Hadi Afif & Lynn Cheikh Moussa
Editor-at-Large & Associate Editor
This year’s student elections witnessed a 62.3% voter turnout, as students cast their ballots on Oct. 13, 2017. The percentage of voters, although 2.7% less than the previous year’s, indicates that more than half of the student body exercised their right to vote for student representatives.
The total number of SRC seats is 81, distributed according to direct proportionality with the given faculties. This indicates that the SRC seats are distributed according to the size of the faculty.
Students For Change won the highest number of seats across the different faculties, with 29 seats in total. Campus Choice came in second with 25 seats, while Leaders of Tomorrow came third with 23 seats.
Independent students won a total of four seats, with two in Faculty of Arts and Sciences and two in Faculty of Medicine/Hariri School of Nursing.
Dean of Student Affairs, Talal Nizameddin, Ph.D., gave an opening speech to congratulate the students for the voter turnout, stating this is the most successful AUB elections he has witnessed.
Following were cheers and chants from students of the three campaigns, Campus Choice, Leaders of Tomorrow, and Students For Change, as they anticipated the results.
Soon after, President Fadlo Khuri came out to give a short speech in order to congratulate the students for their hard work in these elections. The results came out directly after.
As a result of technical difficulties that disabled students from properly seeing the results on screen, Dean Nizameddin took on the duty of announcing the results himself. Following are the results of the 2017-2018 SRC Elections.
In the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the number of SRC seats is 22. Students for Change won the plurality of 10 seats, Campus Choice follow in second place with seven seats, Leaders of Tomorrow hold three seats, while two independent candidates hold two seats.
In the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, the number of SRC seats is 19. Leaders of Tomorrow won the majority with 11 seats, Students For Change followed in second place with a total of five seats, and Campus Choice won three seats.
In the Olayan School of Business, the number of SRC seats is 11. Leaders of Tomorrow won the majority with six seats, Students For Change proceeded in second place with three seats, and Campus Choice won two seats.
In the Faculty of Health Sciences, the number of SRC seats is seven. Students For Change won the majority of four seats. Campus Choice came in second with three seats. Leaders of Tomorrow did not win any seats.
In the Faculty of Food Sciences, the number of SRC seats is 15. Campus Choice won seven, while Students for Change came in second place with five. Leaders of Tomorrow won three seats.
In the Faculty of Medicine & Hariri School of Nursing, the number of SRC seats are seven, yet one remains empty as no candidates ran for the position. Campus Choice won the plurality of three seats, Students For Change won one seat, while independent candidates won two seats. Leaders of Tomorrow did not win any seats.