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Student Government Elections take place in the fall semester each year. The administration elected in November serve their term the next calendar year. The Executive Board election occurs first and involves electing the President and various vice presidents on the Executive Board. Read more about the position descriptions in the governing documents.

The Student Government Senate elections take place following the Executive Board elections. Six (6) senators from each class are elected every fall to serve the next calendar year.

For more details about the Elections Timeline please check back here. For additional questions about the process, please contact Elections Chair, Nick Falbo (nfalbo22@jcu.edu)

Exec Board Candidates!

Listed below are the candidates on the ballot for the Student Government Executive Board – 2020 term:

 

Vice President for Communications

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Veronica Morgan

My name is Veronica Morgan and I am a sophomore Marketing major. I have always had a love for participating in Student Government in high school and during my freshman year in college. During my first year was unaware of what Student Government was about on campus. My mission as Vice President for Communication will be to make Student Government a prominent name among students on campus. I intend to do so by promoting Student Government’s name through utilizing social media and developing creative ways to promote events.

During the past year serving as the Class President of 2022, I have learned that due to the lack of knowledge pertaining to who Student Government is and what we can do to serve the student body, I have made a plan of action to promote the true function of Student Government. Through obtaining a larger platform on social media outlets, I believe that Student Government can reach the desired scope of students.
As Vice President for Communication, I strive to make a difference in the presence and recognition of Student Government on John Carroll University's campus. As students, our opinions and actions hold much importance. By sharing what Student Government can do for all students, our voices can be heard. I strive to empower students to become involved with Student Government to make a difference on campus. I look forward to having the opportunity of serving this position. Thank you.

 

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Phillip Scherbakov

College is perfect for developing a new perception of the world around us. This can be done by venturing out of our comfort zones and diversifying ourselves with the perspectives of those around us. In doing so we grow. I say we grow together, in harmony, unity, and respect. We are all human beings and though we may differ in countless ways we are all here together. It is my mission to ensure that all the voices of this campus are heard. I plan on doing this by preaching respect and justice for all. I am confident I will be able to perform the duties of Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and look forward to making positive changes on this campus.

 

 

 

Vice President for Programming

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Jamie Durishin

My name is Jamie Durishin and I am running to be your Vice President of Programming! I have spent the last year on the SUPB Executive Board as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator to promote our exciting events we host on and off-campus. My experiences with numerous organizations and students as well as my dedication to John Carroll have given me the skills to advocate the needs of our students and be a leader within our Student Government. Here is my plan for how I will improve your student experience during your time here at John Carroll University.

My number one focus as Vice President of Programming will be to have more relevant-programmed events. I want to make the students have more of a voice in what kind of events we have, and turn them into a reality! I will work hard to make sure that our programmed events are reflective of what the John Carroll community wants to see!

As the Vice President of Programming, I want to continue to make our presence on campus more widely known. Our Student Government and Student Union Programming Board (SUPB) are two of the most influential organizations on our campus. I want to ensure that our student body is getting everything out of their exciting college experience they deserve! As your Vice President of Programming, I will be able to explore new event ideas and opportunities that have not yet made it to our campus.

Finally, I am very passionate about John Carroll University and the community aspect it has created. As Vice President of Programming, I hope to make an impact on how Student Government and SUPB is perceived on campus, especially through programming. Thank you for your consideration. I am looking forward to taking on this position next year!

 

Vice President for Student Organizations

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Jason Gialamas

I promise to, within the best of my abilities, improve the available resources provided to student organizations. Improve the accessibility of those resources for student organizations by assisting with navigation of the funding process. Maintain financial transparency to the recognized student organizations of John Carroll University.

