SGA announces senate election results, voter turnout just under 1,000
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 23:09
The Student Government Association held senatorial elections last Tuesday for the 2013-2014 school year, fulfilling several senatorial seats for various academic colleges.
Joshua Berkowitz, Sarah Brotzman, Tyler Bryan, Claire Gollegly, Margaret Mary Rilling and Michelle Wasserman were elected to Student Affairs Senator positions. Lauren Mick was tabbed to serve as Residential Affairs Senator, and Carly Leicht, Karrie Kolesar, Tim D’Agostino, Samantha Shevach, Emily Cool, Amanda Boccardi and Julie Peeler were all chosen to be Academic Affairs Senators for their respective colleges.
Vice President of SGA Danielle Imhoff said the seven Academic Affairs Senators represent each of the seven academic colleges at the university, while three of the Student Affairs Senators are required to be freshmen in order to diversify student congress.
Newly-elected sophomore Student Affairs Senator Josh Berkowitz stated in an email message he wanted to run for a position in SGA because he has long been interested in the government.
By joining SGA, he said he thinks he will be able to make a difference within the student community. He said he is excited to begin his new job and help SGA accomplish goals this year.
“The SGA is important because it acts as a bridge between the administration and the students while helping to improve campus life,” Berkowitz said. “I am always happy to hear ideas from the students about how we can better our school.”
Imhoff stated in an email message the interest meetings leading up to the elections were more crowded than usual and she hopes to work on constantly improving the effectiveness of student government, particularly when it comes to raising the visibility of SGA.
“Without an SGA, who are students supposed to go to with concerns or ideas to implement?” Imhoff said. “SGA is the voice of the students––we advocate for their wants and needs to administration. We are taking students’ concerns and turning them into reality, which, in my opinion, in an indispensable trait for any university.”
Jessica Borcky, president of SGA, stated in an email message that voter turnout for the fall elections was just under 1,000 voters. While student government officials would love for increased turnout in the elections, it is a very busy time of the school year for students, Borcky said.
Borcky said SGA elections are important for the continued transparency between students and their government.
Imhoff said she has high hopes for the student government this year, bolstered by increased interest in participation from the student body, as well as UDecide, the program from SGA that acts as an online suggestion box. Students can submit ideas and suggestions for changes about things they see on campus.
“We hope that this year is one full of productivity, impact and professionalism,” Imhoff said. “We are very excited for our senators to start seeing ways to improve campus and better the UD experience for all.”
Borcky said student interest in running for election this year was also high, as many students attended the interest meetings in September. Students do not have to run for an elected position in the student senate in order to get involved as they can choose to join as a committee member and contribute in that way, Borcky said.
To get the new school year started, Borcky said she has already had meetings with several on campus student organizations to discuss plans for the current school year. Borcky said that she hopes to continue these meetings in order to better serve the student body and organizations.
“Our Student Government Association is an important resource for students,” Borcky said. “We are the liaisons between students and administration, and we take the responsibilities of our positions seriously to ensure that students’ voices are heard.”