The current executives of the St. Thomas University Students’ Union gathered on Zoom Friday evening to hear the results of the spring general election – two of whom were waiting to see if they were elected in their respective categories. Shortly after 6 p.m., Tyler Magee, current STUSU president, read out the results.
Alex Nguyen: STUSU president-elect
Alex Nguyen, STUSU’s current vice-president administration, won the presidential election. She ran unopposed. She said it “felt amazing” to finally get the results and is most excited to work with the new executive team next year.
“I know [the elected executives] as excellent individuals,” she said. “I know that we’re [going to] make a great team and be able to bring STUSU to new heights.”
Anahi Alvarez: STUSU vice-president student life-elect
Anahi Alvarez was elected as vice-president student life. Alvarez currently serves as an off-campus representative for STUSU. She ran unopposed.
Alvarez was at work when the results were announced and saw that she was elected while on her break.
“I’m feeling very happy. I don’t have words really,” she said.
She is looking forward to working with different communities next year and listening to differing perspectives and ideas.
“I just want to make sure students feel very well represented,” said Alvarez. “I will make sure that everyone’s voices are heard.”
Julia Evans: STUSU vice-president education-elect
Julia Evans, STUSU’s current at-large representative, was elected vice-president education. She ran unopposed.
Evans said she is feeling excited and optimistic now that she’s been elected. With STU transitioning to a more in-person environment, she wants to focus on more campus advocacy and in-person initiatives.
“I’m really looking forward to fostering [a] good educational environment on campus and getting that feeling back that I feel like a lot of students have [been] missing over the pandemic years,” she said.
In addition to the executive team, the representative winners were also announced.
Chloe York and Lauren Hayes are the new at-large representatives, Khanh Hoang was elected as international student representative and Megan Henwood was elected as student senator.
Other elected individuals who will not serve as voting members on next year’s STUSU include: Catherine LaPraire as board of governors representative, James Brennan as The Aquinian second-year board of directors representative and Victoria Young as valedictorian.
Young, who ran against two competitors for the title of valedictorian, said it was a goal she set for herself months ago.
“It just feels so good to achieve that and to have the trust of my graduating class of 2022,” she said. “I’m so excited to be able to acknowledge their accomplishments and their achievements and their contributions.”