SGA president to be decided in run-off election Wednesday

Emily Featherston, News Editor


The 2015-2016 SGA president will be determined Wednesday by a run-off election on Portal. Junior political science and English major Laura Ann Prickett and sophomore pre-business major Porter Rivers continued their campaigns Tuesday through stickers, signs and social media posts.

The candidates were both asked to define what they would aim for as SGA president, why they think they are qualified for the job and their motivations for running.


Laura Ann Prickettweb-laura ann


Prickett said she wants to emphasize the importance of the “you” in her slogan “For God. For Learning. For You.” She said that while she knows not all students choose to participate in SGA, all students should be well represented.

“I believe the governing body should be a platform that represents, promotes and develops the diversity of student voices and interests on campus,” she said.


Prickett said that she thinks her experience serving on SGA for three years, as well as her experiences in academics, the Office of International Student Affairs and in Greek Life, have given her the opportunity to see the needs of and the ideas present in the Samford community.

“I think my experience and connections across campus, partnered with my resilient spirit and initiative, would enable me to efficiently move SGA into a more representative and relevant governing body,” she said.

Motivation to run:

Prickett was encouraged to run by her peers, which helped her to realize how much she would value the opportunity to serve Samford in this way.


Porter Riversweb-porter


Rivers said he hopes to provide an “active and transparent governing body” that encourages student involvement and preserves Samford’s long traditions.


By serving as both freshman and sophomore class president for the class of 2017, as well as finance committee chair on Senate, Rivers said he thinks he has gained valuable leadership abilities and experience.

“Other than this experience, I have the passion to better Samford University,” he said.

Motivation to run:

“I want to put my leadership skills I have used while working in a team environment to help make Samford an even greater experience for all students,” he said.


Voting will be open on Portal Wednesday from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m.

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