Student Government Senate election results were announced at the Rock in front of over 50 students from various schools, organizations and constituents who came to see who would represent their voices.
The Senate will welcome 14 new members who will be sworn in at next Wednesday’s senate meeting. Thirteen are returning members who have either retained their seat or are now occupying a different position.
The results came after an election process that took place from Monday to Wednesday, with 2,681 votes cast in total. Students can vote for multiple positions, and the elections committee estimated that around 725 students voted.
Speaker of the Senate Jeffery Sznapstajler, who leads the weekly Senate meetings, is excited to welcome all new and returning members.
“It feels great to have new people. New people means new ideas and it’s never a bad thing to have new ideas,” Sznapstajler said. “I expect them, through innovative thinking, to keep pushing the university in a forward direction that represents the Hurricanes’ spirit.”
The newly elected senators will learn what is expected of them next Wednesday and the returning members are excited to retain their seats and bring more ideas to Senate.
“I’m ecstatic,” said Jackie Safstrom, a commuter senator who was re-elected to the position she has held since last year. “I feel honored and privileged that my constituency voted for me again and gave me another chance to serve them once more.”
The voting process also yielded good news for Distraction Magazine and Ibis Yearbook. As per the referendum submitted, the Student Activity Fee will be raised by $1 each, with the proceeds going to the respective organizations in order to continue a rich tradition on campus.
The Distraction Magazine referendum passed by 53 to 47 percent and the Ibis Yearbook referendum passed by 59 percent to 41 percent.
“I am very happy, because it ensures the publication will continue long after I’m gone,” Rori Kotch, the editor-in-chief of Distraction magazine said.
The elected senators are as follows (* indicates a new senator):
College of Arts and Sciences Senator
Jacob Rudolph and Josh Zuchniarz
David Mejia, Adrian Nunez* and Jacqueline Safstrom
Fraternity Row Senator
Freshmen Class Senator
Meredith Woods Morris* and Shiyi Liu*
Frost School of Music Senator
Hecht Residential College Senator
Junior Class Senator
Kristin Cilluffo and Emeline Savidge*
Mahoney Residential College Senator
Pearson Residential College Senator
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Senator
School of Architecture Senator
School of Business Administration Senator
School of Communication Senator
School of Education and Human Development Senator
School of Nursing and Health Studies Senator
Senior Class Senator
Melissa Wyatt and Charlotte Gerrity
Sophomore Class Senator
Jaclyn Wohn* and Henson Destine
Stanford Residential College Senator
University Village Senator
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