Freshman Senator elections underway after postponement

The Student Government Association (SGA) is holding the Freshman Senate Elections from Sept. 19 to 21. Freshman can vote for the two students who will represent the freshman class on the Senate Council.

According to Chief Justice William Takewell, freshman can vote online at for the candidate that they believe should represent the incoming freshman class.  There are six students running for two available positions: Trevor Vampran, Taylor Petit, Joseph Passafume, Timothy Johnson, Richard Mills and Zachary Leblanc.

“A lot of the freshman, I think, are very excited about being here,” said Takewell.  “The ones that run for freshman senator, I always notice, are the ones who actually want to help out and do something.”

Takewell believes that some of the enthusiasm relates to the Freshman Leadership Council (FLC).  The council seeks to increase “three core leadership values of scholarship, spirit, and service” in incoming freshman, according to the FLC application form.

“They are the really enthusiastic ones, about 30 of them, that are excited about doing things and who want freshman to be a part of campus life,” said Takewell.

Freshman Senate Elections were scheduled to be held last week, but were stopped for technical issues when it was found that some upperclassmen were able to vote.

“Unfortunately, some upperclassmen were able to vote for freshman senators, which was not supposed to happen,” said Takewell.  “In order to not compromise the entire elections, we decided to pull [the ballot].”

Timothy Johnson, one of the freshmen candidates, is a kinesiology major, who plans on becoming a physical therapist after he suffered injuries in a fatal car accident.

“I plan to propose new ideas to the Senate and to help pass whatever bill or idea I think will benefit the student body,” said Johnson.  “I will be more than willing to take good ideas or complaints from anybody and present them to the Senate. SGA is the voice of the student body and that’s what I plan to be as well.”

Trevor Vampran, a nursing major from Prarieville, considers himself a people person and wants to help everyone he can if elected to the Freshman Senate.

“My primary reason for running is to voice my opinion about different things on campus,” said Vampran. “I have always been the type of person that rather do something about a problem, than simply complain about it. If I were elected into senate, I would ask my peers what they want.”

For more information about SGA, contact their offices by phone at 985-549-2296 or by email at [email protected]. Their office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.