May 21, 2010
Don P. Jason III
The SOUND political party was the big winner in the 2010-11 Ohio University Student Senate elections, winning 33 of 34 positions on Thursday.
The Student Senate president will be junior Jesse Neader of the SOUND party, who received 2,217 votes to his P.E.A.R. (Prepare to Engage Act and Respond) opponent Emily Hanford's 1,390 votes. Neader has served two years on the Internal Conduct Review Board for Student Senate.
SOUND's Matthew Beddingfield defeated PEAR's Andrew Wade in the vice president election, 2,241 to 1,330 votes. Beddingfield has had extensive experience on Student Senate. As a sophomore, he served Student Senate as the organizational liaison, West Green senator and vice-commissioner of State and Federal Affairs. As a junior, he was the Scripps College of Communication senator.
The Student Senate treasurer will be SOUND's Patty Roberts who received 2,139 votes to her P.E.A.R. opponent, Molly O'Brien's 1,448 votes. Roberts has been involved in Student Senate since her freshman year. She has served as an intern, intern director and chief of staff and sat on the 2009 Student Trustee Selection Committee.
P.E.A.R.'s one seat went to Emma Hein, who will be the senator for the College of Fine Arts.
While, SOUND won the election, the true victory came in the form of student participation. This year, 3,909 students voted in the election compared to 2,104 students last year.
The new Ohio University Honor Code was passed with 3,077 votes in favor of it.
In the Graduate Student Senate election, former Ohio University Board of Trustee Student Trustee Tracy Kelly was re-elected as Graduate Student Senate President. Other students voted to executive positions included David Nichols as vice president for committees and legislative affairs, Molly Yanity as vice president for communications and Chelsie Wollett as vice president for administration and finance.