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THE REPORTER

The Ballot Box New Student Government Association officers were elected at all eight campuses on April 14 for the 2011-12 academic school year. Students were able to vote from April 11-13. Each campus has a student body elected president and vice president. While the choosing of other positions such as secretary, treasurer, historian and public relations director and governmental relations director vary by campus. Kendall Campus’ SGA Executive Board appointed new positions to their board adding Director of Internal Affairs, Senate Pro-Tempore, Chief Justice, and Chief of Staff. Biographical information was submitted to The Reporter by SGA members, who also included what their intentions during their term in office. Submitted content was edited for brevity and clarity. EXPLANATION SOURCES: SGA OFFICES AT RESPECTIVE MDC CAMPUSES; MIAMI DADE COLLEGE INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH RESEARCH: MELISSA ADAN GRAPHICS: LAZARO GAMIO

Total number of votes All other candidates’ share, along with abstinees’ votes, are in gray.

Voting Candidates share of the votes is highlighted in red.

Homestead Campus

B 500 College Terrace Homestead, FL 33030, Room A211 Nicole Bryant, Adviser T (305) 237-5223 President

Secretary

Abstained 15 Rolanda Schand 165

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Education should not be about survival with high tuition costs, it should be about academics Jenny Normil, Homestead Campus SGA Vice President Vice President

Rolanda Schand was born on June 7, 1985 in Queens, NY. Before entering Miami Dade College, she SCHAND was involved in clubs such as Future Educators of America and The Academy of Finance. In February 2010 she enrolled at MDC and by June 2010 she was on the list to receive the Gold Presidential Scholar Award. She currently has a 4.0 GPA. Promises: “I want to show students that you can be a full-time mother, a full- time student, work and still make a difference in your school and community. I want to branch out within the community and get more involved. I want to advocate for the students who can’t speak for themselves. My goals this year are relating the students to real life issues through global networking and communication.”

180

Brittany Lee 170

Biographical Information for Brittany Lee was not provided in time for publication.

Abstained 8

180

Katie Sapkosky 80

Jenny Normil 92

Treasurer Abstained 11

180 Jenny Normil is from from New York City, and is the daughter of Haitian immigrants. She NORMIL has been an active member of SGA since the fall 2010, when she served as sergeant at arms. Promises: “I care a great deal about MDC and its student body. Education should not be about survival with high tuition costs, it should be about academics. As vice-president it [will] be my absolute mission to do everything in my power to be the voice of the students at the Homestead Campus.”

Crystal Brooke Coronel 169

Biographical Information for Crystal Brooke Coronel was not provided in time for publication. Historian Abstained 11 Sofia Castro 169

180

Biographical Information for Sofia Castro was not provided in time for publication.

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Kendall Campus Kelly Sydnor, Adviser T (305) 237-0531 President

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Abstained 16 Jonathan Ali 1466

Vice President

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Abstained 23 Ruben Gomez 1597

3079

3079

Aliette Valdes

Jessica Alpizar 1675

1381

Ruben Gomez is originally from Nicaragua. He is double majoring in political science and internaGOMEZ tional relations. He aspires to become a lawyer and to travel around the world advocating for human rights as a diplomatic ambassador. Promises: “I will devote myself to resolve parking issues, campus unity, and beautification of our campus with green projects. Furthermore, I’ll work to improve academic and financial aid advisement...”

Jessica Alpizar is currently a freshman at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus majoring ALPIZAR in psychology. She believes in advocating for the rights of the Student Body. In high school she was part of a team of students, who led various functions such as prom, homecoming, and pep rallies. Promises: “As your Vice President I intend to continue to improve issues such as, parking, advisement, financial aid and more on Kendall Campus.”

Director of Internal Affairs

Senate Pro-Tempore

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Branden Mendez is a business administration major at Miami Dade College who joined SGA MENDEZ spring 2011 to better student life on campus. In high school Branden was a member of FBLA and Key Club. Promises: “ I want to work to create new structures and initiatives to help SGA and Miami Dade College in things they do around campus. I came in with a goal to make sure the student’s needs are met and I won’t stop till it’s done.”

