Koury, Hopely, elected leaders of Student Government Assoc.

By Lauren Santye

The 2014-15 Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board was elected on April 8 in the Student Recreation Center with junior public relations major Allie Koury coming out on top.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic about the fact that I’m president,” she said. “I really hope to get the students involved and really make it so it’s not two campuses, but so that we feel like we’re all one campus.”

Koury won president with 219 votes; Ryan Hopely, freshman public relations major, received vice president with 177 votes; Andrew Dimino, junior entrepreneurial studies/management major, will be secretary with 325 votes; and Nick Rapisarda, junior accounting and finance major, will be the treasurer with 246 votes.

Hopely is just as excited about receiving the position of vice president in the election.

“I’m incredibly thankful for winning,” Hopely said. “Thank you to everyone who voted. Thank you to the co-candidates — everyone did fabulous.

“For things I would like to accomplish, I would love to see Senate much more engaging, love to see Senate quorum, and everyone always look forward to Senate every week.”

Rapisarda shares Hopely’s enthusiasm in having won his position of treasurer. He wants to make some positive changes when it comes to how the SGA operates its finances.

“This is a position I have always strived to achieve ever since I came to Rider,” he said. “It’s a joyus feeling knowing all of my past positions and accomplishments have led me to this. Going forward, I plan to work with my SGA board to recognize the financial problems that organizations are dealing with and develop solutions.”


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