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SGA Election Results In

By Karina Palencia
On April 18, 2012

More than 320 students voted for Saint Xavier University's 2012-13 Student Government Association (SGA) Elections, which took place from Apr. 9-13.

The new board consists of Kelly Mihalik, president; Victoria Martello, executive vice president; Kelly Knudsen, vice president of Public Relations; Michelle Thompson, vice president of Financial Affairs; and Darryl Brown, executive secretary/treasurer.

"The process was very exciting and stressful; I was not expecting it to be so long but I am very excited to see all the students take action and vote for their executive board," said Mihalik. "I look forward to next year and what SGA will accomplish," she added.

Brown has been in this position in the past; he served in this role in 2010-11 academic year, this year he has served as senator. "I'm excited to be in this position again and look forward to another great year," said Brown.

Students voted online in the diner or in their own computer accessed device. The voting was easy: it only consisted of logining into your SXU account and then clicking the SGA elections link and voting for the person that you desired to see in the position.

One-on-one with Kelly Mihalik:

President-elect Kelly Mihalik sat down with The Xavierite after her election to the SGA to discuss her plans and goals for next year.

She outlined four major goals: to increase the voice of the student body on campus, to enhance the wellness on campus such as better food options, to embrace the diversity on campus and to make Saint Xavier a more commuter friendly campus.

Mihalik is especially resolute about getting commuters involved. To achieve this, she offered better ways of circulating information around campus. "If we walk by a flier one hundred times, we're not going to look at it anymore so we have to get more creative in how we communicate with each other," said Mihalik. She suggested that SGA members physically visit parts of campus, such as Coffee Cats, to get the student body involved.

Mihalik also hopes to transform the empty space where Figaros used to be into a place to promote campus involvement. "I hope to see it as a mini student center; if we use it as a place to enhance commuter involvement in campus life, I think it would be a good thing for the administration to look at," she believes.

She also addressed fostering greater communication amongst the various organizations on campus. To achieve this, she proposed creating a student organization council that will be run strictly by students. According to her, this will further allow the students to "communicate more effectively with each other."

Mihalik was asked about Org Sync, an online networking site for Saint Xavier students. It was launched last semester with the hopes of raising awareness of campus clubs and organizations. "I think that if we advertise Org Sync at all of the freshman Focus sessions this summer, it will prove to be very effective, she said."

Regarding what some have called erratic dining hours at the campus diner, Mihalik said that SGA will "take another look."

Finally, she admitted that, unfortunately SGA has little power in dealing with rising tuition costs, which are set by the Board of Trustees. She laughed, "If we had our way, tuition would be zero dollars."

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