Senate leaders to end service

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Joshua Sherrid

Student Governent Association Vice President Marcus McGuire (left) and President Cliff Maloney announced that they would not be seeking re-election for the coming semester. Maloney said he will continue to act as a mentor.

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Cliff Maloney and Marcus McGuire will not be seeking re-election as Pitt-Johnstown student government president and vice president, marking an end to the duo’s two-year stint.

They will hold their positions until April 8, when a new president and vice president are to be sworn in.

McGuire said it’s time for others to take over.

“We’ve done as much as we can,” he said. “We feel that others can take over and do just as good as a  job as we’ve done.”

Maloney agreed.

“I respect the position enough to know that this is my last year,” he said.

During his time in office, Maloney said he’s tried to give students a voice on campus when it comes to administrative decisions that affect them.

“I would argue that we have enacted a relationship with the university administration that demands respect in all discussions on campus.

“We no longer follow the guidelines of ‘It’s that way, because it’s always been that way.’ Questions are asked, and answers are publicized,” Maloney said.

McGuire said that, although he and Maloney will be stepping down, they aren’t done working for the student body.

“We’ll still be working on the wireless initiative … that’s the big one,” McGuire said.

The initiative began last fall when Maloney proposed a plan to UPJ President Jem Spectar to install wireless Internet across campus.

Once wireless routers are installed in the Living/Learning Center, freshmen residence halls and Willow Hall, the project will be complete. The expected completion date is in May, Maloney said.

McGuire also said he will encourage student senators to continue working on their individual initiatives.

Minus Maloney and McGuire, 27 senators are eligible to run for president in the upcoming election.

Student government guidelines state that only senators who have served for a year prior to the presidential election can run. Candidates must also have completed 30 college credits and have a 2.25 GPA.

Those who choose to run must have 250 students sign a petition supporting their candidacy.

The petitions are to be available March 23 and are due at  7p.m. March 30.

Polls are to be opened at 10 a.m. April 2 and to close at 10 p.m. April 3.

McGuire said so far he’s aware of two people who plan on running for president.

Senior Stephen Torquato said he will be running with sophomore Jacob Dunning as his vice president candidate.

Senior Mark Stephens said he will also be running with freshman Robert Lewis as his running mate.

McGuire said he expects more people to announce that they are running.

“I’ve heard that others may run, but the rest are rumors so far,” he said. “I think a lot of people are thinking about running.”

Maloney said that he’s willing to help the next student government president to help by answering questions about the position, noting that he would like to see one specific thing.

“My only hope is that they continue to push the idea of transparency and holding the administration accountable for their actions.”