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Student Union hosts special elections

The Student Union will be hosting its second election of the semester, according to an email sent to the student body by James Feng ’22, Student Union Secretary and Chief of Elections. These positions were not filled during the first round of elections held on Sep. 10, according to Feng.

The positions available for the senate include: Charles River Community Senator, Ziv and Ridgewood Community Senator, Off-campus Community Senator and Senator-at-Large. The Branch Representative position available is for Junior Representative to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. There is also one Allocations Board position open; it is a one-year seat as an Allocations Board member. 

All candidates are running unopposed for these positions. The candidate for the Charles River Community Senator position is Griffin Stotland ’24. Stotland served as the Charles River Community Senator last year and was also a chairman of the Senate Housing, Facilities and Transportation committee. With his experience, Stotland wants to drive positive change on campus, according to his candidate bio

“As Brandeis students, we deserve not just a voice but a true advocate in communicating our concerns and to take action in creating positive progress for life on campus,” wrote Stotland. 

Zachary Zhang ’22 is the candidate for the Ziv and Ridgewood Community Senator position. In this role, Zhang wants to have students’ voices heard on issues that may arise in this living situation, according to his candidate bio.  

“At the end of the day, an inclusive, well-maintained community is not only something that I have a personal stake in, it’s what everyone at Brandeis should strive for,” wrote Zhang in his candidate bio. 

The Off-campus Community Senator candidate is Anna Jacobson ’25. According to her candidate bio, Jacobson wants to improve the student experience and listen to the voices of both commuter and on-campus students.  Jacobson wants to make student life enjoyable and accessible, according to her bio, making sure that there is an inclusive space for off-campus students. 

“I want to make student life and involvement more enjoyable and accessible. I hope to make Brandeis a more welcoming and inclusive place for off-campus students,” wrote Jacobson. Samantha Shortall ’23 is the candidate for the Senator-at-Large position. Shortall has experience in the Student Union having served as a member of the Health and Safety Committee last fall, where she contributed to reinitiating the free condom dispensers around campus, according to her bio. She also served on the Social Justice Committee last spring, where she spearheaded disability awareness education with a focus on gathering resources for Autism Acceptance Month, according to her candidate bio. One of Shortall’s main goals as Senator-at-Large is holding the BranVan accountable for sticking to its schedule. 

“As your senator, I will listen to your ideas and amplify your voices to fulfill your needs,” wrote Shortall. 

Max Lerner ’23 is the Junior Representative to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee candidate. Lerner, in this position, wants to continue to represent the student body and advocate academically for students. In his bio, Lerner wrote he wants to make full use of his voice to help the student body. 

“I want to make sure that students are well-represented in the administration and do my part to ensure that our voices are heard. The administration and faculty often take positive steps to making necessary changes for the student body; however, without proactive input from us, they cannot fully understand and empathize with what we have experienced and what we really need,” wrote Lerner. 

Shiv Chawla ’23 is the candidate for the Allocations Board member position. This is a one-year seat. Chawla says he “intend[s] to make it my to[p] priority to be more communicative with the various student organizations that populate campus,” according to his bio.

Campaigning for the special elections began on Sep. 21 and will continue through Sep. 29. Voting will be held all day on Sep. 29. An information session was held on Sep. 18 and all candidate biographies and intent to run were due on Sep. 20, according to Feng’s email. 

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