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Omar Ramirez, student body president candidate

Major(s)/Minor(s)  Social Work/ Women’s & Gender Studies

What do you plan to do after graduation?  I have three options for after undergrad. 1) attend grad school for a MSW. 2) Attend a dual program of MSW & JD. 3) Commission as an officer in the Active Duty U.S. Army.

What does it mean to be a 49er?  A 49er is someone who bleeds green. A 49er leads by example and is fully committed to UNC Charlotte!

Why are you running for Student Body President?  I’m running for Student Body President because UNC Charlotte is in dire need of an exceptional student leader on and off campus and I believe I am that leader.

How did you select your running mate?  I approached a friend who I’ve known since our freshman year at Charlotte. She too has been heavily involved with student organizations and was elected the sophomore class president. I firmly believe she makes the perfect running mate for me because we compliment one another. I’m more extroverted where as she is introverted.

Who is your role model and why?  Besides my mother, my role model is Bell Hooks. Her literature has opened my eyes and broadened my perspective on life, politics and self-identity.

Describe yourself in the length of a tweet (140 characters).  I am an optimist, thinker and social justice seeker. I am unafraid of what lies in the unknown and a family-oriented type of guy. I am a 49er.


Briana Cragwell, student body vice president candidate

Major(s)/Minor(s)  Communications with a concentration in Public Advocacy, minor in Public Health.

What do you plan to do after graduation?  I plan on participating in Master’s International, a Peace Corps opportunity where you get to integrate a master’s degree with overseas service. I hope to serve as youth development volunteer hopefully in South or Central America.

What does it mean to be a 49er?  Being a 49er means spending countless hours in Club Atkins, accepting that you’ll never get signal in Fretwell, searching for DB, meeting new people, trips to Amelies, creating lifetime relationships. But most importantly being a Niner means being proud of our school, getting involved and leaving traces of our legacies behind.

Why did you agree to run for office with your running mate?  First, I was honored that Omar Ramirez chose me as a running mate. He is an exceptional leader on and off campus, he is someone that I respect and I am proud to be on his ticket. We both are passionate about our school and our peers and we genuinely want to make UNC Charlotte a better establishment so that everyone has the ultimate 49er Experience.

If elected, what do you hope to do for the student body?  I hope to change student’s perspective on SGA by advocating for more student involvement and interaction between students so that we can become unified. Most importantly I hope to start building traditions and creating an identity so that UNC Charlotte is no longer in the shadows of Chapel Hill, State etc.

Who is your role model and why?  My role model is myself 10 years from now. Right now I am planting the seeds for my future. I strive to be a better person daily, so that 10 years from now all of my goals will be achieved, I don’t want to imitate myself after anyone, because I can’t be anyone else but myself. So I chose to chase after the person I aspire to be, so that I can become my own role model

Describe yourself in the length of a tweet (140 characters).  Calm, Cool and Collected. #Ramwell


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 edencreamer@gmail.com