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Justin Gawronski, Michelle Vanhala not seeking re-election in next SGA election

Student Government Association President Justin Gawronski will not seek re-election next year, despite what he considers a successful first term in office.

Gawronski said he will apply to be a residential assistant next year and will focus his efforts to that position.

“There are other great leaders in the (Student Government Association), and I’m excited to see what other great leadership will bring to the SGA,” Gawronski said. “I’m applying to be an RA for next year and won’t have the ability to be president as well.”

Gawronski said SGA Vice President Michelle Vanhala will not run for executive office in the upcoming election, either.

“Almost 100 percent no,” Gawronski said. “That would not be feasible.”

Vanhala plans to pursue student teaching in the next academic year, making an SGA executive position incompatible with her schedule.

“As much as I would love to continue, I will not be running for next year’s office,” Vanhala said.

Gawronski’s administration will leave office in April with several significant victories under its belt, most notably an impeding change to the academic calendar, which would have changed the fall semester length from 16 weeks to 15. Gawronski’s administration also played a key role in reforming the tailgating policy by removing the previous limit on alcoholic beverages.

Gawronski’s administration was not without controversy, though. Vanhala is Gawronski’s third vice president in his term. Hesperia senior Killian Richeson resigned last January, and his first vice president, Alma senior Anna Dvorak, resigned late last March.

Gawronski’s administration came under fire within his first week in office for appointing Senate and e-Council positions, which violated SGA constitutional electoral process. The situation was quickly resolved in a constitutional manner, but not before causing outcry within the SGA.

Overall, he said SGA has been successful under his administration, as shown by the SGA’s efforts in stopping the academic calendar change.

“We’ve had other successes within the SGA; we’ve brought back tailgating, we’ve made progress with online auditing … ,” Gawronski said. “This really goes to show why the SGA is important. Students need to have a voice, and SGA works when those voices are heard.”

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