Barbour, Sweat win

‘Bigger and Better’ campaign a winner for one contestantApparently, "Bigger Is Better." That was the winning slogan for Miss Grambling State University 2006-2007-elect, Charisma Sweat. Sweat is a 19-year-old native of Chicago majoring in mass communication. She campaigned along with seven other young ladies from 5 p.m. Tuesday until the polls closed at 5 p.m. on Friday. Sweat opened the week by arriving on Main Street atop a stretch Hummer. Members of her campaign entertained the crowd with a dance to Beyonce’s "Check On It." A’nefertiti Bowman, Kourtney Giles, Kamisha Harris, Tyerra Harris, Easter Jackson, Kimberly Johnson and Katrina Young were the seven unsuccessful candidates who campaigned to become the next Miss GSU. The candidates were brought into the Men’s Gym to hear the election results. "When I first heard the results, I was overjoyed," Sweat said. "Through the election I learned that hard work and dedication can really pay off. "My aunt, Marva Nicholls Nickelson, was my inspiration for running for Miss GSU. Having been a former Miss GSU 15 years ago, she has always encouraged me to be active in student affairs and reach for my goals." Tanisha Cousby, SGA Election Commissioner, said, "This was a very interesting race." Indeed, the candidates distributed everything from a television to tissue paper. Crystal Ballard, Marsha Cole, Senchal Davis, Teisha Hemphill all campaigned for Miss Senior, but Amber Johnson was the winner. Johnson, a psychology major, is a native of Hope, Ark. Natalia Stroman was elected Miss Junior ,while Guyla Wilkerson was chosen to reign as the sophomore class queen.Barbour ready to lead Student Government For the second year in a row, a female will lead the Student Government Association at Grambling State University. Her name is Alexier Barbour, and she is a 22-year-ol d marketing and business management major. Barbour said campaign week was hard. "I didn’t have a set show. I was honest with students. I wanted my peers to know my intentions." Her slogan for her campaign was "Bridging The Gap: Reclaiming Your Voice." One of Barbour’s goals is for the SGA to sponsor a career fair for all 68 degree programs. This newly elected officer says she debated whether to run for president. "Students have expectations that have not been met at this point. I remember seeing some young ladies crying about not having water on campus. That broke my heart, but it also helped me decide that I want to be here to help the students. "I will be here to serve the students through effective communication with our university’s administration." Barbour, along with all other SGA elected officers, will be sworn into office on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Grambling Hall Auditorium.SGA president Alexia Barbour…619SGA vice presidentDavid Orphey…481SGA treasurerKimberly Thomas…940SGA secretaryKrystal Franklin…455Senior class presidentArthur Devore…251Junior class presidentWhitney Moore-White…263Sophomore class presidentAlonzo Blalock…201Miss GramblingCharisma Sweat…372Miss SeniorAmber Johnson…178Miss JuniorNatalia Stroman…188Miss SophomoreGuyla Wilkerson…143