Announced in Upper Place Riel on March 27, the University of Saskatchewan undergraduate student body has chosen its students’ union executive members for the 2014–15 academic year.
With 2,061 votes, Max FineDay is excited to return for a second term as U of S Students’ Union president.
“It feels great,” FineDay said. “I’ve been given a mandate by our students, and that’s work that I intend to do and I won’t disappoint.”
Winning the race for vice-president Academic Affairs with 1,693 votes, Desirée Steele lauded her fellow students for giving her the opportunity to earn their support.
“I’d like to thank all the students that voted for me,” Steele said. “But also all the students that gave me the chance to talk to them. I hope I can meet more and convince them that the USSU is worth their time and interest.”
Elias Nelson secured the title of vice-president operations and finance with 1,511 votes after unsuccessfully running for the position in 2013. He thanked all those who helped with his campaign this year.
“A lot of very good people have put in a lot of work for me. I have very good friends that have put in a lot of time at a great sacrifice for me, and it just really feels good to have lived up to what they expect of me and to have made the most of their time,” Nelson said.
Jack Saddleback garnered 2,472 votes in his bid for vice-president student affairs. Running unopposed, Saddleback looks forward to using his experience on campus as both a student and as USSU Pride Centre coordinator in his new role as part of the executive.
“I’ve been at the university for three years now and I’ve been working at the pride centre for two of those years,” Saddleback said. “I’ve been working as hard as I can for all of the students, and it’s humbling to know that I can now do that on a larger scale.”
Incoming University Senate members are Heather Franklin, Gabe Senecal, Daniel LeBlanc, Monica Iron, Jaylynn Arcand and Kate Marchildon.
Total voter turnout was 3,251 undergraduate students, or 19.2 per cent of the 16,975 potential voters.