After a problematic campaign period, students were finally able to vote for the Undergraduate Student Government candidates of choice last week.
In total 4,295 students voiced their preferences, according to a post on the USG Facebook page.
Current USG president Cole Lee will remain in the position for another year after defeating Elizabeth Osei by 4 percent of the vote.
“To think … me? A skinny little kid from South Korea who enjoys binge watching Netflix, my only talent being able to eat abnormal amounts of pizza, surrounded by the most incredible Seawolves who I could never even imagine comparing myself with,” Lee wrote in a Facebook post that has garnered almost 200 likes since Friday.
The much debated mandatory Student Activities Fee will remain mandatory, with 2,301 students voting to keep it and only 901 voting to make the fee voluntary.
Students elected Drazen Baccara as executive vice president with 56 percent of the vote.
“I’m really excited to take on the role of Executive Vice President because it’s a role that allows me to foster others and become even better leaders than they already are,” Bacarra said in an email.
Voters also elected Maximillian Shaps as vice president of communications with 55 percent.
The vice president of clubs and organizations and vice president of academic affairs were both close races. Lydia Senatus was elected vice president of clubs and organizations, but only seventeen votes divided her and her competitor, Elmer Flores. A mere nine votes separated John Mele, the winner of the race for vice president of academic affairs, and fellow candidate Joshua Seobarran.
In the senate, Millicent Mulieri, Jay Abad, Amanda Tam, Clare Finnegan, Samantha Coyle, Saori Arai, Vanessa Cornelio, Nicholas Vollano, Zachary Shaps and Derrick Wagner were the ten candidates chosen to represent the College of Arts and Sciences.
Students elected Christian Cole as Health Science Senator, John Scalamandre for the College of Business Senator, and Keiko Nagami for Senator At-Large. Mudassar Memon, Forum Doshi and Tao Wang will represent Engineering and Applied Sciences. And Johnathan Rodriguez, Tasna Ahmed and Kemi Adebanjo were elected class senators for the senior, junior and sophomore classes.
However, it’s not over yet. Run-off elections for Vice President of Student Life and Treasurer will be held this week after no single candidate managed to win a majority vote.