SMC prepares for student body presidential elections
Emilie Kefalas | Friday, February 28, 2014
Tickets for student government “Big Board” and Class Board elections at Saint Mary’s were in full campaign mode Thursday following Wednesday’s student body president and vice president campaign speeches, assistant director of Student Involvement and Multicultural Services Graci Martsching said.
“Elections are a vital part of the Saint Mary’s experience,” Martsching said. “Nearly every aspect of a student’s Saint Mary’s experience is impacted by the people who are elected to the Big Boards, which include Class Boards, Student Diversity Boars, Student Activities Board and Residence Hall Association.”
The students elected to each position will choose campus events, the students’ educational experiences and the initiatives to push in residences halls, Martsching said.
Current student body president Kathleen Sullivan said voting will officially take place from 12:01 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. She said each ticket must win a majority vote, and the candidates-elect will be notified of results next Friday.
“It is interesting observing these elections because I can tell that all candidates are passionate about the positions they are running for,” Sullivan said. “My advice to these candidates is to keep the fire burning. Your passion for Saint Mary’s is electric. If you’re excited about what you’re doing, chances are the student body will be excited as well.”
Sullivan said she has loved working with an organization of almost 50 members while helping contribute to the betterment of the College during her time as student body president.
“I’m very proud of the work we have done this year, and I look forward to seeing what future administrations accomplish,” she said.
Lauren Osmanski said she and Tori Wilbraham, candidates for president and vice president of the class of 2015, promise to give back to Saint Mary’s by serving both their class and the campus community as a whole.
“Saint Mary’s has given us so much,” Osmanski said. “We love the class of 2015 and believe that we can make this year our best year yet.
“We want to unite our senior class in creating memories for year to come. This is something the both of us have wanted to do for a long time, and since it is our last year we want to seize the opportunity.”
Osmanski said a main goal for her platform is to involve and integrate the class of 2015 in every decision made under her and Wilbraham’s leadership..
“As the voice for our senior class, our main goal is to take the traditional events and make them personal for our class,” Osmanski said. “We want to embrace all the relationships that have been made and create events to celebrate these special bonds.”
Also running for the president and vice president of the class of 2015 are junior nursing majors and roommates Chloe Deranek and Emily Getz. Deranek said she and Getz saw a need for change in how every student is represented in her class.
“We wanted to run because we saw a need for a change, and we really want to give every single person in our class a voice and also keep events down to a minimum cost-wise,” Deranek said. “We saw a need for it in our class, a need to make a change and have a good senior year.”
Sullivan acknowledged the importance of addressing a variety of issues and initiatives on campus and said she looks forward to seeing the candidates’ plans come to fruition.
“It’s important for students to realize that they have a voice,” she said. “As a student body, we chose who represents Saint Mary’s.”