 

 

 

 

 

Vice President for Judicial Affairs

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Mark Liebenguth

As vice president of Judicial affairs, I want to ensure not only that the student conduct process is fair and educational to all students, but also to ensure the reputation and standards of student government are upheld to their fullest potential. I want to help students who come before our board that we are not there to simply punish them, but to help them learn from their mistakes and provide them the tools to make better choices in the future. I hope those who come away from our hearings have had a positive educational experience. This upcoming term I will continue to uphold the crucial integrity of the student conduct board and work to ensure its members provide a fair, unbiased process to those who come before us. I look forward to being apart of this organization in hopes that together we can make our campus a great experience for all the students, staff, and faculty of our John Carroll Community.

 

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Gabriella Morton

I would love to have the opportunity to hold the position of Vice President of Judicial Affairs and work with other executive members to uphold John Carroll University’s standards of conduct. My goal as VPJA would be to facilitate a community at John Carroll in which students can safely learn and experience college life. When students come before the Hearing Board, I want them to feel as though their voice is heard and to make sure each case is evaluated objectively and fairly. Coming before the board is more than just a disciplinary measure -- it is a learning experience in which I want students to be able to tell their side of the story and to learn and grow from their mistakes. I plan on continuing the board’s philosophy of making conduct hearings a learning experience and to work with other board members to improve how hearings are facilitated. My goal is to make sure students who go through the process of the conduct system feel comfortable, acknowledged and as though the results of their hearing are not only educational, but fair.

 

Vice President for Business Affairs

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Maya Khawam

John Carroll's mission emphasizes social justice and service to the community in order to broaden the world. As the Vice President of Business Affairs I share this vision and engage broadly. My experience in the student senate for the past year gave me knowledge, attitudes and skills to aid student government and the university when navigating in the oversight of the Student Union Budget. In my position, I guarantee a  tireless effort to ensure your student dollars are spent in a fair, socially just, and resourceful way.

 

 

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Max Wopperer

When analyzing our student government, the positions that come to mind are president, executive vice president, VP for student organizations and programming, but the lesser known position is the VP of Business Affairs. Although it may be far from the most exciting position in student government, this position requires a responsible, reliable and organized student which is exactly how I present myself as a candidate. I may not come up with the next brilliant idea to improve student life on campus but I will consistently be responsible in financial situations as I am an accounting major in the Boler college of business. As VP of Business Affairs, I will act honest and fair, as not to show any favoritism or bias in funding any group/activity/committee over another.

 

Executive Vice President

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Collin Derig

John Carroll University is an institution of higher learning, but it is much more than that to most of us; it is a place we will spend four or more years of our life and to many of us despite stresses and hardships it is a home. Our friends, mentors, and peers all reside here alongside us. However, like many others, this home of ours is not perfect. That is why I am running for Executive Vice President. I care deeply about my peers and I wish to use my voice to represent them as fully, loudly, and eloquently as is humanly possible to Administration and Student Government. I have previous government experience serving as a Senator representing the Class of 2021 during the 2018 calendar year and while I did not serve in government last year, my time abroad in Japan shaped, molded, and informed my views even further than any previous life experience. John Carroll as a Jesuit Institution; no, a human institution, must be and become a place of love for people of all creeds, codes, and walks of life. To foster and grow this ideal, I seek to maintain and enable reasoned debate in the Senate and bring forward the voices of my peers so that they may all be heard. Finally, I ask everyone to vote for the candidate that they feel will best represent them and their interests. Thank you, I hope to be able to serve you all.

 

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Esther Ngemba

I’m running for executive vice president of student government because I want to ensure that all the voices on campus are heard. I will also work towards creating an environment where all students feel safe and welcomed. This position will allow me to ensure that all the values and needs of the student body are represented. I will accomplish this by making sure that all the critical issues affecting the student body are addressed while actively working towards creating meaningful and positive change that will benefit the entire John Carroll community. My previous experience working as a student senator of the class of 2022 and the chair of  Diversity and Inclusion, enabled me to serve the student body in a way that benefited them and helped me acquire immense knowledge about the various ways we can improve and promote growth in our community. I desire to be a voice for my fellow students and work with our student body to find John Carroll’s solutions to the John Carroll problems.

