Junior duo run off with hard-earned win
Duke's Brad Ramsey (left) and Villanova's Farris Fakhoury (right) battle for control of the ball in the Wildcats' 1-0 upset win.
After an intense campaign and a week-long run-off election, the newest members of student government were named this past Tuesday. Junior political science major Chris Marroletti and junior communication major Lael Hoegen won the election for SGA president and vice president for the 2012-'13 academic year.
The results were announced by current SGA president and vice president George Soussou and Rob Colucci on Tuesday afternoon outside the Oreo. The pair was surrounded by a support system of over 30 of their friends who have all aided in their campaign process.
The campaign that started with four pairs of candidates-a recent high in SGA campaign history-ended in a six-day-long run off between Marroletti and Hoegen and Molly Hoover and Rachel Campenelli.
The election process for all candidates started back in February with information sessions open to any eligible students. To be eligible to run for SGA president and vice president a student must have been at the University for an entire year. This means that all sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to run, granted that they did not transfer.
In March, petitions for candidates were due and the campaign officially began on March 12. A debate between all four tickets was held on March 14. Last week, the process was thought to end when voting began on Tuesday, March 20. It was on Wednesday afternoon that the school found out they would have to wait an extra week for results due to a forced run-off.
"The extra time is to allow an additional week of campaigning," said Tom Mogan, director in the Office of Student Development. "Candidates also did interviewing for WXVU and VTV. It was another opportunity for the candidates to showcase themselves."
Both Marroletti and Hoegen have spent the past three years involved in various on-campus activities. They are both members of the Orientation Steering Committee.
Hoegen is also a member of the Women's Leadership Association and has been on SGA since freshman year. Additionally, Marroletti is a member of Blue Key Society, the Committee for the Board of Trustees and works in the Office of Admission.
The pair revolved their campaign season around their platform which focused on regular coffee hours for students and SGA officers, touch-and-go swiping at basketball games, finalizing the new government structure and student voice advocacy.
"We campaigned 'get things done' and that's what we really want to do," Marroletti said. "I'm really excited to get to work and do what we said we'd do."
This year, the election was held earlier than previous years.
"We wanted to allow for more transition time because it was very rushed last year," said Colucci.
As Marroletti and Hoegen prepare for their term, current SGA president and vice president Soussou and Colucci reflect upon their term.
"We're looking forward to seeing what the new ticket will do next year" said Soussou. "[These next two months are] going to go by really fast but we still plan on doing what's best for the student body to make this a successful transition."
"George and Rob did very well under the new constitution," Mogan said. "Everyone from an administrative perspective thought they did a great job."
Marroletti and Hoegen are ready to hit the ground running.
They plan to begin planning committee assignments before the summer so the 2012-'13 school year can start right away.
The ambitious duo has strong goals for next year and with the support of their friends and their determination, it seems as if the two will serve a productive term.
"I thought it was a great campaign season with four really strong tickets," Mogan said. "The campaigns were run very professionally, and I hope they enjoyed the campaign process; I hope it was a positive experience for everyone."
"[The election] was definitely a learning lesson," Hoegen said. "It taught us about commitment and dedication and that we had a great group of friends and supporters not only throughout the campaign but today at the announcement."
In discussing their hopes for the coming year, Marroletti and Hoegen emphasized being as approachable as possible.
"Please reach out to us," Marroletti said. "We want to be a voice-and the best voice we can."
"I think [Chris and Lael] will do a great job representing the students," Mogan said. "I think we can look forward to an exciting and productive year with them as SGA president and vice. "
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