Hall president re-elected for second term in office

President said she would like the organization to branch out more.

Junior Stella Shaw was voted president of Residence Hall Association for the second year in a row, defeating freshman Laura Smith, the current RHA secretary.

Shaw said winning the election was overwhelming.

"The emotions are unexplainable," she said. "I was up against some tough competition."

Smith said that there is a possibility she will run for office in the future, but she said she is currently looking into leadership roles with different groups.

"There are other organizations on campus where I plan to offer my service," Smith said. "I will definitely remain active in the residence halls."

Shaw said she learned a great deal during her past year as president and enjoyed working with people within the organization who loved their jobs.

Shaw also said she plans to work with other organizations and keep RHA progressively improving and running smoothly.

"With the skills and the relationships I've built, I feel that those are tangible goals," she said.

Nominations for other executive board positions and committees were secured at Thursday's meeting.

Nominees include sophomore Justin Bryant for vice-president, freshman Laura Mathes for secretary, freshman William Malone for RHA activities chair and freshman Brett Mock for issues and facilities chair.

Positions for treasurer and public relations chair will be filled in the fall semester.

Bryant's goals include altering the RHA Web site to make it more user-friendly and knowledgeable, while ensuring RHA representatives receive the recognition they deserve.

"I feel that RHA has given me so much that it is time that I give back to it," Bryant said in his bid. "I am not a person that does a lot of talking. I prefer to let my actions do the talking for me."


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