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SGA Voter's Guide: Russell Born

By Christopher Whitten
On March 15, 2012

  • Russell Born

• United Students Party

• Political Science Major

• Senator at Large

• Running Mate: Caray Oldham, Broadcast Journalism Major

Although he was defeated by a few votes when he ran to become a Student Government Association senator last year, current SGA President Tyler DeWitt appointed Russell Born shortly after the beginning of this school year.
He ran under DeWitt's United Students Party that won 22 of 37 elected positions in the 2011 election.  Now he said he wants to capitalize on his party's past success as well as his own.  Born said he is running to improve a campus that is already on the right track.
"I am confident in both my track record and the mission of the party," he said. "The mission of the United Students Party is simple - to unite the student body at The University of Memphis by working to create an environment which fosters and promotes a sense of belonging and pride, while improving the overall college experience."
Born said he is running for president so that he can motivate others to be more actively involved on campus.
"I've noticed we have untapped potential, and with the right motivation, we can hopefully see more legislation passed. If elected SGA President, I not only want the SGA to reach its full potential, but for The University to reach its full potential as well," Born said.
The issues of tuition costs, building campus tradition with athletics and campus security and parking have been Born's primary focuses as an SGA senator.
"The University of Memphis has to be on the same scale as the preeminent universities in our region and country, and finding answers to these issues will help us achieve this goal. I'm the candidate who has dealt with these issues the most, and put the effort into finding and implementing solutions."
The senate passed Born's bill last semester that calls for new card readers to be installed in the sorority houses to increase security. The new security measures are set to be implemented this summer, Born said.
Compared to his opponents, Born said he cares about the bigger issues.
"I have the vision and drive to solve these problems and a record to reflect that while my opponents do not," Born said. "With all due respect to my opponents, there has been a concern with issues that are not as pressing to the University."

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