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Leto to govern student body as new SGA president

By Regina Pergola
On April 11, 2017

Newly elected Student Government Association President Seth Leto.
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A new president, vice president, chief justice and several senators for separate colleges were elected into the Student Government Association. Students had the opportunity to vote online for those running. These officials will be sworn in on Apr. 25 at the Division for Student Affairs Convocation. 

SGA’s election polls were held Apr. 3 at 8 a.m. until Apr. 5 at 4:30 p.m., after which they were announced in the Student Union Breezeway at 5 p.m. 

Seth Leto was elected as the president of SGA. He plans on keeping the promises he made during his campaign and drawing more students into the government side of the student body Leto was excited to be elected by fellow students as their president. 

“It is an experience that I can’t even express,” said Leto. “I’ve wanted this since I came to college actually. It’s been my dream to win SGA president for Southeastern. I have a lot of plans. I’ve been in SGA since I was a freshman, so I’ve been kind of putting together a list for things that I want to see on this campus to be different.”

Leto wants more students to incorporate SGA into their school life because of the positive effects he has experienced as a result of his involvement. 

“I really want to do more to promote our school pride and to expand SGA to reach more students,” said Leto. “‘Cause so many students don’t really understand what SGA is, how they can get involved, what they can do to be a part of it. They don’t understand the leadership opportunities that SGA has that have greatly affect my life and I want to spread that with more students on this campus.”

As president, Leto wants to bring to light the things he discussed in his campaign and accomplish his agenda he presented. 

“Some of the ideas that I’ve campaigned on, that haven’t really been a promise necessarily, but I promise I am going to work hard and do the best to my ability to get these things done, would be the lion statue on our campus,” said Leto. “I know a lot of people have talked about it, and I really plan on getting that accomplished in my term. I’d love to see SGA more unified and more coming together to work on things and just more organization within the Student Government.”

Cedric Dent Jr. was elected as the senator for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Marianna Carter was elected as the senator for the College of Science and Technology.

Ali LeBlanc and Richard Davis Jr. were elected as chief justice and vice president respectively. 

“I actually really am looking forward to working with both of them,” said Leto. “I know Ali. I was working with her in senate last year whenever she was a senator. We’re in Greek Life together. I think that we have a common interest, and I think she really cares about the students. I really look forward to working with her as well as Richard Davis. He is going to do an incredible job as our vice president, and we have a lot of the same ideas, and I think we will all be a good team.”

Vice President for the Division of Student Affairs Dr. Eric Summers expressed how he felt with the election results. 

“I was very excited,” said Summers. “I think Seth is going to be a great president. I have a long agenda, and I am looking forward to seeing his agenda too. But I think we had two really great candidates for the position and I would have been happy to work with both of them, but I think Seth is going to do a really great job. I think they’re really great student leaders too, especially Richard. I’ve worked with him in the past. I know he’s going to do great things because he has always done great things. This year is going to be a good year for Southeastern because we have great students running SGA.”

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