This archived article was written by: Karli Morris
One hundred seventy one students voted in the elections held on Feb. 12-13 for the new president, executive vice president and vice president of activities for ESA.
Lucas Madsen was elected as the president with 66.1 percent of the votes with 113 over Carolyn Thornton who received 58 votes equaling 38.9 percent.
In a closer race, Chelsey Sorenson received 93 votes equaling 54.4 percent of the overall votes to beat Arsene Mugisha who received 45.6 percent of the votes from 78 votes.
Miranda Cox was elected to be the new vice president of activities as she ran unopposed and received 154 votes with 17 voters abstaining.
Madsen expresses nothing but excitement and optimism about the challenge ahead of him of being the USU Eastern Student Body President. Although he believes that he is no more qualified for the position than any other student, Madsen has held many other leadership positions such as; platoon and section leader in the U.S. Army, leadership while serving an LDS mission and being a part of student government in high school.
Madsen has many goals for the 2013-2014 school year. “My goals are going to be focused on the students and making life for them the best I can. I hope to create an environment and atmosphere that students want to return or come (for the first time) to USU Eastern. I want to get the students more excited about attending events going on throughout campus.” These events include athletic games, ESA events, theater productions, music concerts and more. Madsen also wants to make campus more “non-traditional student friendly.” He is looking into baby changing stations in bathrooms and some kind of day care center for the children of non-traditional students. “This is something I am not promising, but would like to look into.”
Madsen says that he wouldn’t change anything from this year, but would just like to build upon it and continue making Eastern a good place to be. “I hope to only continue that legacy of making USU Eastern the best possible campus it can be.”
Cox is also excited for the coming school year. She believes that she is qualified for this position because she is currently an event director working closely with Emily Williams, the current vice president of activities. “I have learned to think on the go,” Cox said. She was involved in leadership during high school.
Her general goal is to improve on activities that were popular this year. “I want to keep lite brite on campus.” She also wants to work with other organizations on campus such as SUN Center, ambassadors and residential life; do more at sporting events to improve school spirit and provide transportation to away games.
Cox wanted to become the Eastern vice president of activities because it is an opportunity with experience not available anywhere else.
She wants to improve planning, scheduling and advertising of activities, which she knows is a challenge. “I’m excited for next year and I’ll do my best.”
Sorenson was contacted for her plans next year, but did not respond before press time.