For the second year in a row, thenewest Student Government, Inc. boardwill be made up of students from opposingtickets.
The UNITE ticket took four positionsand the Progressing in AcademicsRevamping Traditions and EnhancingYour Experience (P.A.R.T.Y.) ticket tookthree.
From the P.A.R.T.Y. ticket, PatrickBrewer won President, Tami Telford wonVice President and Tiffany Marmol wonJunior Senator.
From the UNITE ticket Dan LoBracewon Secretary, Gerard Murrell won SeniorSenator, Andre McDonald won Treasurer,and Bill Conallen won SophomoreSenator.
According to Chenele Francis, chairof the SGI Elections Committee, therewas a 14.6 percent voter turnout. Of10,351 potential student voters, 1,619participated in the election.
“There was definitely moreinvolvement with students than last year,but I wish there was better voter turnout,”said senior Cheryl Robinson after theelections statistics and results wereannounced.
Candidates sat together as the resultswere announced, some holding hands inanticipation.
“When we were waiting for thepresidential announcements, I wasgripping onto Patrick for dear life,” TamiTelford, vice-president-elect said.
Elected Sophomore Senator BillConallen shook hands with members ofhis party as well as his opponents witha huge smile on his face saying he felt”speechless.”
“It’s still sinking in!” Conallen said.”I’m very excited to be given a chance torepresent the sophomore class.”
Once the results were revealed, theelected candidates hugged, shook hands,and seemed relieved. In tears, President-Elect Patrick Brewer described hisoutlook for the upcoming year.
“I am beside myself right now, it’s agood group of people and we’re going tomake it work,” he said. “I’m most excitedto bring a lot of new people into SGI nextyear, we’re going to have a lot of fresheyes.”
Christina Zaccarelli, a senior andcurrent SGI Vice President, described herview of the election’s turnout.
“The most challenging thing is goingto be bringing these two tickets together.But for right now, there’s a lot of emotionin this room,” Zaccarelli said.
The split of the two tickets furnishedmixed opinions from the candidates andstudents in attendance.
“My anxiety is fi nally over but I’mdisappointed my whole ticket didn’t win,”McDonald said.
Senior Megan McMahon said shevoted even though she was not going tobe at St. John’s next year.
“Even though it won’t affect me, Ithink the best people for the positionswere elected,” McMahon said.
Darren Morton, assistant vicepresident for Student Affairs talked aboutthe challenges that SGI will face nextyear, as well as the positive aspects of thesplit results.
“I’m always happy for the studentelections and this year was a good, closerace. The good thing is we are seeing thatstudents are voting more for individualcandidates instead of just along ticketlines,” Morton said.
“The challenge for StudentGovernment will be, once again, for themto come together under one leadership.”
Patrick McBurney, a senior andcurrent SGI President, watched as thecandidates celebrated their victories.
“We’re excited to be ending ouryear and transitioning to the next group.Hopefully the new e-board will heed oursuccess and learn from our mistakes,”McBurney said