Student government at NGU

Emily Artus, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, April 13, North Greenville University students chose next semester’s representatives for the Student Government Association.

Of the three class elections, two were uncontested, and Jon Ross Fordree, a rising sophomore, and Emily Williams, a rising junior, were elected by default. In the only contested election, rising senior Israel Reeves won the presidency against Renauld Davis.

As this semester comes to an end, the three president-elects share their goals and plans for next fall.

Jon Ross Fordree will be the sophomore class president next semester. Photo courtesy of Emily Artus.

Jon Ross Fordree will be the sophomore class president next semester. Photo courtesy of Emily Artus.

Fordree, a Christian studies major, will lead the sophomore class as president, aided by his vice president, Matthew Shumate.

“What I really want to do is listen to the students of my class and try to get that up to administration,” said Fordree.

Though this will be his first year with the SGA, Fordree has already begun brainstorming ideas to benefit his classmates.

“I’ve brought up that a nacho bar would be awesome [at the Caf],” said Fordree. “Nachos are cheap, cheese is cheap and that’s something they could constantly have up there.”

In addition to his culinary goals, Fordree said he hopes to voice student issues to the administration, and he is ready to face whatever obstacles lie ahead.

“I hope I’m challenged,” said Fordree. “Anything in life worth doing is challenging.”

Emily Williams will lead the junior class as president next fall. Photo courtesy of Emily Williams.

Emily Williams will lead the junior class as president next fall. Photo courtesy of Emily Williams.

Williams, a interdisciplinary major, will head the juniors as president along with her vice president, Garner Brooks.

Williams hopes her experience in student government will help her meet and encourage more people.

“I want to meet new people, plan events for people to meet people, make changes for the better,” said Williams. “I know that student government is a door the Lord has opened for me to more effectively do that.”

As the junior class president, Williams said she will give her time to the class she represents.

“I can do these things [the goals for her presidency] by surrounding myself with people,” said Williams. “Investing in NGU students and actively listening to the concerns of them.”

Israel Reeves will head the seniors as class president next school year. Photo courtesy of Emily Artus.

Israel Reeves will head the seniors as class president next school year. Photo courtesy of Emily Artus.

Reeves, an accounting major, will lead as senior class president and will be assisted by his vice president, Olivia Lee.

As the representative of the senior class, Reeves said he hopes his go-getter personality will help make changes to benefit student life.

“I’d like to have a voice to the people in charge,” said Reeves. “And I’d love to give the students a better opportunity to have their voice heard.”

Voicing student affairs to the administration is one of Reeves’ main platforms, and he hopes to give students a chance to make their voices heard themselves.

“I’d love to start meetings where students could bring their ideas of changes they’d like to make,” said Reeves. “Changes that would be good for the student body and make students more comfortable.”

Freshman representatives will be elected this fall.