Joe Chen elected as 2014-15 SGA president

-Staff photo/Louis Gormley

-Staff photo/Louis Gormley


In an election dubbed by Student Government Association President Surbhi Pathak as one of the most competitive in a while, senior Joe Chen won the title of SGA president for the 2014-15 academic year, earning the plurality at 47 percent.

Pathak said in an email that SGA does not “feel comfortable” releasing the other candidate’s vote percentages or the total amount of votes received in the election.

“The election process was fun and stressful at the same time,” Chen said in an email. “I met with a good amount [of organizations] during the elections, but I’m still trying to visit more so they know my face for next year.”

Chen expressed gratitude for the results of the election, but stressed that this was only the beginning.

“I hope for next year to have many successes with the Student Government Association,” Chen said.

The election saw three candidates campaigning for next year’s president position, including junior Jaime Kisthardt and junior Jalina Wayser.

April Gambardella was unopposed in her election for SGA recording secretary.

Citing last year’s election controversy regarding GPA requirements and lack of election commissioner oversight, Pathak believes that the process, this time, went very well.

“It was especially nice working with an election commissioner the entire way, who knew the details of the policies,” Pathak said.

Pathak mentioned that the added service requirements in the new constitution made the application period a little “bumpy,” but the issues were sorted out with a special senate election for vice president and chief financial officer, set to take place at the next meeting on March 31.

Beginning in April, the SGA will be instituting a shadow period for the executive board positions, allowing for an easier transition between administrations.

Current position holders will meet one-on-one with their predecessors and will be accompanied by them in meetings.

“We’ll be keeping transition binders for the incumbents, allowing for quick reference and notes about what’s working, ideas and how to move forward,” Pathak said.

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