Senators elected in second round of voting
Published: Friday, April 27, 2012
Updated: Friday, April 27, 2012 13:04
Fourteen students were elected to positions in the Student Union after voting took place from 12 a.m. on Thursday and 12 a.m. on Friday.
Theodore Choi ’13 and Charlotte Franco ’15, who both served as senators last year, will be the senators at large, with 338 and 194 votes, respectively. This position was voted on by 20.72 percent of the student body.
In an interview with the Justice, Choi said that he was “grateful to those who supported [him]” and that he plans to continue to try to improve the quality of dining on campus as well as to campaign for a “greener” campus.
Franco said in an interview with the Justice that she was “very excited and honored to be elected” and that one of her main goals was to improve the system for club chartering.
David Fisch and Sarah Kim won the race to be senators for the Class of 2013, with 68 and 55 votes respectively and 18.24 percent of the class voting.
Fisch, who ran unsuccessfully for Student Union president last week, said that he “made changes last time [he] was a senator and … want[s] to keep on working.” He said that he plans to work with Senator for the Class of 2014 Ricky Rosen on dining issues as well as to push ideas from his presidential campaign, including an improvement of school unity.
Kim wrote in an email to the Justice that she was “truly inspired and encouraged” by the students she has met who are trying to make changes at Brandeis. She also wrote that she “can’t wait to continue representing [her] class.”
Rosen and Annie Chen won the race for the position of Class of 2014 senator, with 149 and 30 votes respectively; 26.12 percent of the Class of 2014 participated in voting.
Rosen, who failed in his bid for election to the position of Vice President in the last round of elections, wrote in an email to the Justice that “It’s incredibly humbling to know that the Class of 2014 would like me to continue representing them in the Senate.” He plans to continue the momentum he gained in working with dining services on campus last semester.
Chen could not be reached for comment by press time.
Sneha Walia and Danny Novak both won reelection as senators for the Class of 2015, with 117 and 69 votes, respectively, and 41.68 of the class voting, the largest turnout of any election in this round.
Walia said in an interview with the Justice that she was “excited to continue working.” She hopes to improve the Union’s use of social media to connect with the student body.
In an email to the Justice, Novak said that he is “looking forward to another successful year.” He hopes to improve the club recognition process as well as to work with academic services to make sure it meets the needs of students.
Amanda Pereira ’15 will be the racial minority senator. She was elected with 140 votes. This election saw 28.55 of eligible voters. “I feel awesome, I’m really happy,” Pereira said in an interview with the Justice. “I’m looking forward to … hearing different people’s perspectives and really seeing what people want changed in terms of … unity and communication.”
Gali Gordon ’15, Seth Brody ’15, Claire Sinai ’15 and Ethan Stein ’15 won the race for the judiciary positions with 129, 118, 113 and 75 votes respectively; 24.71 percent of the student body voted.
Gordon said in an email to the Justice that he plans to “continue the strong work of the judiciary through the method of mediation. This has worked well for us over the past term, but if going to trial is necessary, then we will rise to the occasion.”
Brody, Sinai and Stein could not be reached for comment by press time.
Moshi Shi ’15 will be a member of the Finance Board. He was elected with 174 votes and 16.4 percent of the student body participating. He could not be reached by press time.
Mohamed Ali ’14 won the race for the racial minority seat on the F-Board with 81 votes, with 23.57 percent of eligible voters participating. He could also not be reached for comment by press time.
The seats on the F-Board filled by Shi and Ali were left empty during the first round of elections last week.
—Tate Herbert contributed reporting.