On Friday, Sept. 7, Drew students went to the polls to elect their new first-year senators. Graham Munro-Ludder (‘22), Marwa Ellesawy (‘22), Sebastián Álvarez (‘22) and Jose Paolo Noble (‘22) were elected to fill the first-year positions, and Emma Marie McAfee (‘21) was elected to fill an empty position in the sophomore class.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MONICA ROYAL
The weeks leading up to the election were full of healthy competition and excitement. Freshman candidates in need of signatures for their petitions campaigned around campus. There was no avoiding the colorful posters in the first year dorms, and it was impossible to scroll through Facebook without seeing posts from first-year candidates explaining why they needed your vote.
“I designed a poster one late Monday night and printed a bunch to hang up,” said newly elected first-year Senator Noble, describing the campaigning process. “Every night was a late night during election week.”
After two weeks of heavy campaigning for the open Senate positions in Student Government, Drew students gathered in Commons or went online to vote for the Class of 2022 and 2021. When asked about her choice, Courtney Kidd (‘22) explained, “I voted for the candidates who would represent the Class of 2022 with confidence during Student Government meetings. I think it is important to have equal representation amongst all grade levels.”
Munro-Ludder said of his goals for the school year, “I'm excited to have an opportunity to translate my ideas into tangible policies or projects to make Drew better for the next incoming class.”
First-year Senator Álvarez said of the upcoming year, “I want to learn! I'm hungry to see what’s great about Drew and what’s not, and I want to be a genuine influence in people’s lives.”
“I would like to see more open communication between the student body and the administration,” said Marwa Ellesawy (’22), explaining what she hopes to accomplish during this school year. “And see more of an effort towards diversity and inclusion.”