New senators at Storrs campus
Recent senate elections result in 21 new Undergraduate Student Government senators
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 00:09
The new Undergraduate Student Government senators will start soon. Polls closed Thursday evening and USG announced the new senators for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Thirty-one students campaigned for 46 open seats, 17 of which were uncontested positions, and 25 of which would remain empty.
The most competitive race this year was for the freshman class seat, with six candidates vying for the position. Other highly contested races were those of the Buckley and McMahon residence halls and the School of Engineering.
Christian Caceres won the freshman senate seat, beating out five other candidates with 26 percent of the votes. For Caceres and the freshman class, the issues on the forefront of their minds take a broader approach to university life and experience.
“We came to UConn to receive an affordable, world-class education. That is what I plan to push for. It is no secret that the price of higher education has overwhelmingly increased,” Caceras said.
Caceres also emphasized that his agenda will benefit all students, even those outside of his constituency.
“As a soon-to-be member of the Academic Affairs Committee, I will strive for increased relationships between faculty and students. Not only for freshman, but all students deserve a worthy education where there is an emphasis on academics. College isn’t cheap. That’s reality. Let’s at least get our money’s worth,” said Caceres, a 1st semester molecular and cell biology major.
Joshua Essick, a 1st semester economics major, won the McMahon seat by a landslide with 84 percent of the votes. Essick said that representing McMahon calls for representing a very diverse group of students with the international community housed within the building.
“I chose to run for the McMahon senate seat because it provided an incredible opportunity. As a senator, I will have the privilege of representing the diverse community of McMahon which I hope to connect with the larger community of this university,” said Essick.
Carles Lopez, a 3rd semester political science major who ran uncontested for the position as East Campus’ senator, said his innate connection to the unique residential area motivated him to run.
“I decided to run because I felt that I would be the right candidate. East is completely different from all the other halls … East has a completely different ambient. I feel a connection to East and its people,” said Lopez.
The Senate will convene for the new senators’ first meeting on September 25 at 6:30 p.m.