The students of the University of Dallas voted last Thursday and Friday for their new Student Government (SG) Executive Council for the 2018-2019 term.
The Executive Council consists of four positions: president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary.
The duties of each office within the Executive Council vary from position to position, as outlined by the SG Constitution.
The office of the president is concerned with bringing the student body’s concerns to the administration, the vice president is charged with the organization of SG, the secretary is responsible for SG’s communication to the student body and the treasurer must maintain and account for SG’s fiscal responsibility.
Those spots will be filled with an all-junior slate of Clare Slattery, Allison Pettyjohn, Joe Griesbauer and Maureen O’Toole, respectively.
O’Toole and Griesbauer ran unopposed where Slattery ran against current treasurer, Jim Mobus, and Pettyjohn ran against chairman of the Judicial Review committee, Henry Jaros.
President-elect Slattery has accumulated three years experience in SG, serving as a senator for two years and secretary this past year.
“I’d really like to work on communication between faculty and the student body and the administration before these big issues arise,” said Slattery. “The president has a really great position to be able to talk directly to the administration … It’s a significant thing … to be able to ask the questions that need to be asked.”
Vice President-elect Pettyjohn served as a senator for three semesters, sitting on many committees and chairing the sizeable Student Concerns committee this past year.
“I think that everything about what I want to do with SG next year boils down to helping senators and senate committees be productive,” Pettyjohn said. “Vice President is much more of the … administrative side of things within the Senate.”
Treasurer-elect Griesbauer is a junior physics major and baseball player who has served for the past year as a junior class representative in the senate.
“One of the things I’d like to improve on is, just in general, I think that a little too much of the student government funding doesn’t go back to the students,” Griesbauer said. “Students really want to see more out of their representatives so they want to see us doing more for them.”
Secretary elect O’Toole served in the senate her freshman and sophomore year and took a year off to work at the United States’ embassy in Rome.
“As Secretary, I will ensure that the student body is well informed and excited about all that is happening in the Senate and on campus,” O’Toole said in a statement on Crusader Connect. “With this position, I look forward to taking on new responsibilities and doing the best I can for the UD student body.”
The newly elected Executive Council will be mentored by the current members of the Executive council in each of their respective duties and will assume their offices on May 1, 2018.
“I’m excited to take the expertise that I’ve learned, thanks to Angelo and Lili and Jim who are wonderful and have taught me so much this past year and to be able to bring that into the next year with this great team,” Slattery said.