International relations sophomore Lorenzo Santavicca was elected the new president of the Associated Students of Michigan State University Wednesday night. President elect Santavicca defeated Vice President for Governmental Affairs and political theory and constitutional democracy junior Bryn Williams by a vote of 18 to 13.
Santavicca, having served as vice president for academic affairs this year, will assume the position May 16, the beginning of the summer term.
“I am really honored, I am really thankful and I am really happy that the general assembly knows they can place a lot of trust in my leadership next year as president,” Santavicca said.
Santavicca said his platform consists of increased transparency, student empowerment and collaboration.
“I just really want to thank my peers that have also reached out to representatives and placed trust in me,” Santavicca said.
Santavicca will succeed outgoing president and public policy senior Domonique Clemons, who served as part of ASMSU in a multitude of positions throughout the last four years.
“I think Lorenzo is going to do a good job,” Clemons said. “There is definitely a steep learning curve to this position and I don’t think anyone can be fully prepared. I certainly know I wasn’t. … I do think in due time Lorenzo will learn all the things he needs to learn. I think he’ll do a phenomenal job in the presidency.”
During the meeting, ASMSU also voted to approve their budget for next year as well as changes to the organization's financial code. Concerns surrounded the amount of funding provided to the Red Cedar Log and for salaried positions in the Office of the President.
Santavicca said his first main focus as president will be talking to student leaders about their budget.
“1.4 million dollars is a lot for an organization to manage,” Santavicca said. “For us to deliberate on where the proper allocation of funds are going, everything from (the Red Cedar Log) to CORES and COPS, we need to sit down and examine, make sure that all our facets of the organization, particularly our student body, is receiving the proper funding that they need.”
Accounting junior Jason Barnett was voted vice president for finance and operations during the meeting. The vice president for academic affairs position, originally slated to be voted on Wednesday night, will instead be voted on Thursday in addition to the vice president positions for internal administration, governmental affairs and student allocations.
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