Students vote to pass all UOSA referendums in landslide margin
Evin Morrison, The Oklahoma Daily
Architecture – Alma Sandoval
Business – Andrew Carlough, Caleb Bates, Chandler Harris, Ngoc Tran, Taylor Peterson, Thong Doan
Communication – Makenna Rogers, Mike Wormley
Education – Devin Smith
Engineering – Sarah Barnes
Humanities – Daniel Tinney, Mitchell Bryant
Multidisciplinary Studies – Eyram Tsagli, John Montgomery, Katie Howard
Life Sciences – Kristin Pascoe, Ozair Naqvi
Social Sciences – Eli Potts, Josiah Irwin, Lauren Aragon
University College – Alexandra Byron, Brock Shetley, Jeremy Allen, Matthew Cramm, Preston Meister
UOSA President and Vice President Term Referendum
Yes [ 802 ]
No [ 145 ]
Student Government Association Referendum
Yes [ 756 ]
No [ 296 ]
Huston Huffman Renovation Question
Yes [ 836 ]
No [ 267 ]
OU Students approved changing the name of student government from UOSA to the Student Government Association by a landslide margin.
The name change referendum passed with about 75 percent of the estimated 1103 votes cast in the fall 2012 election. The name change was spearheaded by UOSA president Joe Sangirardi who said the next step is to get the name change approved by the OU Board of Regents, who meet Dec. 6 and 7.
“I’m really excited that students approved the name change from UOSA to SGA,” Sangirardi said.
The estimated 1103 votes cast in the election made up about 4.5 percent of the eligible voters on OU’s Norman campus. Last semester’s election had about a 10 percent turnout. Spring elections typically have higher voter turnout due to the student body president elections.
OU students also approved a referendum that will change the start of the student body president and vice president’s term from spring to fall, according to the referendum. The student president will now serve from fall to spring if the changes to the UOSA Constitution are approved by the Regents. If approved, fall elections will see the election of the student body president and vice president.
The third referendum on the ballot was approved as well. It asked students if they supported renovations to the Huston Huffman with a student activity fee bond. Sangirardi said the bond is “several million” dollars but he didn't have an exact figure after the polls closed.
Students also voted in Undergraduate Student Congress representatives and a new Interfraternity Council president. Ten Congressional districts were involved in the election. Eight districts filled spots with unopposed candidates and only two districts – University College and Architecture – had contested elections.
Drew Knox defeated Spencer Falcon for IFC president. Knox had 444 votes to Falcon’s 271.