Tag: tyler brown

Future SGA prepares for upcoming year

The upcoming Student Government Association President, Tyler Brown, prepares for the upcoming school year. The SGA is a very important part of the student life here at Jacksonville State University. The SGA is the student governing body of JSU, and it has been serving the students of this institution since 1946.

Tyler Brown is currently the Vice President of SGA. However, he has been elected for president. He will sign his contract on the April 20. Once the contract has been signed, he will take over the full presidential responsibilities. Until then, the acting President of SGA is still Brett Johnson.

Brown already has some ideas for next year. Some ideas include things like moving the student section and adding more charging stations throughout campus. Ultimately, Brown said, “I want to work on finding ways to reach new people.”

Brown will not meet with his executive officers until April 20. On this day, they will begin planning other events, activities, and changes in more detail. Until then, everything is just an idea. Regardless, Brown is very excited about his upcoming role as president.

“I am very honored to represent JSU,” said Brown.

The job comes with many duties. The president is expected to be at events and also must attend frequent meetings. “It is a fun job, but it is a hard job. Also, it’s a very diverse role,” said Brown.

As of now, Johnson and Brown are at the head of the SGA, but there are a lot of members. Technically, every student of this university is considered to be a member of this organization. This includes students that are dual-enrolled. As long as an individual has a student ID, they are considered a member.

However, the organization is divided into four branches. Within these branches, specific members are elected for positions. For example, the executive branch consists of six members. As of now, the members are Brett Johnson, Tyler Brown, Courtney Curtis, Andrew York, Kalyn Cabral and Ariel Tolson.

The other three branches are the legislative, judicial and activities branch. The legislative branch is also referred to as the Student Senate, and it consists of 35 members. The judicial branch, or the Student Judiciary Council, consists of eight justices. Each of the four branches serves a different function. For example, the Student Judiciary Council decides on issues such as whether or not an individual with a parking ticket is to be found guilty or not.

Together, the branches serve to better JSU. The advisor of SGA, Debbie Taylor, said, “We are the voice for the students. We are the liaison between the students and the administration.”

The SGA is very open to hearing the concerns of students. They listen to the concerns, but also take opinions and ideas that are offered. This open contact is made possible by the executive branch’s daily office hours. There are also weekly meetings in the SGA office that are held at various times.

If a student is interested in becoming more involved with SGA, they should consider joining. It opens the doors for many opportunities. The beginning requirements a student must meet are that they must have at least 12 hours and a 2.5 GPA. It is a rewarding experience.

“Even though we plan activities, our main goal is to cultivate leadership in our students,” said advisor, Debbie Taylor.

Katelyn Schneider
Staff Writer

Candidate debates and voter decisions

The Student Government Association debates were held this Tuesday. Each candidate stood before their peers to argue why they should be elected, and now it is time for JSU’s students, the voters, to decide their fate.

Issues ran the range from budgetary to event planning, and each candidate took the opportunity to weigh in. The first debate was between Dylan Jones, Austin Thigpen and Hunter Wallace, each running for Vice President of Organizational Affairs.
The primary issues were regarding the Organizational Council’s relevance and attendance, as well as concerns over increasing allocations to student organizations.

“With representation at the OC, they would have more of an obligation for their organization,” said Dylan Jones. As for allocations, “I know it was raised recently. $400 is a good median.”

“I won’t mandate full attendance, but requiring attendance to at least two meetings a semester will lead to a more well-informed Council,” said Austin Thigpen. Regarding the allocations, he stated, “I would absolutely raise them. If we raise them bit by bit, we will encourage groups to apply and accomplish more.”
Regarding the OC, Hunter Wallace had this to say, “I want to seek them out, do the footwork. Speak face to face with our OC representatives.” He also weighed in on the issue of allocations, “These organizations are bringing aid to the campus. We have to have more apply to make it worthwhile.”

Next were the candidates for Vice President of Student Activities, Alexis Gravlee and Ariel Tolson.

