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Terry Ford Wins 2016 UPUA Presidency

The craziest election in UPUA history finally came to an end at 10 p.m. when the polls closed and the final votes were tallied. After all was said and done, Terry Ford earned the position of UPUA’s next President along with Vice President and running-mate Katie Jordan. Ford and Jordan received 5,149 of the votes for the executive position which comes out to a dominant 91.8 percent. This marks the fourth time in five years that the vice president took the logical next step and was elected president.

A race that originally contained two candidates left Ford and Jordan as the only official ballot option after Divy Agnihotri and Megan Fleming were disqualified (although their names still appeared on the ballot, students were unable to click the box to vote for them). Two write-in candidates announced campaigns in the middle of the election cycle, but Ford and Jordan handily defeated both Patrick Cines and Michael Straw (who received 341 votes) and Anthony Mitchell (116 votes), who lost his vice president running-mate Zico Khayat yesterday when he discovered much of Mitchell’s platform was plagiarized.

Ford, a rising senior, has been involved with student government since his freshman year, serving first as a freshman council member before working his way up to At-Large Representative and then 10th Assembly Vice President. Ford and Jordan’s UPUA platform includes 34 initiatives organized into five overarching areas: Diversity & Inclusion, Government Relations & College Affordability, Student Life & Activities, Academic Affairs, and Facilities.

At-Large Representatives, including number of votes

Kyra Rogan – 2,033

Shawn Bengalli – 1,999

Brent Rice – 1,977

Isaac Will – 1,904

Drew Geller – 1,731

Nicholas Karafilis – 1,672

Sarah Tarczewski – 1,664

Kyleigh Higie – 1,457

Jorge Zurita-Coronado – 1,442

Rachel Harrison – 1,439

Bhavin Shah – 1,432

Zach Robinson – 1,429

Andrew Uhring – 1,333

Aaron Kreider – 1,318

Nathaniel Pentz – 1,249

Michael Straw – 1,095

Brooke Jin – 1,064

Sis-obed Torres – 966

Reagan McCarthy – 944

Chrishani Boothe – 885

Academic Representatives

College of Agricultural Sciences: Bradley Garrett

Smeal College of Business: Timothy Farley

College of Communications: Morgon Goranson

Division of Undergraduate Studies: Maura Ellsworth

College of Education: Claire Kelley

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences: Lydia Scheel

College of Engineering: Vansh Prabhu

College of Health and Human Development: Alexander Shockley

College of Liberal Arts: Erik Zavala

Schreyer Honors College: Jack Shean

Eberly College of Science: Samantha Geisinger

Congratulations to all of the winners. UPUA’s newly-elected Eleventh Assembly will get down to work at its first meeting next Wednesday night in the HUB where Ford and Jordan will be sworn in.

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Lexi Shimkonis

Lexi is an editor-turned-staff writer who can often be found at either Irving's or the Phyrst (with the chances she'll have her backpack being the same). Lexi is a senior hailing from Spring City, PA (kind of) and studying Civil Engineering. Please email questions and/or pleas for an Instagram caption to [email protected], or for a more intimate bond, follow her on Twitter @lexshimko.


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