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Venson Nunnaley, student body president candidate

Major(s)/Minor(s)  Public Health/Biology

What do you plan to do after graduation?  I plan to attend graduate school and pursue my Master of Science in Health Administration, hopefully still as a Niner.

What does it mean to be a 49er?  A 49er is a person who is willing to sacrifice their personal resources to benefit the community even if it means forfeiting personal gain.  A Niner is looked up to and has great leadership qualities.  They show school spirit, aid fellow Niner’s to achieve academic excellence and let no one but themselves choose their fate.

Why are you running for Student Body President?  I am running for Student Body President because the SGA needs reform.  As publicized, the current student government is lacking in reliability and has not played an active role in their positions.  Sitting on the Campus Accessibility Advisory Committee as the Chancellor appointed student representative for the past year expedited my realization that I was the person that needed to take the initiative. I want to hold the SGA cabinet and seat members accountable for their role and commitment to the student body so that Charlotte will strive to become better.

If elected, what do you hope to do for the student body?  If elected I will be a better voice for the student body.  If a concern arises, it will not be ignored, available options will be explored and then the best option will be identified in order to pursue a solution.  I would like to see more student involvement in SGA as well.  Having open senate seats in multiple colleges, and some colleges having no student senators, is a clear indication of the lacking association students have with the SGA.  By prioritizing student concerns and advocating for more student involvement the future of UNC Charlotte’s SGA would greatly benefit.

How did you select your running mate?  When considering running mates I knew my decision would be based on two factors.  Primarily I wanted someone who was disciplined in all his or her work and someone who possesses great leadership qualities.  Secondly, I was looking for a person with little or no SGA experience, because with my involvement I could see that SGA reform was necessary and an upmost priority.  After contemplating these needs, the decision was easy. Ann Elise Pennington had been in multiple classes of mine and was always a hard working student.  As I became closer to her over the past year, I found she was involved in multiple leadership roles within her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi and currently serves on the Greek week executive board.  Not only is she someone who is involved and dedicated, but someone who I know I can trust and UNC Charlotte can trust too.

Who is your role model and why?  To limit a role model to person is too much to ask, my role model is any person willing to sacrifice their well-being to benefit others.  In my opinion, the hardest characteristic for a person to withhold is selflessness.  Anyone who is able to distinguish the human nature of conceitedness should be a role model to anyone.

Describe yourself in the length of a tweet (140 characters).  I am a dedicated, outgoing leader. I have a passion for helping others, even if it doesn’t seem possible. I always work hard and execute tasks.


Ann Elise Pennington, student body vice president candidate

Major(s)/Minor(s)  Major: Public Health. Minor: Psychology

What do you plan to do after graduation?  After graduation, I plan on attending physician’s assistant school. Ever since I was a young I knew I wanted to be in the healthcare field, and being a physician’s assistant seemed to be the right path for me. I have a passion for caring for people and I feel like this career path will allow me to do this on a regular basis.

What does it mean to be a 49er?  Being a Niner means to have pride and passion in UNC Charlotte. Niners are always willing to jump at an opportunity especially when it is to the benefit of the school. Niners show school spirit no matter what, and are die hard fans no matter the outcome.

Why did you agree to run for office with your running mate?  The opportunity to represent UNC Charlotte would be nothing less than an honor. With a growing campus, there are increasing opportunities for the student body and the chance that I would have to improve the student body participation with these opportunities has become a passion of mine.  This will be through better organizing our growing athletics, increasing spirit on campus and bettering communication between organizations and the student body so that students can act on opportunities available.

If elected, what do you hope to do for the student body?  I want to act as the liaison between student government and the entirety of the student body. As Charlotte grows, the dynamic of campus will as well. I want the concerns of students to be heard, which will be my priority. For example, with growing athletics, the design of the ticket system needs to be addressed as well as the dynamic of game days. With bettering the system, I hope that attendance to all sporting events as well as school spirit on campus will increase. I also want to help smaller organizations grow. Some organizations have the desires to do big things but cannot. I believe that most of these opportunities are missed because the lack of knowledge to what the SGA can offer to these groups.

Who is your role model and why?  My mom is my role model. She is my best friend and I look up to her every day. My mom always has the right answer to any question, and great direction when I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. Her faith is unbeatable and she is always willing to help others. If I am ever able to be half the woman she is today, I will more than content.

Describe yourself in the length of a tweet (140 characters).  I am easy going funny, friendly, confident, understanding and helpful. I love being with my friends and family, just enjoying their company.

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