The votes are in and Brooke Schmidt, junior Spanish major, and Stuart Sneath, junior sociology major, won the election for student body president and vice president respectively.
“I just believe we’re at a pivotal moment here with our new president (Michael Shonrock), and he’s all about creating a paradigm shift and I’m just really ready to jump on board and help Emporia State become even better than it already is,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt and Sneath said that they plan to help Associated Student Government and its senators have more presence on campus.
“(With) most governing bodies, you get the idea of being boring and staunch and…kind of the old boys’ club, which is not something we are, so one thing we want is a more fun campus and to let people know that ASG is here to help people. We are the voice for you guys,” Sneath said.
Sneath also said that he wants ASG to be more involved in students’ experiences from the beginning by being at orientation events and other such activities to help introduce themselves to new students and hopefully help retention.
Sneath has served on the student senate as a senator for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for a year, as well as having been the activities chairman for the Interfraternity Council, a coordinator for Community Hornets and a facilitator for Mosaic of ESU, among other leadership positions. While she does not have experience as a senator, Schmidt has held various leadership positions on campus. Schmidt is the current president of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and Alternate Spring Break, as well as having been secretary for the Panhellenic Society for two years.
Schmidt and Sneath were up against Luke Chiddix, junior political science major, and Luke Drury, junior political science major, and won by 111 votes, according to the election results posted on the official ASG page on ESU’s website, with another 18 votes going to write-in candidates. Over 600 total students voted in the presidential elections.
“My hat’s off to Brooke and Stuart for running a successful campaign,” Drury said. “I wish them the best of luck next year.”
Drury said that he felt the election process went very well and that students’ voices were heard.
Thirteen senators were also voted in during the elections. Mathkar Alamani is the senator for the School of Business. Billy Garner, Julie Ma, Carley Swanson, Marcus Hix, Brandon Allen, Paul Knackendoffel and Manny Requenes are the representatives for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Josiah D’Albini, Michael Stauffer and Luke Farnsworth represent the Teachers College. And Alisha Lyon and Samantha Beye are the senators for the graduate school.
Sneath said that there are four more positions open in the senate should other students wish to run for those positions.