Presidential Perspective: Election results yield solid leadership

I was extremely happy to see so many students vote in last week?s student body elections. Over 2150 total ballots were cast. Tom Sabram was elected Student Body President and Nicolette Louissaint was elected Student Body Vice-President. They will take over at the end of the month, when my term is officially over.
I am looking forward to transitioning the office to Tom and Nicolette. I have worked with both of them over the past two years in Student Government and know them both to be hard workers, dedicated to improving our campus. I am confident that they will expand upon this year?s successes, as well as implement innovative ideas of their own.
Student government?s finances will be in the very capable hands of Student Body Vice-President for Finance-elect Nicholas Scocozzo. Nicholas and I worked on Student Senate for two years together, and we worked very closely this year, when he was Student Senate chair. Nicholas? experience working with student organizations suits him well to this new position.
Congratulations to all of the students who won seats in the Student Senate election. The full results of the election, including all 37 seats of Student Senate, can be seen online at
The undergraduate newspaper fee referendum passed by a ten percent margin. This means that national, regional, and local newspapers will be made available to undergraduate students starting next semester. I hope that this will increase students? awareness of the events going on in the world around them.
I am also pleased to report that, following the forum held on April 1, the University has decided to incorporate the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility with this year?s commencement exercises. Graduating seniors who are interested in signing the pledge this year should look for the table set up in Kirr Commons on April 22, Earth Day.
Finally, the Joint Funding Committee has made final recommendations for all student organizations? budgets for the next academic year. As required by the Student Body Constitution, their recommendations have been published online at Members of the Undergraduate Student Senate and the Graduate Student Assembly will vote on these recommendations on April 20 at 5 pm in McConomy.