University elects new senators to the Student Union
Students voted in the first round of Student Union elections on Friday, Sept. 10.
After the Student Union sent out an incorrect ballot eight hours early, students were able to vote for their representatives in the Student Union on Friday, Sept. 10. Secretary James Feng ’22 had not responded to an email from the Justice asking about the cause of the error as of press time.
The senate positions which were open to students in this round of elections were senators for the Classes of 2022, 2023 and 2025, as well as racial minority senator, North Quad senator, Massell Quad senator, East Quad senator, Skyline/Rosenthal senator, 567/Village senator and Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program senator. In addition, students ran for representative to Brandeis Sustainability Fund Board, five associate justices and a one-year term on the Allocations Board.
Senator for the Class of 2022
Shannon Smally secured the position of Class of 2022 senator unopposed.
Senator for the Class of 2023
Emily Adelson secured the position of Class of 2023 senator unopposed. In her candidate bio, Adelson said that she wants to incorporate student input to help make improvements to the school.
Senator for the Class of 2025
Lia Bergen won one of two seats for Class of 2025 senator. She said that she hopes to incorporate her background in advocacy into her work at the union.
Camaron Johnson won one of two seats for Class of 2025 senator. He said in his bio that he plans on taking students’ opinions into account before making decisions.
Racial Minority Senator
Rani Balakrishna ’25 won one of two seats for racial minority senator. She said in her bio that she wants to voice the concerns of students of color to the University's administration.
Herry Wang ’25 won the other seat for racial minority senator. He said that he hopes to represent international students who were or are off-campus so that they are like a “family.”
North Quad Senator
Meli Jackson ’25 secured the position of North Quad senator unopposed. They said in their bio that they would like to be an approachable senator who will address the problems of their quad.
Massell Quad Senator
Peyton Gillespie ’25 won the position of Massell Quad senator. In his bio, he said he would listen to the voices of students and advocate for them.
East Quad Senator
Sahil Muthuswami ’24 won the position of East Quad senator. Muthuswami said that he is excited to bridge the gap between the student body and administration.
Asher Brenner ’24 secured the position of Skyline/Rosenthal senator unopposed. In his bio, he said that he would take all issues from students seriously, and that he cares about improving the campus.
Nicholas Kanan ’23 secured the position of 567/Village senator unopposed. Kanan said that he wants to act as an “anonymous intermediary” between students and administration in addressing student grievances.
Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program Senator
Natalie Ramirez ’25 and Gonzalo Palafox ’25 each received four votes for the one seat of the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program senator.
Representative to Brandeis Sustainability Fund Board
Jacqueline Wang ’23 secured the position of representative to the BSF Board unopposed. Wang said that she wants to replace straws and improve recycling availability on campus.
Matthew Shapiro ’24 won one of the five open seats on the Student Union Judiciary. Shapiro said he sees his role as listening and mediating conflicts between disputing parties.
Jonei Ettricks ’25 won one of the five open seats on the Union Judiciary. She said in her bio that she hopes to be a “nonpartisan pillar of support” for the union.
Eamonn Golden ’24 won one of the five open seats on the Union Judiciary. Golden said he wants to improve the transparency of a judiciary which he said was a “somewhat clandestine operation.”
Gabby Grunfeld ’24 won one of the five open seats on the Union Judiciary.
Sidy Kante ’25 won one of the five open seats on the Union Judiciary. Kante said that he wants to push the school to continue to be an environment where diversity and inclusion are fostered.
Emma Fiesinger ’23 was the only candidate to run for one of three open seats on the Allocations Board.
Fiesinger said that she wants to conclude her work from her previous two years on A-Board by making sure that all club treasurers are aware of what funding they can and cannot request.
In the email in which he announced the results, Feng said that the Student Union will hold an information session about the upcoming special elections on Sept. 19.