Student interest in USG from Involvement Fair
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 5, 2013 01:09
The Undergraduate Student Government garnered significant interest among students at the involvement fair Wednesday to run for one of the 46 open senate seats this semester.
Campaigns have already kicked off, but USG Chief of Staff John Giardina said it is typical USG fashion for campaigns to heat up only in the days prior to voting kick off. This year, voting will begin at 9 a.m. on September 13.
In order to run, students must fill out an elections packet and deliver it into the USG Office on the third floor of the Student Union by Monday September 9 at 5 p.m. Candidates will be formally announced via the USG website by Tuesday morning.
Until then, Senate Speaker Shiv Gandhi said it will be difficult to determine exactly how competitive the races will be.
“Historically, we’ve had a lot of uncontested races, but at the same time we’ve had very contentious races,” Gandhi said.
Senators represent specific academic majors or residences, and Giardina said seats available to freshman and sophomores are typically more competitive.
Seats that are commonly contested are “the seat for the freshman class, Buckley, in general seats that have a [constituency] of underclassmen,” said Giardina.
Gandhi said prior to the involvement fair Wednesday there was less than a handful of packets turned in, but USG Senator Kevin Alvarez said that by the end of the event, there were a significant number of interested students.
USG encourages any student interested in running for USG Senator to contact John Giardina at email@example.com.