AGross-Belchticket is taking over student government at West Virginia University .

Pledging to get more students involved in the Student Government Association, juniors Jason Gross and Beth Belch won WVU ’s highest student offices this week.

With nearly 4,100 students voting, Gross, a mechanical and aerospace engineering double major from Morgantown , was elected SGA president, while Belch, an international studies and political science dual major from Uniontown , Pa. , was chosen vice president. The pair ran unopposed.

The student leaders with the last name combination that smacks of college humor bring serious experience to student governmentalong with diverse backgrounds to go with their new positions.

Gross has been involved with WVU ’s Microgravity Research Team, Honors College , Mountaineer Maniacs, Chimes and Tau Beta Pi engineering honoraries, and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

He served two years on the student Board of Governorshis second term as vice chairman. Among his achievements, he led fund-raising efforts, resulting in the endowment of the Student Memorial Scholarship Fund, and worked with University administrators to create a parking Web site, where students, faculty and staff could pay tickets and renew permits.

Belch’s resume includes two years on the student Board of Governors, working on issues ranging from dining services and child care to transportation and fund-raising for the Student Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Besides her involvement in student government, she has enjoyed serving as a resident assistant for two years at Brooke Tower and participating on the RA Council, Hall Council, Judicial Board, Student Advisory Board on Alcohol and Other Drugs, College Republicans and Mountaineer Maniacs.

Belch also contributed to Toy Mountain and Students Helping Other People, two student-driven programs that provide toys and other items to needy children during the holidays.

While Gross and Belch are the first to admit their names sound comical together, they say they are serious about being a voice for the student body. Topping their agenda is a survey to determine students’main concerns on campus.

First, we want to create a means of obtaining student feedback that will foster more student interest and student involvement in SGA ,Gross said.

Their plans also include maintaining a more interactive SGA Web site, pushing for another nationally recognized venue in the Mountainlair, renovating the Side Pocket and ensuring the completion of makeovers to the’Lair lounges.

Also, we plan to see the Alumni Networking Service initiated by two-time student governor Brent Hardman through fruition,Gross added.We feel that this is much needed addition to the career services offered at WVU .

WVU students also elected 15 Board of Governors members and two students to serve on the Athletic Council.

The winners are:


Danielle Boyd, a junior English major from Charleston

Chris Campo *, a sophomore finance major from Long Island , N.Y.

Kelli Casto, a freshman occupational therapy major from Clarksburg

EmilyChipsChiappazzi, a sophomore business and economics major from Erie , Pa.

Milisa Cutlip, a sophomore biology major from Paden City

Melanie Davis, a sophomore nursing major from Star City

L.G. Jackson, a sophomore accounting major from Hamlin

David Kirkpatrick, a junior finance major from Johnstown , Pa.

Matt Lee, a junior accounting major from St. Albans

Lindsey McIntosh ,* a freshman business major from Morgantown

Tommy Napier, a sophomore political science major from Kenova

Jason Parsons *, a freshman political science major from Seth

Whitney Rae Peters, a freshman public relations major from Madison , W.Va.

Chris Willis, a graduate student in industrial relations from Independence

Robby Zak, a sophomore political science major from Charleston


Ryan Hess, a junior civil engineering major from Morgantown

Jenny Wilson, a freshman political science major from Morgantown