Fernanda Ponce, a sophomore at Honors College is majoring in biology, joined SGA spring 2011 with PONCE hopes of creating student unity among students. Ponce is a Phi Theta Kappa member and also hopes to bring a new program to Miami Dade College called Alternative Breaks. Promises: “...to create a scholarship committee to further help MDC students with financing their education and to create a social networking committee to further unify our students.”

Chief Justice

Chief of Staff

Position appointed by elected SGA Executive Board.

Position appointed by elected SGA Executive Board.

Monica Cabrera a pre-dental major joined SGA spring 2011 to give a voice to the students. CABRERA Cabrera is a sophomore. Promises: “My goal is not only to fulfill the duties of my position, but also to exceed all expectations. I am eager to leave a legacy on SGA so that it be a fair, ethical, and professional association.”

Jannelle Hernandez a sophomore Honors College student majoring in biology joined SGA in spring HERNANDEZ 2011 semester with hopes of representing the student body. Hernandez is also a Phi Theta Kappa member. Promises: “The future of SGA is significant and I will do everything I can possibly do to make SGA the best it can be.”

Franklin Sotolongo, Adviser T (305) 237-3795

Markenley Fertil 281

Vice President

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Abstained 78

660

Bianca Gomez 366

Bianca Gomez—an Honors College student—joined SGA in fall 2010, eventually becoming a senator and then a recruiter for the cabinet. GOMEZ Promises: “My plan for SGA next year is to improve communication in SGA, between executive board, cabinet, senators and members and between SGA and you.”

InterAmerican Campus

660

Daniela Galofre 582

Daniela Galofre, recently completed her first year at the Wolfson Campus while also participating in SGA. Promises: “...help your voice GALOFRE be heard through the masses for the collective good of students...I am ready to take on it’s load, make your ideas be heard, and possibly be able to make them reality.”

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Secretary

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Abstained 94

Treasurer

28,153*

36,074

22,692

660

Rosa Villa—originally from Cuba—has been previously involved with The Florida Breast Health Initiative, The Global Medical Brigades, VILLA the Psychology Club and Phi Theta Kappa. Promises: “[To provide] new community service options, and offering fundraising and advertising ideas for the clubs image.”

660

Homestead Campus

709

660

1.8%

6,767

10,070

524

8.5%

Number of votes cast at each campus.

West Campus

West Campus

Medical Center Campus

B 3800 NW 115th Ave. Doral, FL 33178, Room 1112 Ivette Sheran, Adviser T (305) 237-8965

2.9%

5,626

94

7%

5,365

180

1.3%

3,614

422

3.1%

Alain de Paz 195

7.8%

156

4.3%

Vice President

*note: north campus population includes all students at the carrie p. meek entrepreneurial education center.

Patricia Tejeda, Adviser T (305) 237-6037

Evelyn Rodriguez, Adviser T (305) 237-1643

B 627 SW 27th Ave. Miami, FL 33135, Room 1106 I

Abstained 11 Sandra Timm 273

Darryl Arcales 566

Darryl Arcales will serve as the Wolfson Campus treasurer. She is a newcomer to the Wolfson Campus SGA, but looks forward to assistARCALES ing the campus’ more than 20,000 students. Promises: “I promise to do right with the money invested by the students through conscious financial planning with the student lifestyle in mind.”

Mayra Medina 223

Mayra Medina was born in Bogotá, Colombia and moved to Miami with her family when she MEDINA was 7. She graduated from Ronald W. Reagan/ Doral Sr. High School where she completed more than 900 hours of community service. She is doing a double major in sociology and international affairs. Promises: “I look forward to being the main contact between the student body and the administration at West to help best address any student issue and concern.”

422

North Campus

Secretary

Alain Suarez 425

Medical Center Campus

B 11380 NW 27 Ave. Miami, FL 33167, Room 4204 I

Abstained 278

709

422

Abstained 7

InterAmerican Campus

President

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Voter turnout. Percentage value is approximate.

