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Students can log onto VIP to vote in the Student Government elections today through 5 p.m. Wednesday. Students can also fill out write-in ballots in the Campus Life Center in the Russell House between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today and Wednesday. President, vice president, treasurer and senator positions are up for grabs. Also, a referendum that would amend the current Student Body Constitution to combine the Graduate Student Association and SG is up for a vote. Each student may only vote once. Check out to read candidate profiles and endorsements.

Jesus for SG president?

A mock Student Government campaign poster advertising Jesus Christ’s run for student body president appeared on Greene Street alongside legitimate banners over the weekend. The sign depicted Jesus walking on water and reaching out to Cocky, and the text included a sexual innuendo. It was torn down before 11 a.m. Monday. Past SG campaigns have seen their fair share of joke posters and candidacies.


Student Government elections are almost here, and in today’s edition we give you in-depth looks at each candidate for executive office and their platforms. Our editorial board also spent time with each candidate, and our choices for office are inside on the Viewpoints page. Voter turnout in these elections is historically low. In fact, only 20 percent of students take time to vote some years. But these student body officers control hundreds of thousands of dollars, represent the student body at hundreds of events and are the primary catalysts for new student initiatives on campus. It’s easy to vote. Voting for student body executives and student senate opens on VIP at 9 a.m. Feb. 15 and ends at 5 p.m. Feb. 16. The Student Government Elections ballot can be found underneath the “Personal” tab on VIP. Write-in ballots may be cast in room 227 in the Russell House. In addition to SG officers, you will also be able to vote on a new SG constitution. This proposed amendment to the SG Constitution will merge the Graduate Student Association and Student Government and create a “stronger voice for graduate students, who are woefully underrepresented in our current government system” said GSA President Ben Bullock. Should it pass, SG will become a bicameral legislature with both a graduate and undergraduate branch. Both would have vice presidents with equal power in the organization.


Jadeveon Clowney, the top-ranked football recruit in the nation, will announce his college decision today at 10:15 at South Point High in Rock Hill. Clowney will choose between USC, Clemson and Alabama. He is expected to choose the Gamecocks. See tomorrow’s edition of The Daily Gamecock for full coverage.