ASG election results are in, and none of the candidates received more than 50 percent of the vote. A re-vote between Kameron Dodge and Victor Shao will be held on Friday to decide the next ASG president.
Many of the candidates’ ideas for the current election are centered around getting the Associated Student Government more involved with students. The candidates say they hop to change the way ASG runs and improve its reach-out to both the campus and Evanston communities.
Presidential candidate Dan Tully and his running mate Jeziel Jones say they hope to end what they call the “Sheridan Road sidewalk effect.”
Tully says students at NU pass each other on Sheridan without even acknowledging one another. He thinks ASG can solve that problem simply by saying hello.
Tully says he thinks ASG is too rigid and doesn’t always reflect the student body.
Our next team, Victor Shao and his running mate Brad Stewart, also plan to increase student engagement. They want to create a website where students can submit and rate ideas to improve NU life.
It’s similar to what ASG did this winter when they let students vote on ideas for campus changes. That project resulted in a push for Wi-Fi on the Lakefill.
Shao also plans to fund safe ride improvements. He says the fact that safe ride operates from an Excel document is ridiculous and he hopes to improve its efficiency.
Finally, candidates Kameron Dodge and Steven Monacelli are running as co-presidents instead of President and Vice President.
Monacelli would focus on ASG internal affairs and Dodge hopes to be the face of the organization. They plan to focus specifically on student-led organizations. The tean says they have more experience with student groups and ASG than any other candidates.
The last time ASG had a re-vote was 30 years ago. Mike McGee and Bill Pulte were just 33 votes apart in the original election with Pulte in the lead. In the re-vote, McGee took the election.