By Spencer Schneier, Staff Writer
Published in print Mar. 25, 2015
After a tumultuous year for Student Government Association, the time has come for elections.
Antonio Southern is a sophomore SGA Chair pro temp at UNC-Greensboro, and he is running for Vice President.
Southern’s platform is centered on student-engagement and bringing information to the students. He told The Carolinian via email that he believes an informed student body is important, and he will look to hold forums on a variety of issues to provide them a chance to stay informed.
He acknowledged the opinions of those who say that UNC-Greensboro is an apolitical campus, saying, “While I understand the perspective and the opinion of those who believe that our student body is apolitical… I do not agree that the students are not knowledgeable or concerned about the issues facing our university.”
He discussed various administrative controversies clouding the UNC System, but noted that he “has proudly advocated for the UNC System.”
He told The Carolinian that he “completely disagree[s] with the Board of Governor’s decision to discontinue university centers within the UNC System.” He did not offer any alternatives, only noting the value of centers such as the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.
Southern also noted that he agrees with the decision to keep the identities of chancellor candidates private.
The Business major said that he wants to set up forums where the Chancellor and students can meet and “allow the students to get a personal connection and know the vision of the chancellor.”
He also proposed an open-house style meet-and-greet night for students and their professors.
When asked if he had any remarks for the students of UNC-Greensboro, Southern responded:
“If elected as vice president of SGA,” Southern said, “I will be responsible, respectful, caring, fair and trustworthy as I serve UNCG and our student body.”
He continued, saying, “I plan to go above and beyond the call of duty as a student representative who will focus more on resolving issues as opposed to filling the position for popularity. I will be dedicated as I give back to the UNCG community that has given so much to me.”
He also proposed a variety of newsletters and forums for a range of topics, including student engagement in extracurricular activities, and SGA awareness.