SOURCES: MIAMI DADE COLLEGE INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH; SGA OFFICES AT RESPECTIVE MDC CAMPUSES

709

Rachel Rodriguez 431

President Richard Minott 11 Michelle Velez 159

524

N

Secretary

Abstained 10

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B 950 NW 20 St. Miami, FL 33127, Room 1171 Lorraine Hahn, Adviser T (305) 237-4208 N

524

Naggine Georges 271

Hialeah Campus

Governmental Relations Director N

President

Abstained 47

Abstained 11

Beilin Diaz 484

524

Rajaun Ellis 477

Thaysha Dutes 57

M

B 1780 W 49th St. Hialeah, FL 33012, Room 1121 AJ Costa, Adviser

T (305) 237-8736

Secretary

M

Abstained 15

156

Emily Ibanez 88

President

H

Abstained 2

156

Theda Sturrup 141

Treasurer

H

Abstained 4

94

Andres Barreto 92

94

MIchelle Vargas 90

Maria Echeverri 415

Maria Echeverri—a psychology major—will serve as the 2011-2012 Student Government AssociECHEVERRI ation Vice-President at West Campus. Promises: “I want to make sure that SGA is involved in as many community projects as possible. We are here to give back to the community.” Treasurer

Alain Suarez—a political science major—was born in Havana, Cuba; however, he was SUAREZ raised in Venezuela and moved to Miami in 2004. He started as a Senator in SGA, and went on to serve as Membership Director and Secretary for the organization. Promises: “I want to continue to fight for student rights [and] make Miami Dade College InterAmerican campus a better place.”

Rachel Rodriguez was born in Guantanamo, Cuba and moved to the United States in RODRIGUEZ 2007. The South Miami Senior High graduate volunteered at Coral Gables Hospital and was a part of Project Ryse. Previously, she was an SGA senator. Promises:“My goal is to represent the student body...to the best of my ability and motivate our campus to [achieve our] community fundraising goals.”

Naggine Georges—a nursing major at North Campus—is a member of various campus organizaGEORGES tions. She served as an SGA senator this past year. While in high school, she volunteered at Ojus Elementary and served as the team manager for North Miami Beach Senior High’s softball team. Promises: “I will strive for unity by giving students and organizations the opportunity to communicate openly with the E-board because we should be united as one.”

Beilin Diaz—former SGA secretary at Miami Central Senior High—has held leadership roles in DIAZ the Information Technology Club and Future Business Leaders of America. Promises: “I will strive to do my best by preparing myself for the challenges placed before me; whether it is minor questions or major concerns.”

Rajaun Ralph Ellis was born in the garden parish of St. Ann, Jamaica. While in high ELLIS school, he received accolades and prizes for academic excellence and was the president of the Environmental Club. Promises: “I aim to communicate effectively to the students about their legislative issues. I also aim to develop personal relationships with students to become aware of their needs so I will be able to represent them successfully.”

Vice President

Treasurer

Vice President

Treasurer

Public Relations Director

W

Abstained 94 Rosa Villa 141

Hialeah Campus

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JUNE 13, 2011

Abstained 4

3,079

I

Abstained 9

Abstained 13

Wolfson Campus

Emily Ibanez enrolled at Miami Dade College’s Medical Center Campus in August of 2010. She IBANEZ soon became an active member of SGA, as a senator. She attended the FJCCSGA, where she discussed issues like Bright Futures, budget cuts and the DREAM Act. Promises: “I want to represent the campus and be the voice of the students...I want every voice and idea to be heard.”

Vice President

B 300 NE Second Ave. Miami, FL 33132, Room 2101 W

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Wolfson Campus

President

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Campus population eligible to vote on Spring 2011. Includes credit and non-credit students. Some headcounts may be duplicated.

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Kendall Campus

Even though more than 100,000 students attend Miami Dade College, voter turnout was relatively low. Campaigning was done through use of posters and flyers, and even by handing out food and drinks—as was the case at Kendall Campus, which had the highest voter turnout rate out of all the campuses. “Some things you would find at these booths were T-shirts, snacks, beverages, music [and] posters,” said Jessica Alpizar, Kendall Campus vice president. Also, laptops were set up, so students could vote on the spot. “I believe [it] made a huge difference, and not to mention, made it easier for students to get involved and vote,” said Alpizar.

Position appointed by elected SGA Executive Board.

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The Voting Masses

B 11011 SW. 104 St. Miami, FL 33176, Room 127

Position appointed by elected SGA Executive Board.

