Vote For Your 2013-2014 Student Government Leadership!

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ELECTION TIME IS HERE!

It’s that time again & the Spring Elections are BACK! On April 2nd & 3rd we need YOU to vote for your 2013-2014 Student Government Leadership! During our Spring Elections we elect 30 of our 40 Student Senators as well as your new Student Body President & Vice President. Anyone can vote in the elections, but you only get ONE vote. To vote please visit: get connected.gmu.edu and login using your Mason login and password. For a full list of our candidates in this year’s elections, please click here.

Additionally, below is the timeline for this election cycle, but for updated information, please keep checking back on our Elections Page here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email the EDC at SGEDC@gmu.edu.

Spring 2013 Election Timeline

1            ELECTION DATES

1.1           For the Spring 2013 General Election, the EDC is planning to adhere to the following timeline.

1.1.1      Candidacy packets available:                          Monday, February 18 2013 at 12 Noon in the Office of Student Involvement (located in The HUB, Suite 2300, middle floor)

1.1.2      Completed Candidacy Packets due:               Friday, March 1 2013 at 12 Noon in the Office of Student Involvement (located in The HUB, Suite 2300, middle floor)

1.1.3      Candidacy Notifications emailed:                   Wednesday, March 6 2013

1.1.4      MANDATORY Candidate Meeting              Thursday, March 7 2013 at 6pm in the Edwin Meese Conference Room (D023) in Mason Hall

1.1.5      Campaign Period begins:                                 Monday, March 18 2013 at 12:01am

1.1.6      Executive Debate                                            Thursday, March 28 2013 at 7pm in the JC Atrium

1.1.7      Voting Period begins:                                      Tuesday, April 2 2013 at 12:00am on getconnected.gmu.edu

1.1.8      Voting Period ends:                                         Thursday, April 4 2013 at 12:00am on getconnected.gmu.edu

Public Announcement and Certification of Results:    Thursday, April 4 2013 at 12 Noon in the JC Atrium

Thank You for Supporting Mason Lobbies 2013!

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(The Broadside featured Mason Lobbies on the front page in their February 11th issue)

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF THE SUPPORT FOR MASON LOBBIES 2013!

On February 7th, 2013, 43 students, 15 alumni and several faculty and staff members drove down to Richmond to show the state legislature how much Mason means to our community and what great work our Patriots do with their support. The day was more successful than any of us could have imagined and we loved seeing all of the coverage about it! Thank you so much to those who participated, supported, and helped promote – we cannot wait until next year! Below is a link to the several stories and photos released about Mason Lobbies – ENJOY!

Connect2Mason Storyhttp://www.connect2mason.com/content/mason-students-lobby-state-government-richmond

Broadside Story: http://broadsideonline.com/2013/02/13/students-give-a-face-and-story-to-statistics-at-first-annual-mason-lobbies-5861/

Mason News Story: http://newsdesk.gmu.edu/2013/02/mason-students-and-alumni-represent-in-richmond-on-lobby-day/  (Also to be featured on the www.gmu.edu homepage)

Fairfax City Patch: http://fairfaxcity.patch.com/articles/gmu-students-meet-with-legislators

Flickr Photos from the Governor of Virginia’s Office: http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorva/8456490902/

**Also like us on Facebook “Mason Student Government” to see photos from our members throughout the day.**

TOMORROW (2/12/13): FINANCE EXPO!

When?: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 12PM-4PM

Where?  Patriot’s Lounge in SUB I

Come join Student Government in their first ever Finance Expo! There will be representatives from offices across the university ready & waiting to give you information on:

-Insurance
-Financial Aid (Work Study, FASFA, & more!)
-Scholarships
-Study Abroad
-Military Benefits
-And so much more!

There will also be FREE food & some giveaways, so this is an event you don’t want to miss. A perfect opportunity to learn about your personal finances

Does the Youth Vote Matter?