 

President

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Erin Ahern

My name is Erin Ahern and I am running for President of the John Carroll Student Government! I am a junior double majoring in Psychology and Sociology/Criminology and minoring in Statistics.

Currently, I am the President for the class of 2021 on the Student Government Senate and chair of the Residence Life and Facilities Committee. Through these positions, I have gained a passion and vision for making John Carroll a welcoming and safe community for everyone who steps foot on campus. I have been working with JCUPD on campus safety initiatives to bring more safety features, like an app or blue lights, to campus.

Along with Student Government, I am involved in other leadership positions on campus. I am currently the President of Awws for Paws and hold the Financial Officer position in Psychology Club and RallyCap. Additionally, I am in the Honors Program and work with the Rec Department and CSSA. I believe that my campus involvement has helped me gain unique perspectives from many different groups and people on campus! In order to make John Carroll the best place it can be, the many voices of students must be present at the table and heard. In a role as President, I hope to work with administration to put student feedback into action on a variety of issues. Whether that be through more diversity events, changes in food options, safety initiatives, etc., the voices of students must have a primary role in campus legislation and decisions. As President, my priority would be to advocate for these voices and ensure that they are heard.
Thank you for your time and consideration!

 

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Declan Leary

A Chick-fil-A will solve every problem this school has. Also, bring tobacco back.

 

 

 

 

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Lillian Lebednick

Hello! My name is Lilian Lebednick. I am a Junior with a Supply Chain Management major and a minor in Psychology, and I am running to be your Student Government President.

When I started at John Carroll, I really had no interest in joining (what at the time was) Student Union. As I became more involved in campus organizations including Pep Band, Creative Arts Club, and Kappa Delta sorority, I became more invested in the community and its issues.

Throughout my time as a senator, I've seen many initiatives Student Government works on - from campus safety to dining improvements to even all the renovations to the student center this past summer. All of these have been major physical changes to the campus that have improved student life, but there is still so much more than can be done. Health services on campus should be more accessible, such as having a full-time physician on campus through the Health and Wellness Center or more availability/flexibility through the Counseling Center. Our campus can put more efforts to go green and become sustainable, like making it easier to recycle throughout the different buildings on campus or reducing food waste through the cafeteria. With the topic of dining, adding more options on campus that provide students with diverse locations to spend their meal plan. Transportation on and off-campus needs a logistics update, as to decrease the number of parking passes sold to students or to increase the number of parking locations around campus.

As the President of the Student Government, I will work to make sure that these issues as well as those voiced by the students and faculty are heard, and positive changes are made to the campus.

Thank you, and I hope that you will elect me as President for next term.

 


 

Ballots will be emailed to all students the morning of Wednesday, November 6 at 8:30 am and polls will close on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact, Elections Chair Nick Falbo (nfalbo22@jcu.edu)

Senate Candidates!

If you have any questions, please contact Elections Chair, Nick Falbo (nfalbo22@jcu.edu)

 

 

Class of 2021

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Dominic Desalvo

As Senator for the class of 2021, I would work every day with administration to achieve the goals and ideas of the student body. After serving as your Senator for two terms, I can genuinely say that John Carroll is a special place for me. Being away from home for the first time is a nerve-racking experience, but the students and faculty here made it so easy for John Carroll to become my other home. That is why I am so passionate about making a difference. Seeing how the people around me cared about my experience, I want to give that back to this campus. I want student’s ideas to become reality. Being in this position, I would be honored to take everyone’s thoughts, ideas, and complaints, and relay them to administration. I don’t want any student to feel their voice is not heard. As my high school Class President for four years, I made sure everyone was able to express their opinion. I believe so strongly in this as it is the ideas we don’t express because we fear they won’t be valued, that can turn out to be the best. I 6recognize that being in a position like this comes with large responsibility, but with my experience on the Student Senate and your help, I believe we can create an even better Carroll.