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JUNE 13, 2011

Linnet Leon 283

I

Abstained 291

709

Fereda Frazer 417

Fereda Frazer—a nursing major—was born and raised in Jamaica and moved to Miami in 2005, FRAZER where she attended South Miami Senior High. She has been a part of Student Government since 2010. Promises: “I hope to expand our senate, create more awareness on campus about health issues that are increasingly affecting our community...”

N

Abstained 109

709

Edwin Ramos 418

N

Abstained 30

524

Jamie Harris 415

Abstained 20

Abstained 47

524

Michael Ward Jr. 494

M

N

524

Geoffrey Evans 477

156

Kamamori Gonzalez 136

Theda Sturrup, originally from the Bahamas, is currently enrolled in the dental hygiene proSTURRUP gram at Miami Dade College’s Medical Center Campus. She has been a part of the SGA for the past year. Promises: “United we stand together. I know we can and will be able to help the student’s voice be heard and also help those throughout our communities.”

United we stand together. Theda Sturrup, Medical Center Campus SGA secretary

Governmental/Public Relations Edwin Ramos—a former platoon leader at Miami Senior High’s JROTC—was born and raised in RAMOS Miami. Promises: “My goal for the upcoming academic year is to make a difference in our community.”

Jamie Harris—an oceanography major—was born in Miami, but grew up in Antigua. Since HARRIS joining SGA, she has contributed to activities and attended local and regional conferences. Promises: “I will try and bring more awareness about events and activities that are happening and I will listen to the issues of the students.”

Michael Ward Jr. recently attended the Rally in Tally, where he met with numerous representatives WARD JR. and advocated the legislative issues that affect MDC. Promises: “I have the precision and diligence to manage SGA financial assets.”

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Geoffrey Evans, an SGA member since fall 2010, served as historian for the Future Business EVANS Leaders of America and The Skills USA organizations while in high school. Promises: “I plan to assist the president in executing specific plans and actions, exchanging views and ideas between other student organizations.”

Kamamori Gonzalez began attending Medical Center Campus in Fall 2009, after being GONZALEZ accepted into the licensed practical nurse program. He is currently enrolled in the Associate of Science registered nursing program. Promises: “I will organize effective and helpful community service projects, assist the Legislative Liaison, and always place what is best for the student body first.”

Andres Barreto—a business administration and graphic art major—has been part of SGA BARRETO for a year. He has participated in trips to Tallahassee, and has spoken to senators and representatives about issues the college faces. Promises: “It is my main duty to voice the concerns of the student body...I want [the Hialeah Campus] to feel like home for the student body.”

Michelle Vargas is a mass communications major and journalism minor. She has been an VARGAS SGA member since 2010. Promises: “My plans for Miami Dade College as treasurer would be to maintain a stable count of the money [flowing] in and out of both SGA and other clubs.”

Vice President

Secretary

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Abstained 1 Juan Bovea 32

94

Jonathan Vanegas 61

H

Abstained 3

94

Janette Viera 91

Thaysha Dutes is a full-time nursing student with past presidential experiences, having previdutes ously held executive leadership positions in various organizations. Promises: “I plan to create an effective link between the student body and the college’s administration, faculty, and staff members.”

422

Stephanie Salazar 405

Stephanie Salazar is majoring in criminal justice. Upon completion of her associate in arts SALAZAR degree, she plans to transfer to FIU to complete a bachelor’s degree in criminology. Salazar hopes to become an FBI agent. Promises: “I would like to take part in more service learning projects involving more earth friendly acts. I’d really like to concentrate on helping clean parks, help animal shelters, and plant trees in our community.” Secretary

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Position appointed by elected SGA Executive Board.

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Jonathan Vanegas —also known as “Kirby”—is a pharmacy major at the Hialeah Campus. VANEGAS Promises: “As your vice-president, I will represent the student body and listen to any concerns that the students of this campus may have. Supporting the president in any way possible is another aspect of my duties.”

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Janette Viera is an accounting major who hopes to increase the involvement of the VIERA students in this campus. Promises: “To inform our students about the activities that we have on campus so they can be more involved and have fun while they still go to college.”

Position appointed by elected SGA Executive Board.

Milena Viveros will serve as secretary for the 2011-2012 Miami Dade College’s West Campus SGA. VIVEROS Promises: “I want to be someone the students can come to with any concern they may have and I want to make sure they know what we do for them. I am very excited for this year. I know it is going to be unforgettable.”


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