Thirteen students were elected to the Student Assembly of UGBC in Tuesday’s election.
Reflecting on their wins, the newly elected representatives expressed gratitude to their classmates for electing them and excitement to make tangible change on Boston College’s campus.
“I hope to fulfill [my role in SA] in every way I can to best articulate your concerns and be a call to action for them,” Julie Canuto-Depina, CSON ’25, wrote. “From this point forward, your struggles are my struggles, your concerns are my concerns, your challenges are my challenges, your issues are my issues, your hopes are my hopes, and your goals are my goals.”
Canuto-Depina—who received 529 votes—was one of five students elected to serve as representatives for the Class of 2025. The student body also elected five representatives for the Class of 2024 and three representatives for the Class of 2023, according to the Elections Committee.
Joseph Kearns, MCAS ’23, said he is ready to stand for his fellow classmates and looks forward to serving the BC community. Kearns won 457 votes.
“I am excited to work with Lubens [Benjamin] and Julia [Spagnola] along with the rest of the newly elected UGBC members to not only make BC a better school next year, but to leave a lasting impact for future Eagles,” he wrote. “Anthony [Pelgro], Ted [Park], and myself, will serve as strong advocates for the incoming senior class to make it the best year at BC we have had yet.”
Anthony Pelgro, MCAS ’23, received 461 votes and said he is excited to collaborate with fellow UGBC members.
“It is an honor to represent the class of 2023 as a part of the student assembly,” Pelgro wrote. “I am looking forward to collaborating with a hardworking and dedicated group of peers as we communicate with the administrators in voicing students’ preferences and concerns.”
Ted Park, MCAS ’23, has served in the SA since his freshman year and said he is excited for the opportunity to continue working with such passionate, driven representatives during his final year at BC. Park won the most votes of the Class of 2023 candidates, with 504 students voting for him.
“Having served during three different academic years, I’ve seen the dynamics of the SA change year to year and I’m hopeful for the next school year that UGBC will be better than ever,” Park wrote.
Caroline Brewster, MCAS ’24, thanked Class of 2024 students for their continued support. Brewster received 435 votes—the second-highest number among the Class of 2024 candidates.
“I am humbled to serve in the Student Assembly for another term and hope to expand upon the initiatives I have already begun to lead around mental health, student services, and organizational transparency,” Brewster wrote.
Jordan Nakash, MCAS ’24, said she loves being in the SA and cannot wait to see what this year has in store. Nakash won 492 votes, the highest number of votes for a Class of 2024 representative.
“To say I am honoured to be re-elected is an understatement,” Nakash wrote. “Going into my third year being an SA Rep for the Class of 24 I can only hope to keep advocating for them and the greater student body.”
Ellie Rogowski, CSOM ’24, won 362 votes and said she is incredibly excited to continue her work on the Academic Affairs Committee and plans to work with the University Council on Teaching to reform the academic advising process.
“I’m honored and grateful that my class trusts me to represent and promote their needs,” Rogowski wrote. “The elected representatives for the Class of 2024 are a great group of people I cannot wait to work with.”
William Sweet, CSOM ’24, said he feels grateful that the Class of 2024 has entrusted him to make BC a better place. He received 215 votes in Tuesday’s election.
“I want to also congratulate all the winners tonight everyone had a well [run] campaign and I’m excited to work with them in the future,” Sweet wrote. “As of right now, I am just really excited and anxiously looking forward to creating positive change here at BC.”
Max Winkler, MCAS ’24, also expressed his gratitude for the confidence his classmates placed in him to represent them in student government. Winkler won 352 votes in the election.
“I think that in school and in life we live in uncertain but exciting times, so to be a voice for my peers as we find out who we are and what we can accomplish as a student body in our changing societal landscape is a task I’m incredibly excited to be a part of,” Winkler wrote.
Jake Kauffman and Ciro Carbone, both CSOM ’24, did not win their Class of 2024 SA bids, receiving 196 and 177 votes, respectively.
Katie McCaffrey, MCAS ’25, said it was amazing news to hear she was re-elected and can continue the UGBC initiatives she has started during her freshman year. She received 521 votes for Class of 2025 representative.
“Being a freshman, it was kind of learning the ropes of UGBC and getting acclimated to how it works,” McCaffrey said. “But now that after I’ve had that experience as a freshman, I’m excited to jump right into it for next year and really get those initiatives rolling.”
Daniel Wise, MCAS ’25, won 512 votes and said he is also honored by the support he has received from his fellow class members.
“I have really enjoyed getting to know more of my peers and about the change that they wish to see in the BC community,” Wise wrote. “I am very excited to get to work with my fellow UGBC members to accomplish my main campaign points of better housing and course registration systems, on-campus social events and improving administration to student communication.”
Jonathan Shea, MCAS ’25, said he is also looking forward to working in the SA this year. Shea won 495 votes in the election.
“I am incredibly excited for what this opportunity holds and I am more than prepared to get to work as soon as possible,” Shea wrote.
Working in the SA this year, Joshua Golden, MCAS ’25, said he has realized there are a lot of issues at BC that need to be solved. Golden won the highest number of votes for Class of 2025 representative, receiving 591 votes.
“If you don’t point them out to people, and … if you don’t make it known that you care about these issues, people aren’t going to want to back you, and so I had to really make it known to people that I actually do care,” Golden said. “I put a lot of work into this, and I want to continue that advocacy.”
Thompson Penn, CSOM ’25, received 470 votes. Though he was only 25 votes shy of Shea, Penn came in sixth place and was not elected as a Class of 2025 representative.
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