Frascello ticket sweeps SA

By Carlos Galvez

Joe Frascello’s “A Better NIU” ticket took every Student Association executive position following Wednesday’s elections, with Frascello claiming the top spot as president.

Frascello tallied 1,343 votes while presidential candidate Randiss Hopkins collected 1,098 votes. More than 2,600 students voted.

Frascello’s running mates — vice presidential candidate Raquel Chavez, treasurer candidate Husam Salem and Board of Trustees student trustee candidate Paul Julion — all won their respective races.

“This has been the greatest experience in my life,” Frascello said. “Students should expect more great things to come on campus.”

Frascello, SA director of Mass Transit, plans to improve the Huskie Bus system when he assumes the presidency.

Frascello also plans to improve communication between SA and students and fix communications within the SA to make sure everyone is striving toward the same goal of creating a fun, desirable campus.

Hopkins, the other presidential candidate, said he will continue to follow his work with students on campus. Hopkins declined to comment on Frascello’s platform.

“I had the true pleasure to see that students were more engaged,” Hopkins said. “So many students supported me, and I want to thank the students who voted this year.”

This year’s races saw more competition than in years past, as there were 12 candidates across the races but only six in 2013’s elections.

In 2013, Jack Barry and Daihee Cho faced off for the presidency, and Elliot Echols ran for the student trustee position against Dunleavy, but Kaliah Smith and Ivan Garcia ran unopposed in the vice presidential and treasurer races, respectively.