Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012 01:09
Seven freshman Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate seats and three spots on the Freshman Class Council were filled during yesterday’s election.
Ethan Finkelstein, Janna Karatas, Amy Kim, Adam Kochman, Tarek Makawi, Hira Qureshi and Brian Tesser will serve as freshman senators.
Wayne Yeh was elected Freshman Class Council president. James Golden joins the Freshman Class Council as vice president of social programming. Jason Brillon will fill the position of Freshman Class Council secretary.
According to article VIII, section C, sub-section two of the TCU Constitution, a minimum of one-sixth of the members of TCU must vote in order for referenda to pass, Tufts Election Commission (ECOM) Chair Michael Borys said. Although a majority of voters were in favor of the three referenda on the ballot, the referenda did not garner approval from one-sixth of the Senate and thus did not pass.
Referendum 1, which would elevate the diversity and community affairs officer to an Executive Board position on the TCU Senate, failed to pass.
A second referendum that would revise the requirements for the creation of new Senate community representatives did not pass.
Also pending is Referendum 3, a constitutional amendment that would render the TCU historian position independent from the student outreach committee chair.
Twenty percent of the student body voted on the referenda, a total of 1,062 students. Fifty percent of the Class of 2016 voted on the freshman ballot.