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Class election results revealed

| Thursday, February 20, 2014

The winning tickets for the Notre Dame student body class councils were announced at midnight in the third floor of the LaFortune Student Center.

The winning senior class council ticket, which ran unopposed, consists of president Martin Walsh, vice president Briggs Hoyt, secretary Robert Reed and treasurer Devin Nagendran.

Senior class president-elect Walsh said he and his running mates, all from Keenan Hall, devised a peculiar strategy to come up with ideas for class events.

“Briggs and I will get our best ideas right before we go to sleep, ideas tend to just flow, so we’ve found that’s the time to best come up with ideas to serve our class,” Walsh said. “Barn dance, for one, was a product of [late-night discussion], as was the idea to have a concert featuring local South Bend talent.”

Senior class secretary-elect Reed said seniors can expect other new events as well.

“We’re looking forward to planning a 24-hour dance marathon, a charity event common at other universities,” Reed said.

The winning junior class ticket also ran uncontested, with Zachary Waterson as president, Michael Fliotsos as vice president, Miranda Herrara as secretary and Andrew Stoker as treasurer.

Junior class president-elect Waterson said he looks forward to collaborating with groups around campus.

“I think that there’s a lot of opportunity given that the junior class is in a special position because there are fewer juniors on campus,” Waterson said. “The official program of each student body council is to bring together their respective class through activities like dances, study breaks and class apparel. We want to focus on co-programming between multiple clubs and dorms.“

No ticket won a majority of the vote in the sophomore class council election, which will result in a runoff election on Friday, Feb. 21.

Out of four original tickets, the two tickets remaining tickets will be that of Noemi Ventilla, Michael Markel, Neil Joseph and Eva Niklinska, which received 43.03 percent of the votes and that of Andrew Galo, Michaela McInerney, Vincent Vangaever and Daniel Barabasi, which received 24.49 precent of the votes.

Ventilla, presidential candidate of the leading ticket said she and her running mates plan to simply wait and see.

“At this point, both tickets would do a great job, so we’re just going to wait to see what will happen,” Ventilla said.

Galo, presidential candidate of the second-place ticket, said he and his running mates were glad to be part of the run-off.

“We’re excited to move on,” Galo said. “Obviously, either one of us will do a great job.”

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