Humphrey, Smith elected WVU Student Government Association leaders

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The campaign
for West Virginia University student body
president and vice president ended Friday evening as the Student Government Association Judicial Board
announced Blake Humphrey and Shannon Smith as president and vice president,
respectively, for the 2017-18 academic year.

Humphrey, a senior economics and political science major from
Wheeling, and Smith, a junior strategic
communications major with an emphasis in public relations from Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, led the unopposed winning ticket known as Let’s Talk WVU.

“‘Let’s talk’ is the motto that will
continue to guide our party,” said Humphrey. “We strongly believe proactive,
engaged listening will result in more effective leadership and tangible solutions
to the problems on campus. We also believe student stories, ideas and activism
define the heart and soul of our University.”

The team spoke
with more than 9,000 students during the signature process. Candidates running
for president or vice president must receive 1,000 student signatures in order
to run, while senators need 500. Topics of conversation included the party’s
main platforms: issues surrounding academic advising, the PRT
and other transportation on campus, diversity, mental and sexual health, and
SGA election reform.

“More than
ever, it is important for every student to know that their ideas, voice, and
service to our University matters,” Humphrey said. “Whether it was the students
who we talked to during signatures, the thousands of impressions we had on
social media, or the conversations we had on campus, it’s clear that students
want leaders who will lead by listening, and take bold, strong actions on
behalf of them.” 

The election
was held at various locations across campus Wednesday and Thursday (March 22
and 23). The winners were announced Friday (March 24) in the Mountainlair.

“Blake and
I are blessed to have the opportunity to keep the conversations going over the
course of the next year along with the help of the incredible, diverse student
leaders who …

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