Welcome the new team
RRC elects the new faces of the Red River College Students’ Association
No members of the current Red River College Students’ Association (RRCSA) sought reelection, which ensured there would be an entirely new executive responsible for determining the direction of student affairs in the upcoming school year.
Garrett Meisner ran unopposed for the position of president, and successfully overcame a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote. In the eventuality that he received a no vote, a board member would’ve been appointed in the interim until the new school year when a by-election would’ve been held. Meisner received 572 ‘yes’ votes, and 97 ‘no’ votes.
Meisner’s pledged to make the RRCSA more accessible to students in an effort to eliminate what he perceived to be “a clear disconnect between the students and the SA.” He also vowed to continue working on getting a hockey arena, upgrading the gym, working on providing students with cheaper food, and working on parking issues.
Corey Skochyles, the only candidate for the position of vice president internal, also overcame a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote to join the executive. Skochyles has previous experience in student government, volunteering with the Student Advisory Board.
Michael Santarsieri, an accounting major in the Business Administration program, edged Jamie Mager to become the new vice president external, representing students at the Exchange District Campus. Santarsieri had 362 versus 297 for Mager.
Jocelle Cuvos got 472 votes and defeated Larry Schmidt, a student in the Business Administration program who received 205 votes. She will be the new vice president academic in the upcoming school year.
Voting took place online between Feb. 13 and Feb. 16. It was the second year in a row that voting was conducted strictly online. In the 2011 RRCSA election, 740 students voted. Total voter turnout this year was 700, a decrease of 40 voters. The exit poll numbers are unofficial.
The results were announced on Feb. 16 at the Rock the Vote Kegger at The Cave at the Notre Dame Campus.