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Saturday October 23rd

Student Government


	Junior Mary Cooper is moving forward with the four main planks of her platform in her first week as UNC’s student body president-elect.

Cooper gets an early start

The congratulations have flowed in to Mary Cooper. But after the initial shock of winning the student body presidency over Ian Lee with a sweeping 62 percent of the vote, Cooper said she isn’t waiting until her April 5 inauguration to get started

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In aftermath of elections, Student Code may be altered

A bill that will arise in the rules and judiciary committee of Student Congress today could make this year’s student election the last to be riddled by conflicting interpretations of election rules. The proposal would specifically require that select student government members resign from their high-level offices before campaigning for another position.

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	Rules and judiciary committee chairman Zach De La Rosa has been praised for overseeing the Student Code.

Student Congress needs new speaker

With little more than a month remaining in its 92nd session, Student Congress is looking to fill the speaker position vacated Feb. 7 by Deanna Santoro. Though speaker nominations and the internal election will not come until Tuesday, representatives said the decision will likely come down to Alex Mills, speaker pro tempore, and Zach De La Rosa, chairman of the rules and judiciary committee.

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Dismissal could lead to SBP results

The road leading up to tonight’s pre-trial hearing that could result in the release of student body president election results has featured more than just the filing of legal briefs. Accusations have surfaced against the conduct of both former Speaker of Student Congress Deanna Santoro and Student Body Secretary Ian Lee.

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SBP results may come out Tuesday

The results of the student body president election won’t be released until Tuesday at the earliest, said Jessica Womack, chief justice of the Student Supreme Court. The court will hold a pre-trial hearing Tuesday at 8 p.m. to hear arguments on the issue of whether or not to dismiss a complaint levied by Deanna Santoro, former speaker of Student Congress.

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Deanna Santoro

SBP election results delayed due to Student Supreme Court injunction

The student body president election ground to a halt Tuesday when the Student Supreme Court issued an injunction that prevented the release and certification of the election’s results. The injunction to the Board of Elections to delay the release of results comes in response to a complaint filed by Deanna Santoro, the former speaker of Student Congress who resigned her position Monday.

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Congress speaker resigns, to sue elections board

Deanna Santoro, speaker of Student Congress, resigned this morning in order to pursue a lawsuit against the Board of Elections for “refusing to acknowledge legitimate complaints and ignoring serious violations against the Student Code,” she said in an e-mail to members of the body. The Student Code prohibits the speaker from speaking out against any campaign or candidate.

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Bill to abolish Student Congress rejected

A reform bill to rid UNC of its Student Congress was unanimously rejected when it was brought to the rules and judiciary committee for review Tuesday. The committee voted against passing the bill on to the full Congress because it was too drastic — but still plans on working toward Student Congress reform.

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Hannah Sacco, junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, with the assistance of Mohammad Saad's back, fills out petitions for Student Body President and Senior Class Representatives on Jan. 19.

SBP campaign season starts off with complaints

A flurry of complaints citing illegal campaign practices came in the immediate aftermath of the Tuesday candidates meeting in what is shaping up to be one of the most litigious starts to student body election season in recent memory. Of the eight complaints submitted to the Board of Elections, all but two are against student body president candidate Rick Ingram who, for the second time in the young election season, is under investigation for allegedly violating campaign rules.

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