In 2008, political analysts found that, while the youth vote–those under 30–broke overwhelmingly for Barack Obama, it did not singularly tip the election in his favor. Exit polls from the 2012 election show Obama once again won the youth vote, this time by 67% nationally and 61% in swing states. Not only was the breadth of the youth vote integral to this election, but the depth, too, played an important factor. Exit poll data suggests that one in five voters on Tuesday was under the age of 30, with half of eligible voters age 18 to 29 casting a ballot. These numbers represent a 5 percent increase in youth voters, totaling about 23 million young voters. In short, the youth voted; they voted heavily, and they voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. The Center for Research and Information on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University estimates that, if Romney could have turned those numbers into a 50-50 split, he would have won those states and thus have won the election.
These numbers reflect what we saw here at Mason on Tuesday. Lines for the polls began before 6:00am, and students all day long said they were waiting for 30, 45, 60 minutes to cast a ballot. Turnout was predicted to be 400; the precinct had reached that number before 10:30am. At the end of the day, more than 1,600 ballots were cast, which quadrupled the prediction, with registered turnout hitting around 70 percent. Exit poll data from Student Government showed students of all classes breaking for Obama by 77 percent, above the national average. From the partisan and nonpartisan groups that flooded the area around the precinct Tuesday, to the spontaneous group of students who road a giant red-bike-contraption around campus reminding students to vote, the campus was very much alive with election fever. As this quantitative and qualitative analysis suggests, the youth turned out to vote.
These conclusions beg the age-old question: does the youth vote matter? In a purely statistical sense, the answer is yes, and as the Tufts University analysis concludes, the youth vote could have tipped the election in a different direction. Such numbers will surely motivate future campaigns, both for federal and local offices, to focus more heavily on the youth vote. This includes visiting the campus for speeches and voter engagement, focusing resources on get-out-the-vote efforts for college students, and highlighting, rather than hiding, higher education and college student issues.
But, in a broader sense, the role of the youth vote in this election has far greater ramifications. The quantitative and qualitative analysis illustrates how the youth turned out to vote. No great example exists to disprove the stereotype of the apathetic college student. At Mason, it cannot be said that college students do not care and that the youth vote does not matter.  With a gubernatorial election next year, political analysts were already looking at how best to engage an electorate that wants to be engaged.
This generation is ready to lead. We are voting, therefore playing a decisive role in elections. We are interning, often without pay, in every partisan and nonpartisan office and agency in all levels of government. We are studying in order to better understand how this globalized world and region works as well as to determine what role we can play in it. And most of all, we are listening to the current generation of leaders, the youngest of whom were born a decade before us. As we continue to vote, to intern, to study and to listen, our generation—the 9/11 generation, born after the 1990s and raised in the 21st century—is waiting to lead.
Always faithful,
Alex Williams
Student Body President

Excited for Mason Lobbies but unable to attend? Tweet your Support!

Excited for Mason Lobbies but unable to attend the event on February 7?
Tweet your support to your fellow patriots and legislators with #MasonLobbies.
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Help your fellow students represent the GMU student body in front of the Virginia state legislature. You can assist in providing support as we ask for more state funding. The event will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2013 in Richmond, VA.

Excited for Mason Lobbies but unable to attend? Tweet your Support! #MasonLobbies

Excited for Mason Lobbies but unable to attend the event on February 7?

Tweet your support to your fellow patriots and legislators with #MasonLobbies.

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Help your fellow students represent the GMU student body in front of the Virginia state legislature. You can assist in providing support as we ask for more state funding. The event will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2013 in Richmond, VA.

 Find the Training Review material here!

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Save the date: 2/12/13 is SG’s First Finance Expo!

When?: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 12PM-4PM

Where?  Patriot’s Lounge in SUB I

Come join Student Government in their first ever Finance Expo! There will be representatives from offices across the university ready & waiting to give you information on:

-Insurance
-Financial Aid (Work Study, FASFA, & more!)
-Scholarships
-Study Abroad
-Military Benefits
-And so much more!

There will also be FREE food & some giveaways, so this is an event you don’t want to miss. A perfect opportunity to learn about your personal finances 🙂

 

Find out more about the event here.