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Mar 02 2016

Image Discovery Week: Campaigns, Elections, and Voting!

In honor of Image Discovery Week at Design, we would like to take a moment to highlight some of our image resources from our Rare and Unique Materials. The University Archives Photograph Collection contains a wealth of information about university history and student life,  including images of the Student Government elections. Check out these images of students campaigning and voting in elections past.

Ron Jessup campaigning for Student Body President, 1974

Students voting, 1977

Campaign sign for Rusty Mau and Devon Riley, 2014

Eric Plow campaigning for Student Body President, 1970-1971

Students voting, 1982

Apr 20 2015

New Interviews Added to Student Leadership Initiative

Three new video oral histories have been added to the Student Leadership Initiative, which chronicles the experiences and impact of former North Carolina State University student leaders. People recently interviewed are Wesley A. McClure (Student Body President, 1967-1969), Stephen G. Rea (Student Body Treasurer, 1980-1981), and the Honorable Ronald E. Spivey (Student Body President, 1981-1982).  Excerpts of the videos are available online.

Wesley A. McClure interview

In his interview Wes McClure discusses the adoption, in 1969, of a new Student Government constitution that is still in effect today. He talks about the beginnings of  the Free Expression Tunnel and student reactions to the 1960s North Carolina Speakers Ban.  He also describes the School of Design in the 1960s. After graduation from NC State in 1969 McClure became an architect, and he was a principal of McClure Hopkins Architects and other firms.  He and his wife are founders of Savvy Parrot, Inc., the developer of “Adventures on Pepi’s Island,” a web-based social emotional learning software.

Steven G. Rea interview

In his interview Steve Rea discusses building consensus in Student Government and working on such hard issues as student fee increases.  He also talks about mentors and his leadership role in the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the importance those had on his career.  After earning both bachelor and master degrees from NC State, Rea worked at Carolina Power & Light and then Heyward Incorporated, where he has been most recently the Senior Vice President for Power Capital Sales.

Ronald E. Spivey interview

In his interview Judge Ron Spivey discusses working with administrators to expand operation hours of  a campus snack bar and a gym. He talks about serving as the student member of the Board of Trustees, opening lines of communication with students, and meeting such influential people as Roy H. Park and Gov. Jim Hunt.  He also recounts the start of the desk-signing tradition of Student Body Presidents.  After graduating from NC State in 1982, Spivey earned a law degree, and later he became a North Carolina District Court judge and a Superior Court judge.

Since its launch in 2010, the Student Leadership Initiative has sought ways in which to more fully connect users with university history, enrich university archives by adding personal narratives, and positively impact learning and research in the NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center. This multi-year program has chronicled the experiences and impact of former student leaders through the collection of video oral histories and the development of interactive virtual and physical exhibits, with the ultimate aim being to better expose how the college career informs a life.

Sep 25 2012

(Almost) this day in NC State history: Jim Hunt becomes Student Body President

Contributed by Samantha Rich

James B. Hunt

James B. Hunt

Fifty-five years (and 3 days) ago, Governor James Baxter Hunt, Jr. became student body president of NC State. Originally elected vice-president of Student Government in the spring 1957 election, Hunt assumed the presidential position when senior Fred Houtz did not return to the college in the fall.

Hunt was the second junior to serve as president and the second student to serve two presidential appointments; in spring 1958, Hunt campaigned for a second term, which he won by more than 1,000 votes. In addition to Student Government, Hunt also served as editor of The Agriculturist and held membership in many honor societies, including the Order of Thirty and Three and Blue Key.

Recently, staff members from the NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center conducted an oral history interview with Governor Hunt as a part of the Libraries’ ongoing Student Leadership Initiative. During the interview, Hunt described how what he learned at NC State aided him as he continued his long career in politics.

To learn more about Governor Hunt or other NC State student body presidents, please visit Historical State. Be sure to also check out the Libraries’ website to keep up with the latest updates about the progress of the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus.

May 22 2012

Spotlight on Student Leaders: Rajesh Mirchandani and Adam Compton

Contributed by Samantha Rich

Staff members from the NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center recently sat down with former NC State Student Body President Raj Mirchandani (1999-2000) and Senior Class President Adam Compton (2009) to discuss their time as student leaders at NC State.

Raj Mirchandani

Raj Mirchandani

Raj Mirchandani recalled there was “one driving force” that influenced his decision to attend NC State: the university’s location in the state capital, Raleigh. Mirchandani, who was interested in politics, stated, “I felt like if I was there I might have more opportunities to do some of the things that were important to me and looking back on it, it paid off.” The political science major became interested in Student Government in high school and he took his interest with him to NC State when he entered as a freshman in the spring. Because he missed freshmen Student Senate elections in the fall, Mirchandani approached then-Student Body President Chad Myers (1997-1998) about accepting an appointed position to the Senate.

