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From left, Cornell senior Patrick Kuehl, Fourth Ward alderperson elect, and Jorge DeFendini, incumbent Fourth Ward Alderperson. Kuehl received 49 votes in the general election while Defendini received 40.

Successful write-in campaign stirs conversation about Ithaca’s political climate

By Lorien Tyne, News Editor December 1, 2023
While some express frustration with Fourth Ward Alderperson-elect Patrick Kuehl's write-in campaign for Common Council, others raise concerns with the priorities and tactics of the Solidarity Slate and local Working Families Party club, including incumbent Fourth Ward Alderperson Jorge Defendini's sudden attempt to unseat WFP leadership.
Senior Shevori Gene, former chief of staff for the Student Governance Council, went to the SGC’s meeting May 1 with 11 other guests to demand election votes.

SGC shares election votes after controversial decision to withhold counts

By Dominick Petrucci and Lorien Tyne May 3, 2023
Vote counts from the Spring 2023 Ithaca College Student Governance Council elections revealed that first-year student Matthew Williams — who was disqualified — beat the elected president by 83 votes.
From left, Casey Kendall, executive director of applications and infrastructure, and Jenna Linskens, director of learning and innovative technologies, discuss effective technology solutions.

SGC talks with IT and passes bill to restructure elections

By Dominick Petrucci, Staff Writer April 5, 2023
Members of the Student Governance Council discussed technology advances at Ithaca College with the Innovative Technologies Committee and passed a bill.
All 10 of the Common Council seats will open up this year with all the members’ terms ending Dec. 31 and each seat will be filled after a primary election in June and the general election in November.

Local officials begin election campaigns for Common Council

By Lorien Tyne, News Editor February 1, 2023
Robert Cantelmo, current 5th Ward Alderperson, announced his campaign for the 2023 Ithaca mayoral race. As of Feb. 1, no other candidates for mayor have come forward.
Freshmen Paloma La Valley and Noah Richardson were elected as Class of 2025 senators, freshman Vincent Tavernese was elected as the School of Music senator, sophomore Casey Ingraham was elected as transfer senator and junior Lauren Hitesman was elected as varsity athlete senator. 

SGC holds platform presentations for upcoming elections

By Mel Andia, Contributing Writer September 29, 2021
The Ithaca College Student Governance Council (SGC) held platform presentations over Zoom on Sept. 23 for the prospective SGC senate seats for Fall 2021, with many candidates focusing on mental health
Sophomore senator-at-large Elijah Nishiura presents the Civic Engagement Bill to the SGC during its Feb. 25 meeting. The bill requires the SGC to purchase 400 stamps to provide to students for free during election cycles.

SGC passes bill to provide free stamps for absentee ballots

By Alexis Manore, Staff Writer February 26, 2019
The Student Governance Council passed a bill to provide free postage stamps for absentee ballots for all elections during its Feb. 25 meeting.
 Senate Chair Farwa Shakeel and SGC President Carlie McClinsey talk at the SGC meeting Feb. 12. Three new senators were elected at the meeting.

SGC elects new senators for Spring 2018

By Laura O'Brien, Staff Writer February 14, 2018
There are still nine vacant senate positions to fill.
Ithaca College freshman Alexander Maceira and Cornell University sophomore Vernon Lindo presented a proposal that lays out problems they see in lobbying, super PACs and elections nationwide, and presented a set of guidelines for the City of Ithaca to endorse at Ithaca’s Common Council meeting Nov. 15.

Students present anti-corruption act to Common Council

By Sam Haut, Staff Writer November 28, 2017
The proposal presented to ban lobbying and to make the money in super PACs more transparent and independent from candidate’s campaigns.
Jason Freitag, associate professor in the Department of History, discussed council elections at the Faculty Council meeting on May 2.

Faculty Council elects leadership for upcoming year

By Sierra Guardiola, Staff Writer May 3, 2017
Faculty Council elections passed unanimously with many positions remaining the same, such as Tom Swensen returning as chair of the council.
From left, juniors Mara Erb, Conor Friend and James Flinn present their platforms for the Class of 2018 senator at the Student Government Associations senatorial elections.

Ithaca College SGA senatorial candidates present platforms

By Kyle Arnold, Assistant News Editor September 8, 2016
This year’s potential Ithaca College Student Government Association senators relayed a common theme during their platform presentations: improving the SGA’s involvement in the community.
From left, members of the IC Office ticket — sophomore Luis Torres, freshman Ezeka Allen, sophomore Marieme Foote, sophomore Dani Weinstein and sophomore Michele Hau — won the Student Government Association Executive Board election as the only ticket.

One ticket announces bid for 2016–17 SGA executive board

By Justin Henry, Staff Writer April 18, 2016
IC Office has announced its candidacy of for the 2016–17 Student Government Association Executive Board. Voting will commence via email and Orgsync on April 28 and 29.

Mayor Myrick re-elected, IC associate dean elected to 3rd Ward

By Jessica Ferreira, Contributing Writer November 4, 2015
Svante Myrick was re-elected Mayor of the City of Ithaca and Rob Gearhart, interim associate dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications, was elected alderperson in Ithaca’s 3rd Ward Nov. 3.
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