The winners of the 2015-2016 Student Association Executive Board at Binghamton University were confirmed on Monday evening at the SA Congress meeting with Dillon Schade as president, Zach Vigliani as executive vice president (EVP), Kate Tashman as vice president for finance (VPF), Amanda Baker as vice president for academic affairs (VPAA) and Bernadette Machuca as vice president for programming (VPP).
After a vote from the Executive Board, the SA decided to hold a re-vote for the position of vice president for multicultural affairs (VPMA) — despite the fact that Epiphany Munoz ran unopposed and received 74.42 percent of the vote. The Planning, Research and Elections (PRE) Committee found that Munoz had committed an infraction by sending a campaign email to a listserv she was not authorized to use.
According to Jean-Philippe Fauchet, Student Congress speaker and a senior majoring in computer science, the timeline will be decided in the next two weeks, and the revote ballot will have Munoz and a write-in option.
The Congress also discussed and voted on other current issues, including a Clean Water Initiative, which was approved by a 26-0-2 vote. The proposal urged the University’s Physical Facilities department to provide maintenance to water fountains and ensure the replacement of clean filters in response to complaints from students about defective filters.
Following the meeting, Schade, a junior majoring in industrial and systems engineering, expressed his excitement about winning the presidential position, which he won with 57.42 percent of the vote. According to Schade, he looks forward to his time in office and plans to enhance alumni relations and increase student volunteer rates at BU.
“I’ve spent my entire three years at this University trying to improve student life and improve Binghamton as a whole,” Schade said. “I think this is the perfect opportunity to make this impact.”
Vigliani, a junior majoring in management, was elected EVP with 40.26 percent of the vote, receiving more than double the votes of second-place candidate Nicholas Ferrara, who received 19.99 percent.
“I’m ready to continue what [Current Executive Vice President] Chris [Zamlout] has been doing in the office and try to expand it, and try to talk to student groups and see what their concerns are,” Vigliani said. “I’m honestly still in shock right now, I can’t believe it.”
For Baker, a junior double-majoring in math and history and the newly elected VPAA, winning the position has been a dream of hers since she first got to BU.
“Ever since I literally set foot on this campus for orientation, even before classes started, I’ve wanted this position,” Baker said. “Academics meant so much to me, so winning this is literally the best thing that could’ve happened.”
Baker won VPAA with 40.29 percent of the vote, closely beating runner-up Robert Pim, who received 35.85 percent of the vote. Had Baker only received 60 fewer votes, a runoff would have occurred. She said that finding out the results were so close only made the win more exciting.
“Seeing how close the election was was even better just knowing that I pulled through, because every vote counts,” Baker said.
Tashman received more than double the amount of votes than Mike Sabony for VPF, winning with 69.79 percent of the votes. Machuca was elected VPP with only 248 more votes than her opposition, James Kuo, with 53.03 percent of the vote.