Macris and Cantelmi elected SGA president and vice president, Kennedy elected SMU president

The Student Government Association announced election winners for SGA and SMU.

Hannah Larson, News Editor

Election results for the Student Government Association president and vice president, Student Missionary Union president and SGA senators were announced today after weeks of campaigning. Biolans voted for their student government representatives from Monday, Feb. 14 to Wednesday, Feb. 16. 

SGA ELECTION RESULTS

Junior public relations and strategic communication major Christie Macris and junior psychology major Andrew Cantelmi were elected as the 2022-2023 president and vice president of SGA. Macris as well as opposing candidates, junior political science majors Richard Villarreal and Rudy Torres, discussed their campaign experiences and future goals. 

“I want to see more student groups feel comfortable and be able to run and sit in on our senate meetings, so that they can share their perspectives,” Macris said. “The other thing I’d like to see is more campus wide events where students have opportunities to engage and interact with each other. I will promise to do my absolute best to communicate the students’ needs and frustrations.”

Villarreal expressed his appreciation for the chance to interact with Biolans and share students’ ideas about supplying scooters and ice machines for campus. He said he enjoyed meeting with supporters and plans to continue advocating for students during the remainder of his term as Stewart senator. 

Torres said he enjoyed connecting with the Biola community by going door to door and interacting with students. He congratulated the Macris-Cantelmi team and expressed his hope that “Biolans First” would be at the center of their platform.

SENATE AND SMU RESULTS

Freshman biological sciences major Iziphozonke Mlambo was elected Blackstone senator, and junior intercultural studies major Kaylee Morris won the Hart senator position. Both students who ran to represent off-campus Biolans—junior psychology major Adrian Velez and junior political science major Grace Kelly—failed to get the 115 minimum votes necessary for election, so the OCC senator positions remain unfilled. 

Junior education and philosophy double major Lauren Kennedy was elected as the 2022-2023 SMU president. 

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