ONLINE: MUSG Elections

Thomas, a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Stephanie, a junior in the College of Business Administration, had 56.,”

  • Henry Thomas and Stephanie Stopka were elected president and executive vice president of MUSG in election results announced today.
  • They beat the team of John Kristan and Shazia Ali.
  • Results were also announced for RHA president and vice president, academic senator positions, senior speaker finalists and a referendum regarding the Office of the Ombuds.

The team of Henry Thomas and Stephanie Stopka won this spring's elections for Marquette Student Government president and executive vice president, MUSG announced in a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Thomas, a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Stopka, a junior in the College of Business Administration, had 56.5 percent of the vote. Their opponents, John Kristan and Shazia Ali, both juniors in the College of Arts & Sciences, had 43.5 percent of the vote, according to the election results.

MUSG Elections Coordinator Liz Driscoll said Thursday night that formal complaints of improper campaigning against one of the president and executive vice president teams had been withdrawn. Initially, Driscoll and MUSG advisor Jon Dooley had decided to announce the results at a 4 p.m. press conference despite alleged complaints.

In the race for Residence Hall Association president, Megan Janni, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, won the race with 39.1 percent of the vote. She was docked 2 percent of her votes when RHA found she violated election rules, but this did not affect the final outcome of the race.

John Forristal, a freshman in the College of Communication, came in second with 34.5 percent of the vote and Matthew Dresen, a sophomore in the College of Business Administration, came in third with 25.6 percent of the vote.

The RHA vice president will be David Spence, a sophomore in the College of Business Administration. Spence was the only candidate running for the position.

Driscoll reported that 35 percent of all eligible voters cast ballots, which marked only the second time in 10 years more than a third of eligible students voted in an MUSG spring election.

The referendum question on the ballot, asking whether or not the university should expand the role of the Office of the Ombuds to provide a confidential outlet for students' concerns, passed with 82.4 percent of the vote.

The College of Arts & Sciences senators will be freshman Joseph Ciccone, freshman Emil Ovbiagele and senior Abe Matthew. There is still one seat vacant, and Driscoll said the College of Arts & Sciences Student Council would be asked to select a student to fill the vacancy.

The College of Business Administration senators will be freshman Trent Carlson and junior Alexander Wirtz.

The College of Communication senator will be freshman Katie Simoncic. There is still one vacant seat, which Driscoll said the College of Communication Student Council would be asked to fill.

The College of Engineering senators will be sophomore Ellie Hawkinson and freshman Bryan Fay.

The College of Health Sciences senator will be freshman Aaron Gilling.

The College of Nursing senator will be junior Adam Tandez.

No students ran for the position of College of Education senator, so the College of Education Student Council will be asked to fill the vacancy, Driscoll said.

The three students selected as finalists to be this year's senior speaker are Jean Baumgardner, from the College of Health Sciences, Patrick Lehman, from the College of Engineering, and Mary Kate Wagner, from the College of Arts & Sciences.