Elections for the Off Campus College Council (OC3) concluded with two runoffs last Thursday night, following the April 28 elections that settled the other three positions.
On April 28, the race for president went to Lynn Mugodo, a junior double-majoring in political science and philosophy, politics and law. Nicole Lebowitz, a junior majoring in psychology, was elected vice president of communications, and William Quick, a junior double-majoring in history and political science, was elected program director.
On Thursday, Steve Molinari, a junior majoring in political science, was elected vice president over Ethan Binder, and David Huberman, a sophomore majoring in psychology, defeated Souvik Chatterjee to be elected treasurer. Both elections were conducted through email.
The OC3 is the main representative student body for off-campus students, according to Tom Furman, current president of OC3 and a senior majoring in philosophy, politics and law.
“The main role of the council is to provide student government, programs, and services for Off-Campus undergraduate students in cooperation with other members of the University and surrounding communities,” he wrote in an email.
Furman said the primary responsibilities of the Council were to hold weekly meetings, represent off-campus students at the Student Congress, host social events and help to organize Bar Crawl.
He also said that the Council sponsored a free legal clinic and was working with the Student Association to publish a landlord rating website by next fall.
Program Director-elect Quick said that better event planning was important to him.
“I want to bring back popular events from last year like the Thanksgiving dinner, Halloween and Christmas party we had,” he said. “But I’d like to see more events at our office and in Downtown Binghamton.”
Quick said he was considering planning a trip to the Destiny USA mall in Syracuse and organizing an OC3 block party.
President-elect Mugodo said the OC3 needs to appeal to more students.
“It’s very hard to advertise to off-campus students and get the OC3’s name out there,” she said. “We’re probably going to use more tactics that are in your face.”
Mugodo said the council would promote events by co-sponsoring with SA groups, putting up balloons across campus, using social media and surveying student interest ahead of time.
Matthew Sausner, a sophomore majoring in theater, said that he and his housemates have gone to OC3 for legal advice.
“We had them look at putting a clause into our lease regarding payment through financial aid,” Sausner said. “They also showed us a bunch of reports from other students on our potential landlord.”
Sausner said he would go back to the office in the future.
“They really have info you can’t find anywhere else,” he said.
Mugodo, though, said she wanted the Council and off-campus office to provide more than just legal counsel to students.
“I want to create atmosphere where students feel safe to come,” she said. “The goal is still to create some form of community, even if we’re off campus.”