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SAITSA fall election wraps up

After two days of voting, nine students join the BOD

Muna Saeed was elected as a SAITSA director on Sept. 25. The first-year broadcast news student was one of nine students elected to join the Board of Directors. (Photo by Jeff Wiehler/The Weal)

Muna Saeed was elected as a SAITSA director on Sept. 25. The first-year broadcast news student was one of nine students elected to join the Board of Directors. (Photo by Jeff Wiehler/The Weal)

With nine student representatives elected to the Board of Directors (BOD), the students’ association prepares to set their goals for the upcoming year.

SAIT Students’ Association (SAITSA) held its fall elections on Sept. 24 and 25, filling nine vacant spots on the BOD, which is made up of 15 directors and four executives.

There were 15 students vying for the nine spots, and the students with the most votes were Jeromy Deleff, Alex Dimopoulos, Connor Goodfellow, Alexander Ho, Jacy Letendre, Muna Saeed, Mikayla Schaffer, Alex Stoppa, and Sarah Walker.

Goodfellow is in his second-year studying architectural technologies and was re-elected as a director.

“I had a bunch of fun last year,” said Goodfellow.

“It was a good output for giving back to the SAIT community.”

Since the fall election occurred early in the semester, Saeed said the timing can be a challenge for students running in the election.

“I was probably the only candidate who didn’t have contacts at SAIT,” said Saeed, first year radio television and broadcast news student, adding that students in larger programs or with extensive social groups at SAIT may have an easier time finding votes.

Saeed, 27, attributed her success to approaching and talking to many students during the election.

Second-year student Schaffer was also concerned that she did not know enough students to capture enough votes, but said she had the support of friends on campus
and was willing to approach unfamiliar faces.

“I think it was getting out there and talking to people,” said Schaffer, who is in the legal assistant program.

The week-long campaign was “quite hectic” for Dimopoulos, a second -year business administr tion student, but he considered word of mouth a key factor in capturing
student support.

SAITSA is governed by 19 student representatives on the BOD, who meet every two weeks in the fall and winter semesters. When student enrolment drops in the spring and summer semesters, the BOD is reduced to six directors and four executives.

In addition to overseeing SAITSA’s bylaws and annual budget, the BOD set the yearly goals and strategic vision. In return, the directors receive an honorarium for every BOD meeting they attend, as well as some food.

“I am looking forward to the pizza,” said Goodfellow, noting the common supply of food at the meetings.

Expect a spring election in March, where the four executive positions and unfilled director seats are up for grabs.

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