The results for the 2015-16 Student Government Association (SGA) elections have been announced, with over 2,000 members of the student body participating in elections.
On the ballot this year were changes to the Student Body Constitution, including no longer requiring a 10 percent vote of the student body to impeach within SGA, and no longer requiring a vote of the student body to make future amendments to the Student Body Constitution.
These changes did not pass with a two-third vote of the voting body, with 617 of 1,744 participating students voting against the constitution amendments.
Mitch Daratony and Jared Dobbertin were elected student body president and vice president, receiving 1445 votes out of 2040 cast (70 percent). Of their win, Daratony says, “All the hard work definitely came through … Niner Nation pulled together. I would like to say thank you to Greek Life organizations, the individual voters, everyone I saw on the voting days when I was walking around.”
Dobbertin plans to make sure to improve on previous administrations in the senate, saying, “We need to think about the best way that SGA can reach the student body.”
Upon swearing in, the pair will immediately begin working toward the plans on their platform, targeting new and incoming students to get them involved on campus. “SOAR is coming up, and we have to work through all the logistics of the break out sessions,” said Daratony. “All the talk of the traditions, jerseys, tailgating, we have to get right on that to get stuff ready for the new year.”
The following were voted to serve as senators for Belk College of Business: Brandon Maddux (157 of 372), Cole Binkley (156 of 372 votes), Spencer Kwolyk (149 of 372 votes), Jake Granger (138 of 372 votes) and Anthony Rizol (120 of 372 votes cast).
The senators for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are: Amber Creft (262 of 589 votes), Matthew Washington (260 of 589 votes), Bryan McCollom (245 of 589 votes), Somgolie Ozodigwe (243 of 589 votes), Tracey Allsbrook (241 of 589 votes), Brijesh Kishan (231 of 589 votes) and Bridget Ogburu-Ogbonnaya (225 of 589 votes).
For the College of Health and Human Services, the following were elected as senators: Maressa Rogers (175 of 238 votes) and Obed Ohia (98 of 238 votes).
William States E. Lee College of Engineering elected the following senator: Taylor McLeod (128 of 128 votes).
In the College of Computing and Informatics, the following individual was elected senator: Alex Rodriguez (62 of 62 votes).
For University College, the following was elected senator: Kelsey Summey (181 of 181 votes).
No candidates were elected senator for the College of Arts and Architecture and College of Education.
Senior class president for 2015-16 will be Joe Slivka (320 of 598 votes), junior class president will be Baxter Fricks (514 of 514 votes) and sophomore class president will be Hallie Booe (224 of 574 votes).
All elected individuals will be sworn in in two weeks.