Niner Palooza will once again be coming to campus Monday, March 26.
Niner Palooza is a series of events that gets students involved with the Student Government Association (SGA) annual spring elections, starting with a “Why Fair” and a session to meet and greet the candidates for the upcoming election, followed by the annual election debate which will be conducted by the SGA Board of Elections Monday at 5 p.m. in the Student Union rotunda. Free pizza and refreshments will be available to students at the debate.
The first event is the annual “Why Fair” for campus department, an opportunity for students to ask campus departments questions about why they exist on campus and what they can assist students with in the future.
The SGA candidates running in the election will also be present during this time, as Niner Palooza also serves as a final campaign event before online voting opens.
Goldfinger’s and FunOhCakes food trucks will be free for the first 150 students who arrive to the event.
One SGA presidential ticket, Niayai Lavien and Chandler Crean, say they couldn’t be more excited for Niner Palooza and debate.
“We’re looking forward to tabling and getting to know students on a personal level at the candidates fair,” Crean said.
Naiyai Lavien, who is running to be the student body president, added on to her running mate saying, “In the debate, Chandler and I are looking forward to hearing concerns and interacting with more students. Our platform #StrikeGold was created to increase student participation within the campus community and SGA. We aim to amplify student voice, increase transparency and address student concerns, and this debate and Niner Palooza is the perfect place to do just that.”
The other ticket running for student body president and vice president is just as enthusiastic about Niner Palooza. Mildred Martinez who is running for president and her running mate RJ Chisolm said they are looking forward to being able to talk to the other candidates, as well as meeting with students that they have yet to meet during the election and campaign cycle. They are also really excited for voting to start.
Niner Palooza will take place in the CHHS/COED plaza directly in front of the Student Union from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The election debate will follow taking place in the Student Union rotunda at 5 p.m.
The general election for SGA will begin Tuesday at midnight and conclude Wednesday at 5 p.m. Students can vote at Vote.Uncc.edu. The positions being elected include student body president and vice president, the senior, junior and sophomore class president and college senators as well as a vote on two constitutional amendments to the student body constitution proposed by the Senate.