SMC prepares for student body presidential elections

first_imgTickets for student government “Big Board” and Class Board elections at Saint Mary’s were in full campaign mode Thursday following Wednesday’s student body president and vice president campaign speeches, assistant director of Student Involvement and  Multicultural Services Graci Martsching said.“Elections are a vital part of the Saint Mary’s experience,” Martsching said. “Nearly every aspect of a student’s Saint Mary’s experience is impacted by the people who are elected to the Big Boards, which include Class Boards, Student Diversity Boars, Student Activities Board and Residence Hall Association.”The students elected to each position will choose campus events, the students’ educational experiences and the initiatives to push in residences halls, Martsching said.Current student body president Kathleen Sullivan said voting will officially take place from 12:01 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. She said each ticket must win a majority vote, and the candidates-elect will be notified of results next Friday.“It is interesting observing these elections because I can tell that all candidates are passionate about the positions they are running for,” Sullivan said. “My advice to these candidates is to keep the fire burning. Your passion for Saint Mary’s is electric. If you’re excited about what you’re doing, chances are the student body will be excited as well.”Sullivan said she has loved working with an organization of almost 50 members while helping contribute to the betterment of the College during her time as student body president.“I’m very proud of the work we have done this year, and I look forward to seeing what future administrations accomplish,” she said.Lauren Osmanski said she and Tori Wilbraham, candidates for president and vice president of the class of 2015, promise to give back to Saint Mary’s by serving both their class and the campus community as a whole.“Saint Mary’s has given us so much,” Osmanski said. “We love the class of 2015 and believe that we can make this year our best year yet.“We want to unite our senior class in creating memories for year to come. This is something the both of us have wanted to do for a long time, and since it is our last year we want to seize the opportunity.”Osmanski said a main goal for her platform is to involve and integrate the class of 2015 in every decision made under her and Wilbraham’s leadership..“As the voice for our senior class, our main goal is to take the traditional events and make them personal for our class,” Osmanski said. “We want to embrace all the relationships that have been made and create events to celebrate these special bonds.”Also running for the president and vice president of the class of 2015 are junior nursing majors and roommates Chloe Deranek and Emily Getz. Deranek said she and Getz saw a need for change in how every student is represented in her class.“We wanted to run because we saw a need for a change, and we really want to give every single person in our class a voice and also keep events down to a minimum cost-wise,” Deranek said. “We saw a need for it in our class, a need to make a change and have a good senior year.”Sullivan acknowledged the importance of addressing a variety of issues and initiatives on campus and said she looks forward to seeing the candidates’ plans come to fruition.“It’s important for students to realize that they have a voice,” she said. “As a student body, we chose who represents Saint Mary’s.”Tags: elections, saint mary’s, Saint Mary’s College, SMC, student bodylast_img read more


Indictment Against Man Charged With Multiple Arson Counts Dismissed

first_imgROCHESTER – New York State’s Fourth Appellate Division ruled Friday that they’ve unanimously dismissed the indictment against Jonathan H. Young, 22, who was charged in connection with numerous fires in the Jamestown/Falconer area.The Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office previously appealed a decision from Judge David Foley dated Feb. 8, 2019 suppressing statements that Young allegedly made to Pennsylvania State Police. Young was indicted on 14 counts of arson and 11 counts of criminal mischief.Assistant District Attorney John Zuroski appeared before New York State’s 4th Appellate Division in December to argue the appeal of a ruling that suppressed evidence against Young.Zuroski told the court that Jamestown Police did not participate in questioning, but rather, observed Pennsylvania State Police interrogate Young. The troopers, according to Zuroski, were primarily focused on their case, not the case in New York. Kaixi Xu, who represented Young, argued that Pennsylvania State Police acted as “agents” of the Jamestown Police Department. Furthermore, Xu said that Young should have been re-mirandized when asked questions about New York’s case.When reached for comment, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson declined.WNYNewsNow also reached Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone via phone for comment Friday evening Barone said that his office, along with Young, are “thrilled” with the outcome.“We’re extremely thrilled with the decision,” Barone said. “I know they took a little bit of extra time given the importance (of the case). I think the appellate division saw it for what it was.”“I think it’s a win for our fundamental rights (rather than for his office and Young)…Don’t forget, he spent over a year in jail on these charges.”Barone said that the District Attorney could refile charges if they so choose. The attorney added that Young was released from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon.WNYNewsNow will continue to follow the story. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more