On Thursday, April 7, the Temple Student Government executive ticket TU Nation was announced as the winner of the 2011 executive elections, beating opponent Owl Future and naming current Senate President Colin Saltry as student body president elect.
Saltry will lead TSG with Elliot Griffin, vice president of external affairs elect, and Ugochukwo Obilo, vice president of services elect.
Polls were closed on Wednesday, April 6 with votes totaling 2,759 and TU Nation beating competitor Owl Future with 1,571 votes compared to 1,188 votes.
“We have a lot to work to do. Building a TU Nation is going to take a lot of hard work from a lot of different people,” Saltry said.
As the university is facing a proposed cut in its commonwealth appropriations, Saltry said keeping “the money flowing to Temple” is the first thing on TSG’s agenda. TU Nation, he said, plans on going to Harrisburg on Tuesday, April 26 to lobby directly for higher education funding.
“Today is going to be a day of celebration,” Saltry said, “and then on Monday we go back to work.”
Both a new constitution, which eliminates the three separate branches and creates a general assembly, and a recycling referenda, which calls for a recycling contract in which the university would recycle plastics numbered one through seven, were also passed in the election.
TSG meetings will resume on Monday, April 18 with the inauguration of TU Nation winners and hold its first general assembly meeting the following week.
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