By Chris Galvan
Julian Herrera and Diana Ascencio have been elected as Cal Poly Pomona’s Associated Students Inc. next president and vice president.
ASI announced the newly elected 2015-2016 student government leaders on Friday at the University Plaza.
Herrera, a fourth-year communication student, and Ascencio, a third-year management and human resources student, faced stiff opposition during this year’s election against three other presidential and vice presidential candidate pairs: Tyler Glick and Melisa Tovar, Uriah Sanders and Brenda Calderon, and Orlando Smith and Edgar Rodriguez.
Herrera said that the most important goal for them as they start their new positions is increasing CPP’s sense of community and ASI’s engagement with the student body.
“We really want to focus on bringing some kind of campus unity,” said Herrera. “We’ve started building some of that framework this year by getting some councils ” Inter-hall Council, Business Administration, Education and Integrative Studies, Multicultural and Student Interest Council ” to endorse us. We’re building a platform to bring councils together, figure out their needs, and work on all those things.”
Aden Tessman, Marina Sung and Karen Romero all ran unopposed for senator-at-large positions with Greek Council, Inter-hall Council and Multicultural Council respectively. Bianca Pescina was elected as Student Interest Council senator-at-large.
Eight students were also elected as ASI college senators:
Interim Senior Coordinator for Student Life Sharon Rocacorba said that this year’s elections saw a larger student turnout. The elections drew almost 4,000 votes from across the campus for the various positions.
“One reason why more people voted this year is because we had more presidential and vice presidential tickets,” said Rocacorba. “With more tickets there is more interest on campus with people gauging who is winning.
“We had a little more marketing this year for the campaign than last year, and a lot of the candidates are starting to move towards social media campaigns versus paper campaigns. It was a very different feeling this year, which was also part of [the turnout].”
ASI Elections Chair Tommy Ward said ASI boosted their own marketing campaign for the elections as well.
“We hosted six instead of three information sessions for elections this year, and had them in multiple quarters as opposed to only one,” said Ward. “Instead of doing the typical flyers and posters, we also made t-shirts and vinyl banners so we had a few more marketing mediums this year than last.”
The new ASI representatives will begin transitioning into their positions next week.
Melina Orantes / The Poly Post
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