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Students Elect New SG Executive Officers

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 21, 2014) – The Unite the U ticket swept the recent University of Miami Student Government elections, winning all three executive officer seats that were up for grabs.

A total of 1,951 students cast votes in this year’s race—a 4 percent increase in voter participation that Symon Rowlands, SG Elections Commission vice chair, attributes to the new OrgSync voting system that allowed students to vote via computer.

The elected executive officers, whose one-year terms begin in April, include:

  • President: Alessandria San Roman (Unite the U)
  • Vice President: William Herrera (Unite the U)
  • Treasurer: Dariel Fagundo (Unite the U)

Seven students were elected to the Student Government Senate:

  • College of Engineering: Tomas Cacicedo
  • College of Arts and Sciences: Bryon Hazzard and Austin Akira
  • Commuter Students: Kristen Schlotzhauer, Eric Gonzalez, and Nicole Marcos
  • School of Communication: Bruno Solari

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Ray Lewis Inspires Students on Return Visit to UM

The former UM star football player and retired NFL linebacker shared stories from his past and gave advice to students.

Ray Lewis answers students' questions.

Ray Lewis answers students’ questions.

Ray Lewis’s greatest moment as a Miami Hurricane wasn’t the 15 tackles he recorded in a game against West Virginia or being named to the All-American team in his sophomore and junior years. It was the simple, uneventful act of stepping foot for the first time on UM’s Coral Gables campus as a newly arrived freshman linebacker from Lakeland, Florida.

Raised in a disruptive environment with drug-related activity all around him, Lewis viewed his arrival at UM as a chance to succeed. “Everything that’s around me presents opportunity, a chance to help my family,” Lewis recalled telling himself. Read the full story

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New Student Government Leaders Sworn In

From left: Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, outgoing SG President Nawara Alawa, newly elected SG President Bhumi Patel, and Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason.

From left: Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, outgoing SG President Nawara Alawa, newly elected SG President Bhumi Patel, and Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason.

Pledging to be “visible and open,” Bhumi Patel, the newly elected president of the University of Miami’s Student Government, was sworn in, along with other SG Executive Board members, on April 3 during a ceremony held inside the BankUnited Center’s Hurricane 100 Room. The 2013-14 Executive Board members include: Read the full story

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UM’s Iconic Symbol Gets a Place on Campus All Its Own

Sebastian led the crowd in several ’Canes cheers and students sang out, “It’s great to be a Miami Hurricane.” From left, in Iron Arrow jackets, are Student Government President Nawara Alawa, President Shalala, and Vice President for Student Affairs Pat Whitely.

It adorns everything from letterhead and T-shirts to the helmets worn by the school’s football players. Now the University of Miami’s iconic symbol—the green and orange split U—can be found in one of the most popular locations on campus. Read the full story

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Rocking the Vote

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Rocking the Vote

Students register to vote at the University Center Rock.

For Aaron, a University of Miami sophomore from Great Neck, New York, it was an opportunity to get “involved in the political process” and help determine the country’s leadership. For his close friend, Elliot, it was more about making a statement—that “not taking part in the political process isn’t smart at all.”

With the national elections getting closer, Aaron and Elliot (both preferred not to give their last names) were two of the many UM students who thronged to the University Center Rock on August 30 to fill out forms that will place their names on the voter registration rolls.

It was all part of the Get Out the Vote and TurboVote kickoff event. “This year we implemented Get Out the Vote and TurboVote as part of our University’s effort to encourage civic engagement,” said Alessandria San Roman, executive secretary for UM Student Government, which coordinated the effort with support from the Division of Student Affairs.

As an official voter registration organization, UM must turn in voter registration forms within 48 hours to comply with new Florida election regulations. “We plan to surpass our record of 2,000 registered voters in the 2004 election,” said San Roman. “Of those 2,000, 62 percent made it to the polls. We plan to increase the turnout percentage this year by using social media, having our volunteers on the field the day of elections, and having our professors encourage students to make it to our local precinct, BankUnited Center.”

Meanwhile, as part of the Knight Foundation-funded TurboVote effort, members of the University of Miami community can request voter registration forms and absentee ballots, as well as receive email and text messages about upcoming elections, all through one website.

San Roman added that the efforts are strictly nonpartisan.

For more information, go to miami.edu/vote or www.facebook.com/UM.GOTV.TurboVote.

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