Sacred Heart Student Government held its elections for the 2022-2023 school year. Students had access to vote from April 12 at 9 a.m. until April 13 at 4 p.m..
Student Government is a student-run organization that advocates for all students’ questions and concerns.
“We work hard to impact not only the SHU community but also the Bridgeport community,” said Olivia Chaponis, the class of 2022 President.
SHU Students received a link to a voting form on the day of the elections. But students campaigning were not allowed to post on social media about themselves to ensure a fair election.
The newly elected Student Government (SG) executive board for the 2022-2023 school year are President Alejandro Ramos, Director of Public Relations Ryan Downey, Direction of Student Relations Gabriella Orlando, Director of Community and Inclusion Bella Scarmack, Comptroller Sam Deliguori and Chief Justice Lauren Pisano.
Newly elected class Presidents are Olivia Larosa representing the Class of 2023, Erin Clark representing the class of 2024 and Zach Braca representing the Class of 2025.
“I believe that Student Government is important because unlike what many students may believe, we do not care if you are republican, democrat, independent, etc., we care about making a change on our campus and making sure that students get the most out of their four years here at SHU,” said Chaponis
This year Student Government went through a few significant changes due to the changes in the constitution this semester. Student Government now consists of a Student Government President, Director of Public Relations, Director of Student Relations, Director of Community and Inclusion, Comptroller, Chief Justice and senators.
With the recent changes, each class has a board that consists of a President, Vice President, Traditions Chair and Class Relations chair.
“The election process was incredible as this was my first election post-Covid. This is only my first year at SHU as a transfer student. I was overwhelmed by the support I received from students,” said Alejandro Ramos. “I had campaign stickers made and saw friends and random people wearing them. I was overcome with happiness with the fact that so many people supported my campaign ideas.”
Even though the elections were so recent, and the newly elected members have not been sworn in, many have already started planning and brainstorming ideas for the upcoming academic year.
“Since I’ve been elected, I have already contacted my advisor about pub nights, senior week and so much more for next year. A lot is to come that is new and exciting while keeping our traditions alive,” said Olivia Larosa.
Since Ramos was elected, he has also started tackling Sacred Heart’s campus parking situation and exploring the idea of free feminine products in all public campus restrooms.
“Holding the position of Student Government President means everything to me. The students put me here, and I will do everything I can for them,” said Ramos. “I cannot wait to see what the year brings and want the entire student body to keep both myself and all of SG accountable.”