By Jen Maldonado and Katie Zeck
The votes are in for next year’s Student Government Association (SGA) executive board positions, with Lorelei Colbert elected as president, Adam Grossman winning vice president, Joe Forte elected as secretary and Justin Baldwin as treasurer.
Current SGA president Brian Williams announced the winners of the executive board as well as other elected positions, including class councils, Association of Commuting Students, Residence Hall Association, Finance Board and Greek Council in the Atrium of the Student Recreation Center Tuesday night.
Approximately 800 students came out to vote Tuesday in the Student Recreation Center (SRC) throughout the day. Grossman won the title of vice president with a total of 251 votes, Baldwin won as treasurer with 338 votes and Forte received 443 votes for secretary. To further encourage students to go in to the SRC and cast their votes, impersonators for Barack Obama, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney were found walking around campus entertaining students.
“I’m so thrilled to be able to hold the position as SGA president next year,” said Colbert, who ran for the presidency unopposed. “We’re going to have a great year. Now it’s time to look for a passionate Cabinet that will help us take it to the next level.”
Colbert said that one of her main focuses for next year will be to maintain the level of activity on campus.
“We’ve already started making Rider feel more alive and I cannot wait to keep improving next year,” she said. “I’m excited to get more school spirit at each home game and all campus events.”
Grossman discussed his future plans as vice president, which include improving student participation in various campus activities.
“I would like to improve attendance at student Senate by making it more interactive for delegates and by encouraging more of the general campus community to attend,” he said. “I would also like to create more weekend programming to keep students active and engaged throughout the weekends.”
In addition to the executive board, Aaron Jacobs and Benjamin Smith won the Finance Board at Large seats. Joseph Gleason won the Greek Seat of the Finance Board and Leonard Kim won the Resident Seat. For Residence Hall Association (RHA), Kelly Sandefur won president, Lee Clark won vice president of administration, JJ Duke won vice president of programming, Kimberly Warren won the position of secretary, Brittany Blythe won the spot of communications coordinator, Angela Delgado won community outreach chair and Chris Werner won the title of recreation chair.