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Saint Mary’s campaigns for student body president, vice president begin

| Monday, February 18, 2019

Two tickets began their race for Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president at midnight Monday.

Juniors Terra Nelson and Olivia Allen and juniors Emma Schmidt and Andrea Ruiz-Montoya are running for student body president and vice president, senior and current student body president Madeleine Corcoran said.

The two tickets will campaign Monday through Wednesday, participating in a debate Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Carroll Auditorium according to the 2019 student body election guidelines. Voting will take place Thursday, and the results will be announced Friday.

Nelson and Allen’s platform features several ideas that carry over from the current student government administration. Among them include adding a Blinkie tracking feature to the Saint Mary’s mobile app, BelleMobile, developing a weekly email entitled “This Week at SMC” to provide information on events on campus and expanding Munch Money usage.

Nelson and Allen also are introducing several of their own new ideas. Building off of Nelson’s work this past year as a co-chair for the Student Government Association mission committee and introducing Lemonade and Le Mans Mass, the ticket hopes to expand signature masses to every residence halls. The ticket’s platform also plans to improve student life by opening the Regina Hall parking lot to students and paving the grave parking lot, working with the College administration to offer mid-semester town hall with Interim President Nancy Nekvasil and building community by reworking First Year Orientation.

Schmidt and Ruiz-Montoya also hope to develop a “This Week at SMC” email and introduce a Blinkie tracking device for the Saint Mary’s mobile app. The ticket also plans to implement several measures surrounding mental health, including having an on-call counselor and emergency hours at the Health and Counseling Center, according to their platform.

Schmidt and Ruiz-Montoya’s other platform focal points include building better relations between students and Sodexo dining services, improving safety measures such as the blue light emergency system, continuing sustainability initiatives and implementing Saturday night masses.

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