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Colin Derrig

John Carroll University is an institution of higher learning, but it is much more than that to most of us; it is a place we will spend four or more years of our life and to many of us despite stresses and hardships it is a home. Our friends, mentors, and peers all reside here alongside us. However, like many others, this home of ours is not perfect. That is why I am running for Senator for the Class of 2021. I care deeply about my peers and I wish to use my voice to represent them as fully, loudly, and eloquently as is humanly possible to Administration and Student Government. I have previous government experience serving as a Senator representing the Class of 2021 during the 2018 calendar year and while I did not serve in government last year, my time abroad in Japan shaped, molded, and informed my views even further than any previous life experience. John Carroll as a Jesuit Institution; no, a human institution, must be and become a place of love for people of all creeds, codes, and walks of life. To foster and grow this ideal, I seek to maintain and enable reasoned debate in the Senate and bring forward the voices of my peers so that they may all be heard. Finally, I ask everyone to vote for the candidate that they feel will best represent them and their interests. Thank you, I hope to be able to serve you all.

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Lillian Lebednick

I want to help make a difference on this campus by working at the administration level. I want to work with other passionate students to improve the quality of life on campus and help recruit/retain students at John Carroll. I want to make a positive impact on the students in the John Carroll community.

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Dave Meredith

I want to run for a position on the Student Senate because I feel like this body is a basic necessity for our student population. Having individuals represent you and making sure that your voice is heard throughout John Carroll is crucial. I think there are many things that the University can improve upon but I think my role as a Student Senator would be to talk amongst my peers and assess which issues are the most pressing so we can focus on an agenda that will produce meaningful outcomes. I ask for your vote because I love being a student at John Carroll and I want to make it a better place with you.

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John Moynihan

I would like to run for a position on the John Carroll Student Senate because I would like to be able to lead and serve the student body, giving the students my full attention. I hope to be visible leader for the students on and off campus, someone who is seen as a resource for others.

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Sean Smith

I have veteran leadership experience with both the Dining Committee and general Student Government knowledge. Since I am on the Dining RFP Committee, I believe I can help further assist the student dining experience.

 

 

Class of 2022

 

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Connor Dye

I want to help improve some of the aspects of the school that I know I can have an impact on such as school lunches, problems in the dorm and more. I know I can improve these areas because I was on student government in high school and I helped run a committee that raised thousands of dollars through multiple fundraisers that paid for multiple dances, and our graduation gowns. Along with this experience and know how that I can bring to the senate to help improve this school, I also want to join the senate because I want to get more involved at JCU. I believe the senate will help a great deal because it reaches many people and departments in the school.

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Matthew Meyer

I wish to serve as a senator for the class of 2022 to help represent every voice in our community on and off campus. I believe that as a senator, I will be able to provide a method of communication between the student body and administration to better serve the needs of all students, in order to continue to improve the experience on campus as quickly as possible. Having had the opportunity and choosing to serve as a senator last year, I believe that I can help provide an experienced voice in the senate, while continuing to build upon the growing projects from the last term, including the process of improving our beautiful campus and facilities, as well as the availability of activities and student groups for everyone to get involved with.

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Sean Padden

I'm a sophomore from Westlake and I chose to come to John Carroll because my dad was an alumni. Coming to John Carroll has been a positive impact in my life, and now that I've settled in on campus, I would like to start bringing my ideas to the Student Government in order to make an impact for all the students at JCU. I have had work experience at the Valspar company overseas which gives me a diverse viewpoint on many key issues at the school. Along with a diverse viewpoint I also gained experience working with a team to achieve large long-term goals that benefit everyone. The issues that I see around campus are parking, student involvement and the dining contract that we have with Aramark. Student parking has been an issue for a long time, with students complaining about the price attached to the passes specifically relating to Green Road parking passes. I would like to take a closer look at how the parking is organized and create a long term plan to adjust the student parking situation. Next, I would like to find new ways to provide students with more-appealing events and create new ways for students to become involved. Lastly I would like to take a closer look at the contracts that we have for dining at JCU in order to offer better food around campus and more price points to appeal to greater amount of the student body. I hope you consider my candidacy.

