by TAYLOR BRETHAUER & JOE LIGGIO, Editor-In-Chief & Asst. News Editor
After some intense campaigning, results are in on the 2017-2018 Student Government elections, with the Manhattan College student body handing victory to the B.E.S.T. of the Bronx party.
Headed by president-elect Jaycie Cooper and vice president-elect Jara Giner, the party will be filling nine spots on Student Government’s Executive Board in a win over Jasper Shore: The Lasallian Experience, and the Jasper Student Union, the two other parties on the ballot.
Cooper stated via email that herself and the rest of the party were “ecstatic” upon finding out that their entire board had won.
“I think it just goes to show how important teamwork is. We never once told people to vote for ‘me,’ it was always ‘make sure to vote for the B.E.S.T.,’” said Cooper.
Both candidates from the respective parties offered their statements of concession.
“My Fellow Jaspers,” writes presidential candidate Liam Moran of the Jasper Student Union in an email statement to The Quadrangle, “I would first like to thank everyone who supported me, my family and friends especially, your support was invaluable these past few weeks. In any campaign there are points of contention, but it is how we move beyond that shows the strength in our community. It is this resolution, that no matter where we stand or how divided we are, that we come together at the end and remember we are Jaspers and by extension family. Jaycie and I differ on some issues. However, we also have a lot in common. I share in her vision of bridging the communities on campus, of reaching out beyond the e-board of student government, and furthermore working for the good of the student body as a whole. I would stress to my supporters that our message has not fell on deaf ears. In this we should offer good will towards the new administration. I would like to congratulate B.E.S.T. in the Bronx on their hard fought win. It was well deserved.”
Similarly, presidential candidate Alex Constantine of Jasper Shore wrote to Student Government, “It is with heavy heart that I must turn in my student government career at Manhattan College. From being the freshman class representative, to being the sophomore class representative, to accepting Lisa Marie’s offer to run as her VP my junior year, to joining the SGA to attend meetings regarding the improvement of various campus affairs, to now being swept this election season, I want to say I did not regret a second of it. My main involvement has always been in the student government on campus and I tried my best to legitimize it and see our student body excel. I will now keep my ideas to myself as the student body has spoken and I wish the new incoming party the best of luck. Thanks for everything and nothing at the same time, have a good afternoon.”
News of the results were sent out to candidates on Monday, April 2. The entire student body, along with faculty and staff, were notified of the new executive board the following morning via the MC announcements email.
However, the B.E.S.T. of the Bronx party took to Instagram on Monday afternoon to express their gratitude to those who voted for them and helped their campaign.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to represent all Jaspers during the 2018-2019 school year! We hope to work with all who are interested and passionate about making MC a better place for all,” said the party’s Instagram post.
President-elect Cooper talked with current student body president Micaela Bishop after the results were announced.
“Micaela was actually one of the first people that congratulated me after we found out the news. I have always considered Micaela a mentor of mine since my time at Manhattan, way before her role as student body president. […] I really look up to her as a person and I hope I can follow in her footsteps,” said Cooper.
Also elected to the board were Kerry Cavanagh as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ryan Kwiecinski as Vice President for Finance, Isabel Quinones as Vice President for Residential Affairs, Haley Nightingale as Vice President for Club Administration, Anna Rosario as Vice President for Commuter Affairs, Casey Monroe as Vice President for Social Life, and John “Jack” Melanson as Vice President for Communication.
The results are reminiscent of the outcome of the 2016-2017 election, in which the Jasper Pack, led by Bishop, also netted all nine E-board spots.
Class Vice Presidents for the upcoming school year have also been named.
Seniors will be led by vice presidents Anthony DePinho and Timothy Gress, Juniors by vice presidents Christine Scerbo and Donovan Reilly, and Sophomores by vice presidents Jack Kornutik and Nicole Diaz. Freshman vice president elections will be held in the fall semester once the class of 2022 comes onto campus.
Finally, Julius Benecz has been named as vice president for the School of Arts.
Cooper said that the B.E.S.T. “hope to hit the ground running” with their platform upon inauguration, starting with tackling some bigger issues at Manhattan like Quadchella and improving college sustainability. She expressed interest in working with clubs and initiatives currently developing on campus, and with the candidates members of her party ran against in this election.
“I hope I can keep open communication with all my opponents. They had so many good ideas that student government can benefit from and I hope to work with whoever still wants to be a part of S.G.A,” said Cooper. “We are sincerely thankful and humbled by all the support we received during the election and after. We all are extremely accessible people and hope we can encourage more involvement from faculty, admin and students during our administration next year.”
Students interested in open positions on the assembly should attend an open assembly meeting, held on alternating Wednesdays at 12 p.m. either in Kelly Commons or Jasper Hall First Floor Lounge.
The winners will be inaugurated on April 11 and begin their administration the following semester.
Editor’s Note: John “Jack” Melanson is the current news editor for The Quadrangle.