Topics: Student body presidential election of 2017
Student government isn’t exactly starting from scratch — but the books are being rewritten. Along with the new constitution that accompanied the arrival of the Elizabeth Adkins administration, a revised Student Code is about to take hold as well.
With a new student government administration comes a new constitution and a new set of rules.
Contentiousness and controversy in the student body election this spring delayed the vote for weeks — from the original date of Feb. 14 to the first vote on March 10, which was followed by a runoff election two weeks later.
The incoming student government officers for the 2017-18 school year were inaugurated Tuesday at the Great Hall in the Student Union.
After a prolonged election cycle, Elizabeth Adkins was declared the student body president for the 2017-18 school year on Friday. Staff writer Molly Looman spoke with Adkins, whose inauguration is set for April 4, about her plans.
Elizabeth Adkins was voted the student body president for the 2017-2018 academic year on Friday night.
Student body president elections continue with a runoff election on Friday.
The student body president election will proceed to a run-off between Elizabeth Adkins and Maurice Grier said chairperson of the UNC Board of Elections Paul Kushner.
After eight complaints, two injunctions, seven hearings and two candidate disqualifications, the student body president election will happen today, almost a month after the original election day — Feb. 14.
The UNC Student Supreme Court rejected an appeal, saying the plaintiff, sophomore Will Hopping, did not provide enough evidence to show the UNC Board of Elections acted with bias.
Elections for student body president will be held on March 10.
Student Congress members questioned UNC Board of Elections chairperson Paul Kushner on Tuesday about comments he made to student body president candidate Maurice Grier when he was unknowingly being recorded over the phone.
Sophomore Will Hopping said evidence presented in the original hearing about student body president candidate Maurice Grier raised new concerns about the UNC Board of Elections — leading him to file an appeal with the UNC Student Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Will Hopping, the sophomore who filed a complaint against student body president Maurice Grier, filed an appeal with the UNC Student Supreme Court, alleging a fair hearing was not given.
Student body presidential candidates Maurice Grier and Elizabeth Adkins are still in the running for the position, though both were awarded penalty points by the UNC Board of Elections on Sunday.
The UNC Board of Elections awarded the Maurice Grier for Student Body President campaign four points — reducing the campaign's maximum budget by 20 percent.
The Adkins for Student Body President campaign was awarded one point by the UNC Board of Elections for a false start violation.
Evidence against student body president candidate Maurice Grier was presented to the UNC Board of Elections on Friday, and a decision about his campaign will be made within 48 hours of the hearing.
On Friday, the UNC Board of Elections held a hearing for student body presidential candidate Elizabeth Adkins in regard to the complaints filed by junior Ian Muriuki.
The referendum concerning the split between undergraduate, and graduate and professional student governments was approved on Thursday March 2 after a campus-wide vote.