By Jasmine Maharisi, Editor-in-Chief
Junior political science major Liz O’Connor and senior sociology and political science major Bret Harrell were voted student president/regent and vice president following Tuesday’s election. The pair defeated their opponents, senior geology major Ryan Tefft and senior accounting major Eric Hansen, by 401 votes.
“It’s awesome,” said Vice-President Bret Harrell after the announcement. “Liz had a lot of support from her sorority, but it was definitely student organizations in general that helped.
Harrell said he felt relieved about the results, as the two had spent a lot of energy during their campaign.
Although this year’s election participation numbers didn’t set records, it was still a good turnout with 1,096 students voting. Last year’s numbers did set records with 1,500 participants.
Assistant Director of Student Government Ben Jager said the turnout was quite good considering recent changes regarding student elections.
“I think with the change in the voting season, weather, not a full ballot of candidates and one day of voting compared to two, it’s still a good turnout,” Jager said. “Any time you crack a thousand, we’re happy with it.”
The new president/regent and vice president will take office April 18 while the class senators will be installed April 21.
The results for the 2011 election are:
Liz O’Connor/Bret Harrell
University Division: Tyler Gatrost
Information Science and Technology: Justin Roberts
Engineering: Troy Becker
CPACS: Kyle Schulze
CFAM Devin Bertelsen and Tatiana Eskridge
Business: Seth Jones, Vanessa Torress and Ryan Kahanca
Arts and Sciences: Martha Spangler, Jennifer Nguyen, Terrence Batiste, Stephanie Hoffman and Ankit Agrawal
Sophomore: Sean Robinson and Alex Bakke
Junior Class: Anna Berg and Michael Fryman
Senior Class: Dylan Kriz and Sahil Khullar
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