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Student Government Association elects new members

Updated: Oct 13, 2022

Students from each class took to the virtual polls on September 20 to elect new members to the Student Government Association (SGA) for the 2022-2023 school year.

The Student Government Association gets together for a club photo during their fall retreat. Photo courtesy of Thomas Morgan

The election totaled in 147 votes, and they were cast as follows:

2026: 78 votes

2025: 22 votes

2024: 16 votes

2023: 31 votes

Students elected Jacob Lustig as first-year class president, and Arielle Hornbaker, Kemley Joseph, Emily Lifson, Cameron McDonough, Sarah Mendes, Mahima Patel, Marino Kozaka, and Jeffrey Serrano Sanchez as SGA senators.

SGA President Michael Woo said he was happy with the turnout of voters and he looks forward to getting to know the newly elected students.

“I just want to thank everyone for voting who did and if people have any thoughts around the election or want to get involved next year, they are always more than welcome to come to meetings,” Woo said.

SGA Advisor Thomas Morgan said he was also happy with how the election went this year. “I love the fall elections because they happen right away so people really hit the ground running,” Morgan said.

Morgan said he loves seeing students come back to school excited with new ideas on how to improve the Lasell community. “I always love seeing new ideas and new perspectives,” Morgan said.

Senior biochemistry major Mahima Patel was re-elected for her second year of SGA with a new role on the Financial Affairs committee. Patel previously served as the Junior Class President, and an Academic Affairs senator. Patel’s advice for students recently elected is to enjoy their time with SGA.

“We become like a really close family kind of, but don't let it overpower your school life,” Patel said. “Make sure you have a social life. Make sure you put your education first.”

The sense of community is why senior health science major Celeste Hunter-Pines decided to join SGA in the spring of 2021. Hunter-Pines, who currently serves as SGA’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, thinks that new and current members of the club were able to blend nicely during the fall meeting SGA had on Sept 25.

“We have a lot of new faces, and we have some returners,” said Hunter-Pines. “Everyone brings something different to the table. It looks very exciting this year.”

Sophomore education major Sanchez has been elected as a senator and said that he hopes to help create opportunities that weren’t available before his time on SGA.

“I think we have a great team and that we’re going to create change,” Sanchez said. “I can feel it in the environment.”

SGA holds their meetings every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. in the Stoller room on the second floor of the library. The meetings are open to any students interested in getting involved.

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