Regarding what kind of event she would like to bring to JSU, Gravlee suggested, “Something like a carnival, with games and booths dedicated to specific groups. It’s inexpensive and fun.” Regarding the possibility of an additional fee for students, to be allocated to the Activities budget, “We should ask the students, hold a survey to see what the students want.”

Ariel Tolson had her own opinions to express regarding both issues at hand. “Go back to middle school, something fun and simple like a field day. Three legged race, sack races, something we could run all day on the TMB lawn that everyone could see and attend.” Regarding the fee, ““I won’t support anything the students don’t support. If the students don’t want an extra $10 student fee, then I won’t push for it.”

The last two candidates, Jesslan Sharp and Tyler Brown, are each running unopposed. Sharp is running for Vice President of the Student Senate, while Brown is running for SGA President. However, each still had their own issues to weigh in on.

“Give each Senator an outline, show what they can and cannot do. Make meetings every other week, so that they are more invested,” said Sharp on her plans regarding the student Senate.

Brown’s chief concerns regarded the student body, as well as acclimating to a new administration after Doctor Meehan’s retirement later this year. “The SGA has a hard task ahead of it, building relationships with the new administration. Working one on one, regardless of rank and file.” As for the student body and their own concerns, “I keep an open door policy, and by listening to students as they address their concerns.”

John Sterling
Staff Writer

Zeta Tau Alpha hosts 45th Big Man on Campus

Zeta Tau Alpha’s held their 45th annual Big Man on Campus competition this Monday, February 16 in the Leone Cole Auditorium.

The theme of this year’s competition was “A Pink Tie Affair.” The mock beauty pageant is held by the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority every spring to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research.

“This is our biggest fundraiser. In 2014, our chapter raised $33,500 for the philanthropy, and over $7,000 of that came from Big Man on Campus,” announced Zeta MCs Meg Nevels and Kalyn Cabral.

Last year’s winner, Logan Adams, did a farewell performance before the announcement of this year’s winners. He sang a cover of “You Raise Me Up” dedicated to his grandmother, who is a 33-year breast cancer survivor. She embraced him on stage after his performance.

Tyler Brown, Vice President of the Student Senate of the SGA, won first place and received $100 for his victory, and was also named Mr. Congeniality by the judges.

Junior Samuel Kellett was awarded $75 for his second place finish, and freshman Niko Teofilo earned $50 for third place.

Austin Pitts also received the People’s Choice award.

This year’s judges were SGA President Brett Johnson, JSU graduate Jade Wagner and stage-four breast cancer survivor Lisa Plemons. There were 11 contestants in the competition.

The first round of the competition was “The GQ Walk,” where the contestants made their first impressions upon the judges and audience.

The second round was a “Q & A” session. The Zeta MCs drew random questions from a glass cup. Each contestant was asked one question.

After the second round, the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity entertained the audience with a step and dance routine.
The third and final round of the competition was the talent display. Niko Teofilo performed a Michael Jackson dance impersonation to the song “Billie Jean.”

Tyler Brown taught the audience how to “twerk.”

Samuel Kellett spoke “languages of love” to the Zeta ladies, giving compliments in Portuguese and Spanish in various accents.

Freshman Austin Pitts played a drum solo for the audience.

Freshman Joseph Scheirman performed stand-up comedy. His jokes included what he had learned from being a freshman at JSU and the UPD.

The Zetas sold Big Man on Campus T-shirts for $20 and charged viewers a $3 admission fee to watch the competition.

Adam Higgins
Staff Writer

Homecoming pageant preparations begin in Leone Cole

Every year as October begins to descend upon Jacksonville State University the sounds of chatter and synchronized footsteps can be heard cascading from Leone Cole Auditorium as some of JSU’s best prepare for the annual Homecoming Pageant.

This year, twenty-two women and five men will be competing for the title of Homecoming Queen and King. Tuesday evening, Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber” fueled the excitement as the opener to accompany this year’s theme “Ax Austin Peay” while the contestants begin to familiarize themselves with the choreography to the lumberjack-esque theme.

