2/27/01

Theresa Swope

RIDDICK-SEALS ELECTED AU SGA PRESIDENT IN RUN-OFF ELECTION

AUBURN -- Brandon Riddick-Seals of Enterprise defeated Andy Redman of Baton Rouge, La.., in Monday's run-off for the presidency of the Auburn University Student Government Association.

It was the second consecutive year the top office in the AU SGA was decided by a run- off. A run-off was declared between Riddick-Seals, a junior majoring in building science, and Redman, a junior in management information systems, after neither candidate received a majority in the original three-man race last week.

Brandon Wilson, a junior majoring in corporate journalism from Birmingham, finished third in last week's original polling with 28 percent of the vote to Riddick-Seals' 39 percent and Redman's 33 percent.

Riddick-Seals, who becomes only the third African-American to hold the top SGA post at Auburn, is a member of the War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen and chair of the Student Interest Committee. He served as an SGA senator and Chaplain last year and has served on the Vice President for Student Affairs Search Committee and the Student Planning Committee for a New Student Union.

In other election results from last week, Lauren Bricken of Duluth, Ga., was chosen as Miss Auburn and Napo Monasterio of Asturias, Spain, was elected editor of The Auburn Plainsman, the award-winning student newspaper at AU.

Bricken, a sophomore majoring in marketing, is a member of the Student Alumni Board and Project Uplift, secretary of Lambda Sigma, and co-director of the Campus Crusade for Christ Conference.

Monasterio, a junior in journalism and mass communications, won with 53 percent of the votes to challenger Ryan Lee's 47 percent. Monasterio began his Plainsman career as a features staff writer and Honors Eagle editor-in-chief in 1999-2000. This year, he is the assistant copy editor and assistant photo editor. He has also served as a Camp War Eagle counselor and a student recruiter.

In other races, SGA Vice President Michael Solomon and Glomerata Editor Memorie Nichols ran uncontested. Solomon is a junior from LaGrange, Ga., majoring in human resources management. Nichols, a junior from Opelika, is a student in the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

Ceddrick Mack, a public relations junior from Greenville, was elected SGA treasurer with a landslide 62 percent of the votes.

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CONTACT: AU SGA Office, 334/844-4240.