I am the most qualified for this position because of my love for the University of Houston and the student body. It gives me energy and reason to succeed.

If elected, what is your end goal?  (If elected), I want to create a better atmosphere of school spirit and student engagement.

ShaneParty: Project Red: Better Food. Better Wi-Fi. Better Parking.

Vice president: Rohini Sethi

Describes campaign as: Food. Wi-Fi. Parking.

Why are you running for president? I want to make the day-to-day lives of students easier by improving food, Wi-Fi and parking.

Why are you qualified for the position? I am chair of the Food Service Advisory Committee, the vice chair of the Student Fees Advisory Committee, the president of the undergraduate Mock Trial program and a senior RA at Calhoun Lofts. I came to UH after looking at every college in the country. I love this University and want to improve our campus.

If elected, what is your end goal?  (My end goal is) cheaper meal plans, expanded and more reliable Wi-Fi and digital “spots available” signs in front of parking lots that track spaces available in real time.

CORRECTION: John Fields’ answer for “Why are you qualified for the position?” was misused.

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