Rehearsal for the pageant gave each participating contestant a look at what to prepare for as well as an opportunity to get acquainted and have a little fun before getting down to business.

Vice President of the Student Senate Tyler Brown is thrilled about the event he’s been overseeing.

“It’s a tradition and a support for not only each organization, but for JSU itself.” He and Jade Wagner, who choreographed the event, will be announcing the event. Judges for the pageant consist of Jacksonville State University alumni. They will be deciding which contestants will move on to the student body’s ballots for Homecoming Week.

During this pageant, the twenty-two female contestants are narrowed down to ten, who will then be singled out to one and announced as Homecoming Queen on the football field during the pep rally amongst their peers and staff alongside the Homecoming King.

Contestant Lyndsey Bonner had many great things to say when asked about her involvement in the pageant. “This is my first time ever doing any kind of pageant at all! It’s a little nerve-wracking, but I feel like this experience is going to turn out great. I’ve had a lot of fun and already made some new friends so far.”

Hopefully as the event draws near, the warmth and acceptance of the people involved will be able to keep nerves at bay and lead to an amazing evening for everyone whether it be in a dress and heels, suited in their best, or simply sitting back and watching the fun unfold.

The pageant will be held at Leone Cole Auditorium on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. with an estimate of at least over five hundred audience members in attendance. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

Megan Wise
Staff Writer

Yellow bus to stop running on Fridays, Tie-Dye Day, video game tournament

On October 7 from 6 to 7 p.m., various organizations around campus gathered to discuss various events and topics at the Organizational Council Meeting.

After the Chaplain’s Report came the officer reports starting with Director of Publicity Courtney Curtis, who reminded the organizations to publicize more for JSU events.

Following Curtis was Chief Justice Andrew York with information concerning the yellow bus line at JSU. According to York, due to limited use from students, the line will cease operating on Fridays. The yellow bus line will continue to operate on Thursdays and Saturdays (after home games), with stops at the library being cut to save time. In addition, Chief Justice York announced a new opening for an Associate Justice, available to anyone interested.

Vice President of Student Activities Kaylan Cabral reminded organizations about the upcoming Harvest Festival on October 28, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the quad, and J-Day on October 29, from 11:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the TMB lawn.

According to Vice President of Student Senate Tyler Brown, homecoming packets are due by October 30th. Vice President Brown then instructed the organization leaders present on how to properly debate.

Next was President Brett Johnson, reminding everyone to participate in the student tailgates, with the next home game happening October 25th, with the tailgate starting at 11:00 a.m. In addition to the tailgate, Johnson announced a Board of Trustees meeting taking place on October 20th, at 10:00 am on the 11th floor of the Houston Cole Library.

Vice President of Organizational Affairs Ariel Tolson mentioned that allocations packets for organizations are still available, with a due date of October 21st.

Following the officer reports, those present passed three new bills concerning the appointment of Raven Scott as Chaplain, Alexis Avery as Parliamentarian, and Angie Higgins as Clerk.

The final part of the meeting moved into announcements from various organizations present.

SAA announced their Halloween Party on October 23rd at 7:00 pm at the Wesley Foundation. Attendees are asked to bring canned food for admission.

Kappa Alpha Order will be hosting a Tie-Dye Day on October 11th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Participants can bring their own t shirt or purchase one from Kappa Alpha Order. All proceeds will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The JSU Fan Club is having a videogame tournament on October 21st, with a $3.00 entry fee. In addition, the Fan Club will host a dance on October 28th, final date pending.

The Public Relations Organization is hosting a fundraising event on October 24th from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the TMB lawn, with a need for volunteers.

Psi Chi and the Psychology Club will be selling “Pink Freud” T-shirts for $12.

Kappa Sigma Fraternity will be hosting a bible study at their house on Mondays at 6:30 pm.

Following announcements, the members present got together and played a game to promote better communication between students.

Taylor Brown
Staff Writer