The results were announced Thursday for positions on the Associated Students executive board and a student fee increase to raise funds for the A.S. Legal Resource Center, with just over 16 percent of the student body voting in the Associated Students special election.
Fourth-year psychology major Cameron Schunk was elected A.S. External Vice President of Local Affairs and second-year CCS Literature major Ethan Reul was elected A.S. Student Advocate General, beating out his competitor, third-year environment science major Sukayna Ibrahim. The proposal to increase the quarterly Legal Resource Center fee to $9.37 per student was voted down.
Fourth-year psychology and political science double-major Schunk said he will be focusing on the promotion of self-governance and residential outreach in Isla Vista during his term.
“I want to offer people to have a say in the tax in Isla Vista, in the parking of Isla Vista, on a real legal level where they can make changes,” Schunk said. “I think you’d see an increase in student participation.”
According to Reul, the Office of the Student Advocate has not been able to access their budget during the vacancy in the Student Advocate General position since only the Student Advocate General can review the budget.
“Up until this point, our office hasn’t actually had access to our funds because we haven’t had a Student Advocate General,” Reul said. “We’ve actually had to go to advisors to get permission to print flyers to talk about Halloween. Having a SAG is necessary to getting their own funds, so we don’t really know our own budget.”
It is known, however, that the failure of the Legal Resource Center fee increase denies the center the funding planned for the Self-Help Legal Center and the Sobering Center Program, Reul said.
During his term as Student Advocate General, Reul said he aims to impact students’ ability to seek help with any problems they may be facing, whether they be legal or personal.
“A lot of people just need help,” Reul said. “There was so much terrible shit that happened last year. And so many people that could have gotten help that weren’t able to get help just because they didn’t know the resources were there. I know how much it matters and I know how much they care.”
Reul also said he hopes to educate students about the resources Office of the Student Advocate offers.
“I’m really looking forward to increasing the efficiency of the office,” Reul said. “I think we do a lot of different things for the student body, but the student body doesn’t really know that much about what we do.”
[Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Reul state the failed A.S. Legal Resource Center fee would impact the budget of the Office of the Student Advocate. That is incorrect, the A.S. Legal Resource Center is a completely separate office from the Office of the Student Advocate. The article has been updated accordingly.]
[Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the voter turnout was 5 percent. Voter turnout was actually 16.25 percent of the student body. This article has been updated accordingly.]