The election of a president, vice president and 10 senators from The Connection slate has raised questions of fair campaigning and the future of ASUNM.
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The race between three second-year UNM Law School students ended Friday when Rachel Jenks became the new president of the Graduate and Professional Student Association by 29 votes.
The Connection slate made a clean sweep in Tuesday’s ASUNM presidential election, with Sen. Andrea Cook and Sen. Steve Aguilar winning the president and vice-president positions, and the New Mexico Daily Lobo retaining $38,000 in student fees.
Sen. Andrea Cook, presidential candidate on The Connection slate, wants students to know about ASUNM campus safety and the various services available at the University.
Sen. Tim Serna, presidential candidate on The People slate, says he will hold senators accountable for their actions and will work hard to make sure students are the focus of the University.
All registered undergraduate students can vote for ASUNM’s president, vice-president and Senate today, and decide on two constitutional amendments that deal with Student Publications funding and Senate vacancies.
Sen. David Padilla, vice-presidential candidate on The People slate, said that getting involved with and adjusting to a new student government has pushed him to keep learning and working for students.
Sen. Steve Aguilar said he wants to be vice president of ASUNM because the position allows for a lot of communication with students and senators, which is something he wants to improve.
About 20 students marched to Scholes Hall chanting "No tuition increases" after an election rally sponsored by M.E.Ch.A in Smith Plaza Monday.
The GPSA Council passed next year's budget and elected Bill Dials as its next council chairman during its monthly meeting Saturday.
Graduate and professional students can vote for GPSA president today through April 12.
Bill Dials said his leadership and educational experiences will help him to add structure and new faces to GPSA if he becomes council chairperson.
UNM student Rachel Jenks says she has sound judgement, is skilled at solving problems and would make a good GPSA president.
UNM student Keith Valles says he is qualified to become GPSA president because he works well with people, is good at building consensus and has campus-wide leadership experience.
GPSA presidential candidate Dathan Weems says student government has been the focal point of his education.
The Senate passed appropriations and amendments with few arguments Wednesday night, though Sen. Da Vonda Bowens expressed disappointment with the group during her closing comments.
Members of The People slate answered questions about campus safety and group affiliations at Tuesday night’s election debate sponsored by the Pre-Law Association, while the Connection Slate opted not to participate.
Sen. Steve Aguilar said he and other candidates on the Connection slate will not attend an election debate if they do not know and agree on the panelists who will ask questions.
One ASUNM committee allocated $882 to Students Educating Peers About Sex to fund salaries for the rest of the semester, while another passed three changes to the Law Book Wednesday night.
ASUNM President Jennifer Liu signed a constitutional amendment that cancels New Mexico Daily Lobo funding and cuts what many thought was a proposed increase in funding for Conceptions Southwest and Best Student Essays.