results for the NYU Abu Dhabi Student Government executive board were announced at 12:00 a.m. on May 8, 2014 by the elections board. The results are as follows:
PRESIDENT: Hamel Al-Qubaisi
Number of votes: 259
Number of abstentions: 45
Junior Hamel Al-Qubaisi is currently studying in London. Al-Qubaisi has stated that his priority is reducing any bureaucratic barriers to student involvement in General Assemblies. Al-Qubaisi said, “Careers and further education are of my greatest concerns. Working closely with the administration and the CDC, we will put all our efforts to further achieve higher results in terms of graduate school opportunities and employment, especially at the local level.”
VICE PRESIDENT: Alex Nyikos
Number of votes: 285
Number of abstentions: 80
Junior and former treasurer Alex Nyikos said that he will focus on further implementing Yalla, clarifying capstone requirements and improving the responsiveness and effectiveness of committees by empowering committee chairs.
TREASURER: Yuqi Sun
Number of votes: 361
Number of abstentions 81
Junior Yuqi Sun is currently studying away in New York. Sun said, “I will promote efficiency in this administration by facilitating more cooperation between SIG’s, university academic departments and external parties, building upon efforts of previous treasurers.” Sun also stressed his previous experience in preparing business and financial reports.
OFFICER OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Keeryung Kim
Number of votes: 246
Number of abstentions: 92
Junior Keeryung Kim is currently studying in Berlin. Kim wanted to improve communication between the budget committee and SIG leaders, hold a pre-SIG fair orientation for freshmen, increase SIG accountability and require SIG’s to be more realistic in their planned activities.
GLOBAL VICE PRESIDENT: Benjamin Jance IV
Number of votes: 440
Number of abstentions: 109
Junior Benjamin Jance IV is currently studying in Abu Dhabi and former officer of external affairs. Jance stressed that his previous experience in the Global Issues Network conference as well as Hall Council gives him the necessary background to be an effective Global Vice President. Jance also highlighted his experience in working on creating the Global Student Council.
OFFICER OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS: Khadidja Dehbi
Number of votes: 349
Number of abstentions: 200
Freshman Khadidja Dehbi wants to create more opportunities to connect NYUAD students with local Emirati students. Dehbi said, “My hope is to see NYUAD become a part of the fabric of the community and Abu Dhabi so that our student body is exposed to new windows and avenues to engage and expand.”
OFFICER OF COMMUNICATIONS: Olivia Bergen
Number of votes: 405
Number of abstentions: 144
Junior Olivia Bergen is currently studying away in Washington, D.C. Bergen highlighted two main areas in which she will work, student concerns and increasing accountability.
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