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Vote in 2020 New Student Elections

October 2, 2020
New Students
Ellen Yates, Student Council; and Spencer Whitney, UBE

Fellow Students,

We hope you've had a great start to your year! Our names are Ellen Yates and Spencer Whitney, and we serve as the President of Student Council and the Chair of the University Board of Elections, respectively. By now, you've probably heard a lot about student self-governance at the University. One of the best ways to engage in student self-governance is to get involved in University elections. This is an opportunity to voice your opinions about how the University currently is and what it should look like in the future.

Starting next week, the New Student Elections for three First-Year Representatives and one Transfer Student Representative to Student Council will be under way, as well as elections for First-Year Council President and First-Year Council Vice President.

Here are some important dates for the New Student Elections:

Wednesday, Sept. 30th: Campaigning began 
Monday, Oct. 5th: Voting begins 
Wednesday, Oct. 7th: Voting and campaigning ends (results announced 5 p.m.) 

Student Council (StudCo) is the student governing body, which focuses on policy-based initiatives and projects to provide resources and opportunities to every student on Grounds. First-Year Council, or FYC, focuses on events and programming to promote unity among the first-year class.

Your elected officials, both from StudCo and FYC, will be integral in shaping the experiences of the first-year class. We are excited to watch your class participate in its first formal exercise of student self-governance. Further, we encourage you all to participate in both the Fall New Student Elections and the Spring University-Wide Elections.

More information about elections can be found at the University Board of Elections (UBE) website,, and any questions can be directed to the Chair of UBE, Spencer Whitney, at If you would like more information about StudCo, this can be found at Any questions about the position of StudCo Representative can be directed to the Chair of the Representative Body, Abel Liu, at


Ellen Yates, Student Council President
Spencer Whitney, University Board of Elections Chair