Outgoing pres. elected VP for programming

Outgoing pres. elected VP for programming

The Resident Student Association (RSA) elected former president Smith Anderson its next vice president for programming last week, defeating middler marketing major Christopher Brielman.

Anderson, a junior biology major, previously served in this position two years ago and is replacing middler marketing major Caitlin Campana.

In his speech, Anderson outlined ideas for the upcoming year including implementing more annual programming like a possible men’s and women’s “Fitness Week.”

“[Students] don’t want student leaders to make the ‘right’ choice,” he said. “They want student leaders to do what’s fun. And that’s what I do.”

Anderson cited other qualifications that he said make him ideal for the position, including his close ties with the administration and the success of the first annual Northeastern Formal.

“A lot of the reasons that this organization is what it is today is because of my programming from last year and my e-board this year,” he said.

Anderson also said he wants to introduce more 21-plus programming for upperclass students, something he said Northeastern lacks.

He emphasized he doesn’t want to encourage on-campus drinking, but he does want to encourage “drinking more responsibly.”

Campana spoke highly of Anderson’s commitment and dedication to RSA, and said he has made it a “more visible entity on campus.”

“I’m extremely confident in Smith’s ability to program,” she said. “He’s taught me everything I know, and he’s been there every step along the way.”

Brielman, although disappointed with the results, said he plans to fully support Anderson.

“While I’m confident that Smith will perform as excellently as he has done during his presidency, I am disappointed that I lost the election,” he said.

Anderson is excited to do some of the things he wasn’t able to do two years ago, he said.

“Now that I have two more years under my belt, I have the experience I can use to be able to accomplish all my goals much more easily,” he said.

RSA also elected sophomore marketing and accounting major Christina Cecil as its next national communications coordinator. She ran unopposed.

Cecil is a two-year general council member and cited her enthusiasm, dedication and organizational skills as reasons to elect her to the position.

A controversial amendment was also passed into the RSA constitution, which mandated one Senior Resident Assistant (SRA) from each residence hall must attend General Council meetings each week. By passing this amendment, SRAs would also receive voting rights. It was met with concern from many RSA members who feared the new proposal would give ResLife undue influence over RSA programming funds. It is scheduled to go into effect next year. The amendment passed 13-4 with five abstentions.

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