Freshman candidates pitch platforms at press night

by Martha Schick / Beacon Staff • December 4, 2014

 Three freshman Student Government Association hopefuls gave speeches at Press Night on Monday, all focusing on how their prior experience would help if elected. Two freshman class positions remain open, with no balloted candidates.

Samuel Chase, a journalism major, and Rey Sawan, a marketing communication major, are facing off for class of 2018 president and spoke at the event. Harry Mardirossian, a writing, literature, and publishing major, said he was not able to attend Press Night because of homework, but is also a balloted candidate for their class president.

Arianna Conte, a political communication major, is running unopposed for class of 2018 secretary and gave a speech at the event. Cristina Ashbaugh, a political communication major running for class of 2018 senator, was also unable to attend.

The elected positions of journalism senator and class of 2018 vice president and treasurer have no candidates on the ballot, but students can be nominated in the online poll, and winners may take office if they turn in the required elections packet by SGA's last meeting of the semester on Dec. 9.

If no one is elected, there will be another election at the beginning of next semester.

Conte started the speeches off, saying she had four years of experience on her high school's student government and noting that this semester, she was a member of the Freshman Class Council, an informal body that develops the incoming class’s constitution.

Sawan, who did not taken part in the freshman council, said his cultural background would help him as president, as he moved from Dubai to attend Emerson. He said his main goal, if elected, would be to include faculty and staff in more on-campus events.

Chase, a member of the freshman council, spoke about his on-campus involvement at Emerson so far, including his job as assistant to the executive producer of the EVVY Awards, the annual show recognizing student work, and a member of Acappellics Anonymous. As a member of the freshman council, he said he is very familiar with the class constitution.

Both Sawan and Chase said they would hope to join SGA in another capacity if not elected.

The polls are open from midnight on Dec. 3 to 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 4 at

Although only freshman are supposed to be allowed to vote for their class officers, students of all classes were able to write in a name for class of 2018 treasurer.

After an inquiry by the Beacon, SGA elections chair Jasmine Reyes said she alerted SGA adviser Sharon Duffy to the mistake. The page was still available to all students as of late Wednesday night, but was closed to non-freshmen by Thursday.