Student Union releases fall election results and voter statistics
Many candidates shared their priorities of improving communication, accessibility, and resources for Brandeis students.
In the most recent round of elections on Sept. 14, students voted on candidates running for positions on the Senate, Allocations Board, and Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. Student Union Secretary Carol Kornworcel ’26 announced the results the morning of Sept. 18.
Samuel Calel ’27 and Yoni Kahn ’24 ran for the position of senator-at-large, effectively unopposed, as two seats were open. The senator-at-large has the entire campus as their constituency, and all students are able to run and vote for the position. Calel said in his candidate bio that he wants to “better voice the opinions … of students across campus.” Kahn said he would prioritize improving “university infrastructure,” including housing for undergraduates.
Allison Weiner ’25 and Rachel Zhang ’25 both secured the position of Class of 2025 senator. Weiner said in their bio that they are “always thinking about ways to make campus more accessible for everyone.” Zhang said in her bio that she would use on- and off-campus resources to improve students’ experiences.
Ria Escamilla-Gil ’27 and Sanjana Kumar ’27 secured the position of Class of 2027 senator. Kumar said in her bio that she hopes to introduce programs to address the stress that students face on a daily basis. Escamilla-Gil said in their bio that they will make it easier for students to reach out to the Student Union with their concerns.
Daniel Shin ’27 secured the position of North Quad senator. Shin said that he wants to “raise funds” for the improvement of bathrooms in North Quad.
Aima Nadeem ’27 secured the position of East Quad senator. Nadeem said she hopes to “advocate for water fountains to be installed at more accessible locations” within East.
Antis Wang ’27 secured the position of Massell Quad senator unopposed. Wang promised to “make your will become what you see when waking up in the next morning.”
Penelope Llibre ’26 secured the Ziv and Ridgewood senate seat unopposed. Llibre said in their bio that they want to “bring and keep … positive, active energy.”
Sydney Feld ’26 ran unopposed for the Village and 567 South Street senate position. Feld said in her bio that she plans on “enhancing” the bathrooms and “ensuring that the laundry machines are operating.”
Kat Xikes ’26 ran unopposed for the Charles River senate seat. Xikes said she believes that Brandeis should provide more information on all of its housing options and that she wants to improve the Charles River common area.
Jolie Newman ’24 ran unopposed for the Foster Mods senate position. Newman said in her bio that she wants to “keep Mods … a great place.”
Cameron Sherman ’26 ran unopposed for the Off-Campus Senate position. Sherman said he wants to “create events to harbor a sense of community for off-campus students.”
Cesar Tarton ’27 ran unopposed for the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program Senate seat. Tartan said in his bio that he wants to open an investigation into the MKTYP program’s promise to students regarding flight costs. According to Tarton, the MKTYP was going to waive the cost of flights to Waltham for its students but then told the students to purchase their own tickets less than a month before the flight dates.
Angelina Truong ’27 won the position of Racial Minority Representative to Allocations Board. Truong said that she feels “passionate about providing a voice for students whose cultures are similar to [hers]” and wants to do so at Brandeis.
Bhoomika Chopra ’27 won the position of Undergraduate Curriculum Committee representative unopposed. Chopra said she believes it “important … to pass on undergraduate perspectives concerning any facility, so we can make positive differences.”
In addition to election results, the Student Union also released voter statistics, revealing the majority of participants came from the first-year class of 2027 and the least number of voters from the senior class of 2024. The disparity between the number of votes for first-year representative positions and upperclassmen representative positions are consistent with previous elections, in which first-year students vote in greater numbers than upperclassmen.
The vote for Massell Quad senator and North Quad senator each surpassed 50 votes, while the Foster Mods and Charles River senator seats hardly surpassed 20 votes. Only the students living in these respective residents were eligible to vote for their own senators.