The amendment on executive compensation put forward in the Student Union spring elections became a viral issue on our campus this past Tuesday when students urged their peers to reject the amendment and condemned SU for proposing to pay their highest ranking officers.
Students voted to elect junior Iliana Ragnone as Student Union’s vice president of finance and sophomore Tess Mandoli as SU’s vice president of administration in Tuesday’s election, which saw a record-breaking turn out.
On the Student Union election ballot this Tuesday, students will vote on making Leaders in Interpersonal Violence an SU entity and providing financial compensation to Student Union executives.
In one of the most competitive Student Union elections in recent history, students of color won all five executive positions for the first time since 2008.
Students voted to elect junior Kenneth Sng as Student Union president, sophomore Sankalp Kapur as vice president of administration and junior Vikram Biswas as vice president of finance in Tuesday’s election that saw a total of 40.7 percent of students vote, just nearly missing spring 2012’s record of 41.1 percent.
This Tuesday, when students go to vote for Student Union executive positions, they will be faced with the most contested race in recent history.
Washington University students are beginning to realize the power SU has over their day-to-day experience and how they’ve relinquished their voices in the matter. Come this Friday, the student body has their chance to make their voice heard again by coming to the SU debates and making candidates answer the hard questions.
Despite having fewer voters in this semester’s elections than participated in the fall, Student Union filled a number of seats across the student governing body on Tuesday. At 31.5 percent, or 2,117 voters, the spring turnout fell from last semester’s 35.4 percent, which marked the highest-ever total for a fall SU election.
We both enthusiastically and confidently endorse Hunter Malasky for the position of vice president of administration for SU Exec. Hunter has demonstrated a capability for hard work and a vision for improvement in his time as Budget Committee chair that we believe clearly sets him apart for this position.
Brian Benton, Student Union vice president of public relations, has resigned his post effective immediately, SU announced in a press release Tuesday morning. Benton, a junior, tendered his resignation in a letter on Monday, citing personal reasons. According to SU’s press release, Benton “determined that his time could be more effectively used elsewhere.”