They sit at the computer in the Interfraternity Council (IFC) office nestled into the Student Government and Organizations Complex of the Student Union.
James Shaw, vice president of scholarship for IFC, scrolls on the computer while Brady Nails, IFC president, sits next to him speaking. Nails smiles as he cracks a joke and Shaw looks over and laughs.
Meet Student Body President Elect Brady Nails and his Vice President James Shaw. The pair have been friends for years and while they have known about their newest ventures at UNC Charlotte for less than a month, they’ve already jumped in.
The pair will be sworn in Thursday, April 11, at 5 p.m. in the Student Union.
Even before the swearing in, they started working to assemble their cabinet for the 2013-14 academic year.
“We’ve been meeting with people since [the results were announced],” Nails laughs. “There is a lot to be done now.”
Nails and Shaw met years before college began during their driver’s education classes.
“James is a better driver. He can drive as well backwards as I can forwards,” Nails smiles as he looks over at Shaw, who looks at his lap and smiles as he shakes his head.
Neither of these Niners are spending their time at the university the way they had originally planned.
Nails began at UNC Charlotte as a philosophy major. He says this was slightly influenced by his family, a relative working as a philosophy professor. He has since switched to History major, saying the classes interest him more and better prepare him for a future in law school.
“I think I’m one of the few people who plan to practice law after school, too,” Nails adds.
Shaw transferred to UNC Charlotte after spending time studying at Virginia Tech. His move to UNC Charlotte was based on the banking atmosphere of the city and the program available at the university.
“Brady, you know, being an OC he really talked up the university’s program,” said Shaw, glancing over at his friend.
“I OCed for the Belk College of Business,” Nails added.
Shaw nodded and continued, saying that the banking community of uptown Charlotte added to the university’s program and helped draw him in to join the Finance program with the Belk College of Business.
Both members of IFC, the newest additions to the Student Government Association (SGA) are both brothers in campus fraternity chapters. Nails is involved with Sigma Phi Epsilon while Shaw is a brother in Lambda Chi Alpha.
Both say Greek life and the Greek community of UNC Charlotte are large parts of their lives.
“I don’t think I’d be the person I am or where I am today without going Greek,” said Nails.
Shaw nods his head in agreement as Nails discusses the influence his fraternity has had in his life.
Throughout the conversation, Nails continues to say that he is a Carolina boy. He passionately discusses North Carolina and the Charlotte area, even proudly saying that his beer of choice, Red Oak, is brewed not even two hours from Charlotte.
Both balance their fraternity involvement, work with IFC and now SGA with social lives. Their positions with IFC will continue into the end of the fall 2013 semester, and they say juggling both IFC and SGA will be a challenge.
“It’ll be fun though,” Nails says, catching Shaw’s eye and smiling.
The friends laugh, joking together. The atmosphere in the office is lighthearted and the pair have a functional and open working relationship. Their real work hasn’t started yet.
The meetings they’ve gone through and the discussions they’ve had thus far are all preparation for what is yet to come for Nails and Shaw, student body president and vice president for the 2013-14 academic year.