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Steven Serio, student body president candidate

Major(s)/Minor(s)  Finance Major, Management Information Systems Minor, Entrepreneurial Certificate

What do you plan to do after graduation?  Currently, I have an internship with Bank of America so hopefully the internship can lead to a full time position once I graduate in their financial sector.

What does it mean to be a 49er?  To be a 49er means that you are an innovator, a leader, ambitious and passionate. Everyone that comes to Charlotte “Stakes their Claim” and creates their own experience and definition of what it is to be a 49er.

Why are you running for Student Body President?  I am running for Student Body President because I want to be the voice for all students at Charlotte and serve them by increasing their overall experience at the university. Being Student Body President has been a goal of mine since I attended SOAR in the summer of 2011. Also, I know what it takes to be successful in the position. After serving two terms on the Executive Branch as Secretary for Internal Affairs and currently the Junior Class President, I understand the responsibilities and duties it take to be president.

If elected, what do you hope to do for the student body?   With my past experience in SGA, I know what can and can not be done by seeing, first hand, many ideas fail because they are not feasible. I can say that I promise more parking for students or to change the student tailgating lot for football, but I have been in meetings in the past where those objectives have been discussed but are not feasible moving forward.

With that being said, some things that I hope to do if elected president is to overhaul and update the university website, create traditions by forming Student committees and focus groups, bring back the Alma Mater to sporting events, improve academic advising from student input, strive to have a more “college town” feel on campus by bringing a “Main Street” on to campus and reach out to the Charlotte community by building our relationship with the city.

How did you select your running mate?  I selected Ruthie because of her leadership skills as well as having two years of experience in Senate. Not many people know this, but the Student Body Vice President is also the President of the Student Senate, and with her experience I know she is highly capable of being an effective leader. She is also in organizations such as Leadership Fellows and a LEAD counselor. Also, Ruthie and I work very well together and I have known her since freshman year.

Who is your role model and why?  My role model is my Dad. He has always been an inspiration to me because he is a hard worker, ambitious, innovative and he believes in me and backs me through all my endeavors. He is always there to guide me and help me on this crazy path that is life.

Describe yourself in the length of a tweet (140 characters).

I’m the current Junior Class President, Finance Major and have 2+ years of SGA experience. I enjoy golfing, fishing and the beach.


Ruthie Schorr, student body vice president candidate

Major(s)/Minor(s) Major: Communications/Public Relations, Minor: Journalism

What do you plan to do after graduation?  I would like to volunteer, work for a non-profit organization for a while, or join the peace corps.

What does it mean to be a 49er?  I think that to be a 49er one must believe in the potential we have here at UNC Charlotte and make a conscious effort to be an active and positive member of our Charlotte community.

Why did you agree to run for office with your running mate?  Steven is a nice kid with big ideas and bleeds 49er green. He is an honest and fair leader, and I admire what he has done for our campus already. We have been good friends since we were freshman here at UNC Charlotte and I trust his judgment and character and vision for our university very much.

If elected, what do you hope to do for the student body?  I want to make sure we focus on making students time here at UNC Charlotte the most easy flowing and enjoyable four years of their life. I know it’s not something that can happen in a day or may be even a year but I think that there are actions our schools biggest student leaders can take to get us moving in the right direction. Addressing issues such as traffic on campus, the accessibility of the UNC Charlotte website, the process for registering for classes are just a few things that may be able to be addressed as issues for students if we just start asking the right questions and being innovative with our problem solving ideas.

Who is your role model and why?  I would have to say my father is my role model. Through everything he has personally been to he still everyday decides to dedicate his life to the well being and health of others. He has touched the lives of so many people with his hard work and perseverance and I admire him greatly for the wonderful legacy he has created. I hope that when I find myself in the post graduate world I will find a way to do work nearly as meaningful as my dad’s and be as successful as him in my personal and professional relationships.

Describe yourself in the length of a tweet (140 characters).  I am a hardworking, driven and organized leader. I am dependable and when I set a goal I will do everything in my power to accomplish it. 

Eden Creamer was the Editor-in-Chief for the Niner Times from May 2013 through April 2015. She graduated from UNC Charlotte in May 2015, receiving her degree in Communication Studies with minors in English, Journalism and Women's Studies. She now does freelance proofing, copywriting and design in the Charlotte area, and can be reached at