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Margaret Skubik

I am running to be a voice for my fellow classmates and to put their thoughts, ideas, and opinions into action. I wish to spread positivity and inclusion all across campus while enthusiastically representing John Carroll.

 

 

Class of 2023

 

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Caroline Bourjaily

I feel that I would best represent the student body of John Carroll University because I am open-minded and determined. I work to bring about change and justice to all of those who deserve it. With an interest in a career in politics, Student Government will benefit me in my future endeavors. Being apart of Student Government in high school prepared me for working in teams, but also assuming a position of leadership when needed. Moreover, I am interested in getting more involved with the school and planning events for the students. I am motivated in getting jobs done efficiently and consider myself an outgoing and sociable person. Being on the Student Senate for the Class of 2023 would give me opportunities to address issues specifically effecting our campus, not things that match my political agenda. I am running as a representative of the students, not as a politician. Making meaningful, tangible change to benefit my classmates and I is my number one priority. My genuine intentions to serve my class as a senator keep me motivated and focused. Therefore, as a class senator, I will provide a safe, fun, and meaningful environment on John Carroll's campus and to all those who attend our school.

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Kelsey Farrell

Throughout high school I maintained the position of Treasurer of SHF (French National Honors Society) for two years. I also was a passionate member of our Student Government for all four years. In my first year at JCU I am looking forward to maintaining the momentum for extracurriculars I had in high school by involving myself in any opportunity that catches my eye, as this position as Student Senator has. I would be so fortunate to be selected to represent the John Carroll Class of 2023 on the small problems like why Starbucks in the LSC seems to never be open when you need it to the much more pressing issues that drives thought and discussion in our community.

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Christopher Fovozzo

As a motivated, communicative and inspired student, it would be my pleasure to be a senator for my class. To better the John Carroll University community, I would vote on the different issues affecting our lives as students today as well as contribute my ideas and skills to our Student Government. This leadership opportunity would give me valuable insight as a leader and I can apply this experience to my future career in sight.

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Ashley McCall

As a political science major, being apart of the Student Senate is interesting for me and I have a passion for being involved in the school. I want to help make a change in different aspects of student life and feel like this would give me a good opportunity to do so.

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Sean Patterson

From Living the Mission Day, to festivals on the quad, to football games and the welcome mass, there is something that makes John Carroll unique. It is the foundation of its reputable academics, forward-looking mission, and commitment to service. This genuine hospitality and widespread involvement is known as "community." At its core are passionate students who devote themselves to carrying out the school's mission through their coursework, volunteerism, and most of all speaking up about ideas that can make the JCU experience exceptional and enjoyable for themselves and their peers. I would love the chance to collaborate with students like these who inspired me to attend John Carroll and strive every day to live out its mission while welcoming others to do the same. Each handshake, welcoming smile, and word of encouragement goes a long way in promoting a unified, authentic school community. These personal interactions have made my first couple months at JCU unforgettable. Now that I have built some connections and set goals for the future, I would appreciate the opportunity to represent the freshman class and learn from students of all grades and backgrounds. If chosen for a position on the Student Senate, I will come with an open mind and willingness to learn from others, thus strengthening the relationships and community that make John Carroll a great place to learn, lead, and serve.

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Alex Phillip

I want to run for a position on Student Senate for my class for the same reason in which I came to John Carroll University to begin with. This is a special place filled with special people. Representing and serving them would be the highest of honors and mean the world to me. Go Streaks and God Bless!

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Nick Sack

I want to run for a position on Student Senate because I want the chance to enact real change on campus. Throughout all of my schooling, I have felt that I never actually had a say in what happens at the school, despite being active in Student Government. This time feels different. Student Senate here feels like my first genuine chance to represent people and have their voices heard. I want to serve as a role model to my class and to the entire John Carroll Community.