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Released Februrary 18, 2004

By David Tisdale

HATTIESBURG -- Walt Cain, a junior from Madison, pledged to make the interests of the student body his top priority following his election Tuesday as president of The University of Southern Mississippi Student Government Association.

Cain, an international studies major, learned he was the winner of the office Tuesday evening after results of the campus-wide election were announced by current SGA Election Commissioner Alex Thames.

"I'm honored and humbled," Cain said of his victory. "I'm excited about the future and what we can do to serve the students."

Mike Mitchell, assistant dean of students at Southern Miss, said turnout for the election was good and that the university consistently ranks in the top 15 percent of universities across the country in terms of student participation in campus elections.

More than 1,800 students cast their ballots Tuesday.

"We have an excellent percentage of students who come out to vote," Mitchell said.

In other elections results, Allison Gouaux, a junior communication major from Lockport, La., was elected SGA attorney general; Chad Cornett, a senior economics major from Brandon, was unopposed for the position of treasurer, as was Tansy Hall, a junior economics, finance and international business major from Blue Mountain, who will be the new election commissioner.

Keith Hembree, a sophomore biological sciences major from Pascagoula and Jonathon Krebs, a sophomore economics, finance and international business major from Hattiesburg, will meet in a runoff election Thursday, Feb. 19 for the office of SGA vice president.


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