Mirchandani reflected on many aspects of his experiences with Student Government, including his administration’s emphasis on Hillsborough Street revitalization, the introduction of a late night bussing system (known as the Werewolf), and lobbying against tuition increases at the state legislature. He also discussed some of his greatest challenges, his proudest accomplishments, and his relationship with Dr. Thomas Stafford, vice chancellor of Student Affairs, whom he cited as a mentor.

Adam Compton

Adam Compton

In addition to serving as president of the 2009 senior class, Adam Compton served as a Student Senator and as treasurer of Student Government (2006-2007). For Compton, membership in the Senate was “a really cool opportunity, it was a great chance to meet other people that were passionate about NC State, it was a chance to meet administrators and talk to administrators as well as a chance to talk to my peers about what’s affecting them and what changes they would like to see, and it was a really good learning experience.” As a sophomore Senator, Compton dealt with the theft of student basketball tickets, an incident that he referred to as “Voucher Gate,” and the problems associated with tuition increases. Compton also discussed what he considers to be his greatest accomplishment as a student leader, Student Government election reform, which included reduced campaigning time and fewer voting days.

Compton, who began the interview reflecting upon the challenges of his freshman year and his brief consideration of transferring to Virginia Tech, closed the interview saying, “My student experience has really changed my life…I love this university so much because of all the great things it’s given me.”

To learn more about Rajesh Mirchandani, Adam Compton, or other NC State student leaders, please visit Historical State or stop by the NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center.

Nov 14 2011

Student legislation brings echoes of the past

Contributed by Samantha Rich

Protesters gathered outside of the General Assembly Legislative Building on Halifax Mall on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, © 2011 NCSU Student Media

Protesters gathered outside of the General Assembly Legislative Building on Halifax Mall on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, © 2011 NCSU Student Media

Recent vandalism to the N.C. State GLBT Center in Harrelson Hall has prompted the university community to create a dialogue on hate crimes and campus diversity. Amidst discussion of support of the GLBT community, N.C. State Student Government passed a bill expressing disapproval of N.C.’s amendment 1, which, if passed in May, will declare gay marriage illegal in North Carolina.

This is not the first time students have passed legislation related to marriage in North Carolina. On November 7, 1957 the North Carolina State Student Legislative Assembly met in Raleigh to conduct a mock assembly. Approximately 250 students from colleges across North Carolina, including N.C. State College Student Body President Jim Hunt, and then Vice President Eddie Knox, attended the meetings at the State Capitol. During the course of the three-day assembly, legislators passed a resolution that called for all states to rescind laws against interracial marriage.

Politicians throughout North Carolina expressed displeasure with the student legislators, specifically the bill related to interracial marriage. Representative Harold Cooley stated, “You have shocked the sensibilities of our people. I regret very much the actions taken by this assembly. NC Governor Luther Hodges declared the assembly displayed “immaturity” in its actions and called for future review of student legislative business prior to its presentation to the press. Additionally, on November 13, 1957, W.S. Hamilton, a North Carolina superintendent, wrote a letter to UNC Consolidated University President William Friday stating: “I am in agreement with Representative Harold D. Cooley and numerous newspaper editors throughout North Carolina that the state student legislature should adopt a more constructive agenda or adjourn permanently….It is obvious that the state student legislature is in need of much closer faculty supervision.”

While the student legislators received little support from the political community, N.C. State Chancellor Carey Bostian openly supported the actions of the students. In a letter to William Friday dated November 12, 1957, Bostian declared, “I urge that no attempts be made to restrict the freedom of students to assemble and discuss any items which they consider to be pertinent to our current problems…Delegates from State College go uninstructed and should be free to debate any topics they choose.”

The shared experiences of the 2011 Student Government and the 1957 North Carolina Student Legislative Assembly demonstrates that N.C. State students have a history of promoting diversity within North Carolina legislation. Current student leaders should take comfort knowing many students and alumni before them have tread the same difficult path.

To learn more about the North Carolina Student Legislative Assembly or to view the documents described above, please visit Special Collections.

Citations:Technician (7 November 1957, 11 November 1957, 14 November 1957); W.S. Hamilton to William Friday (13 November 1957), North Carolina State University, Office of the Chancellor, Carey Hoyt Bostian Records, UA 002.001.003, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC; Carey Bostian to William Friday (12 November 1957), North Carolina State University, Office of the Chancellor, Carey Hoyt Bostian Records, UA 002.001.003, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC