The new president and vice president of Associated Student Government are Ashley Vogts, junior integrated studies and pre-occupational therapy major, and Jennifer Cheray, junior marketing major, respectively. At approximately 5 p.m. last night, the election results were posted outside of the Center for Student.
“It’s feels good – we’re excited,” Vogts said. “We’ve both been involved in ASG for five years between the two of us and we were ready to take that next step and become a bigger leader within ASG. We have a passion for ESU and ASG.”
According to the election results, 755 students voted in the online election. Vogts and Cheray received 418 votes. The voting started Monday and ended at 4 p.m. yesterday. The total number of students voting increased by 66 from last year’s election.
“We really want to stick with our platform that we were running with – establish, solidfy and unite and kind of build upon those three words and the plans we’ve set forth,” Vogts said.
Vogts said they want to establish face-to-face relations between organizations and their representatives in ASG, solidify what ASG already has in terms of internal structure and unite students with the faculty. They also want Senators to be known on campus.
“There’s the Faculty Senate and the Student Senate and we really want to bridge that gap and become that liaison between students and faculty,” Vogts said.
Cheray said the toughest part of the campaign was sending their message to as many students as possible.
“We were trying to reach a diverse group of students, not hitting the same students, so that was definitely the hardest things for us to reach outside of the box and hit multiple groups of students,” Vogts said.
Vogts said the first thing the two hope to accomplish next year is the “solidify” component of their campaign. At the beginning of each fall semester, ASG has a retreat, and Vogts said the main focus for the next one will be the different roles for Senators.
Cheray said the retreat has always been about what specific committees Senators are involved with, so members only focus on one area of ASG rather than every aspect.
“We want to focus on broadening their knowledge of ASG as well as how to better communicate that information with their organizations,” Cheray said.
Vogts said another goal is to improve communication between faculty and administrators and students on campus.
“We talked to some faculty members and administration members and one thing that really stuck out was that they want student input, student relations with faculty members,” Vogts said. “That is a huge need here on campus. Sometimes students’ voices get lost.”
Vogts and Cheray said some of their biggest supporters were family members, classmates and their sorority sisters. Vogts is a member of Chi Omega and Cheray is in Alpha Sigma Alpha.
“Be looking for ASG (next year) – we’re open for any students to come to us for opinions, ideas, concerns, positive things too,” Vogts said.