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USG executive board election results finalized, VPSO runoff election scheduled

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The Undergraduate Student Government executive board elections closed at 5 p.m. Friday. A total of 6746 undergraduate students were eligible to vote, according to the registrar and 2938 students voted for a 43.55 percent voter turnout rate. The vote determined five executive board positions for the 2017-18 academic year and a runoff election Tuesday will determine the vice president for student organizations.

President 

Sam Levin won the election for president with 70.48 percent of the vote. Levin served on USG for three years and in the 2016-17 academic year, he served as executive vice president. Levin is responsible for creating the Liaison Committee to represent international students, transfer students and ROTC students at USG senate meetings and plans to expand on this committee as president. As president, Levin said he will work to increase the transparency of USG and prevent sexual violence on campus.

Executive Vice President

With 60.18 percent of the vote, Erin Blake will serve as executive vice president for the 2017-18 academic year. Blake served on USG previously and helped develop a USG Outreach form to increase the transparency of USG and engage student voices. As executive vice president, Blake said she will work to make USG an unbiased space in which all students can feel represented.

Vice President for Student Life 

Khristyan Anthonee Trejo received 56.67 percent of the vote and will serve as vice president for student life for the 2017-18 academic year. Trejo is the USG parliamentarian for the 2016-17 academic year and as the next vice president for student life, he said he will work to make USG policymaking a process that engages all students. Trejo plans to conduct student town halls, attend organizations’ meetings and table on campus to collect student input and represent community interests.

Vice President for Finance 

Tyler Margaretten won the election for vice president for finance. Margaretten ran unopposed and received 84.74 percent of the vote. He is the vice president for finance for the 2016-17 academic year and plans to use his re-election to continue the work that the finance committee did this year in drafting a transparent and equitable budget.

Vice President for Student Organizations

There will be a runoff election Tuesday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. between Laura Anne Bartusiak and Julien Bourgeois for the position of vice president for student organizations. Bartusiak received 32.36 percent of the vote and Bourgeois received 32.82 percent of the vote. Voters can view The Hullabaloo’s coverage of the candidates’ platforms before the runoff election.

Vice President for Academic Affairs 

Michael Morton will serve as vice president for academic affairs for the 2017-18 academic year. Morton ran unopposed and received 85.95 percent of the vote. He has previously served as president of the School of Science and Engineering and said he will use his position as vice president for academic affairs to unify USG as a support network for all students.

To read the platforms in full, go to http://www.tulaneusg.com/execcandidateinfo. The candidates also answered a questionnaire conducted by Tulane’s Progressive Voter Coalition.

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USG executive board election results finalized, VPSO runoff election scheduled