Student Government seats still open after April elections
By: Gail Fredricks | Published Sept. 25, 2016
Twenty-seven seats in Kean University’s student government remain available after last semester’s annual elections, which left even more positions vacant since no one ran for them.
Last April, no student ran for vice president, treasurer, secretary and representatives in the Graduate Part-Time Student Council (GPSC). All positions for the Senior Class executive Board were vacant, as well as the Sophomore and Junior Class vice president, secretary, and representatives.
All seats for the GPSC have been filled, according to Student Organization Managing Assistant Director Carli Hench. Senior class president and vice president have been filled, while the rest remain vacant. The junior class still doesn’t have a vice president or secretary and several representative seats remain available.
Meanwhile, seats for president, vice president, secretary and representatives for the sophomore class are still open.
Kean Ocean still has four vacant seats for representatives.
Applications for freshman class seats — which are not voted on in April — are available on CougarLink and are due Sept. 30 at 2 p.m.
Applications for vacant positions are available on CougarLink, and the positions will remain vacant until filled. In the meantime, the responsibilities of each position will be placed on the next senior officer.
“Other Executive Board officers are also expected to chip in where there are vacancies and help out until the vacancies are filled,” said Hench.
Students can apply for vacant positions and applications will remain available until Feb. 3, 2017, which is when the next election cycle begins.
Several people also ran on unopposed tickets in April for positions including GPSC president Student Organization treasurer, assistant secretary and vice president of funded groups. Meanwhile, data from Student Government’s CougarLink page showed that 1,437 students voted, or nine percent out of a total graduate and undergraduate population of 15,406.
Student Organization President Emily Cubilete, who was elected last April as the first female for the position, said it is her job along with the board members to help spread word about elections and to get students involved.
“One way we are making this a success is by tabling and speaking to the student body about the positive outcomes you can encounter when elected into a position with Student Government,” Cubilete said. “We have many students that are interested and applying for the positions. We are taking action and moving forward with the applications.”
Student Organization advertises their involvement opportunities on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. They can be followed @KeanStudentGov. Any student who is interested in fulfilling any of the positions available can contact Carli Hench, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are the remaining open seats:
Student Organization Senior Class Executive Board
|Senior class representatives||Five seats available|
Student Organization Junior Class Executive Board
|Vice President||not filled|
|Junior Class representatives||Eight seats available|
Student Organization Sophomore Class Executive Board
|Vice President||not filled|
|Sophomore class representatives||Three seats available|
Kean Ocean representatives
|Kean Ocean representatives||Four seats available|