Junior Pat McCormick and sophomore Brett Rocheleau won the election for student body president and vice president after capturing 64 percent of the vote in Thursday’s runoff, Judicial Council president Marcelo Perez said. McCormick and Rocheleau defeated junior James Ward and freshman Heather Eaton in the runoff election. “It was a very normal turnout, with just a little over 3,000 students voting,” Perez said. “No more or no less than usual.” McCormick, who currently serves as the chair of the Senate Social Concerns Committee, said he looks forward to working toward a smooth transition with current student body president Catherine Soler and vice president Andrew Bell. “We want to build on the extraordinary foundation their leadership has built for student government,” he said. The ticket’s top priority is going to be trying to connect to students in all areas of their life, McCormick said. “We want to try to transform student government as a way of amplifying students’ voices and responding to issues that students care about,” he said. “It is our hope that we can build a student government that allows students to chart their own course for the future of Notre Dame.” McCormick said they hope to make student government more about students by creating a committee for constituent services. “Ultimately, moral conscience is at the core of all of our ideas,” he said. Rocheleau, who was out of town when the polls closed at 8 p.m., received the results of the election via Skype. “I’m very excited and I wish I was there,” he said. “We’re both looking forward to a great year.” Ward and Eaton received 35.9 percent of the vote in the runoff. Eaton said the ticket was excited to have made it to this point in the election. “It’s definitely something to cross off the bucket list,” Eaton said. “I just want to thank everyone who has supported us. It’s been a great run.” Ward said he hopes to remain involved with student government despite the loss. “I’m thinking about jumping into the policy side of things,” he said. “It definitely opens up a lot of opportunities.” McCormick said he and Rocheleau are looking forward to taking office April 1. “We have high hopes for Notre Dame and the role that Notre Dame can play in higher education,” McCormick said. “We want to help students realize those hopes for our school.”
It’s best to develop money-saving habits when you’re young, so Georgia Saves is reaching out to Georgia students with its inaugural Make Your Own Piggy Bank Contest.Georgia Saves, part of the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America and sponsored by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, wants students to design their own unique piggy banks to help inspire their peers – and their parents – to start saving.The contest is open to students from first to 12th grade, and the entry deadline is March 15. “Spending takes no special talents or abilities; anyone can do it,” said Michael Rupured, a financial management specialist with UGA Extension and the contest’s co-organizer. “Saving, however, is a habit that needs to be developed, practiced and encouraged. Developing the saving habit at a young age pays off big over the course of a lifetime. Piggy banks are an important tool for developing the saving habit and shifting the conversation from spending money to saving it.”Students must make a piggy bank that allows money to be put in and taken out without destroying the bank. They also have to demonstrate how their bank works in a short video posted on Instagram. This less-than-60-second video should show the materials used and allow the student to showcase their banks in the best light.Winners in elementary, middle and high school age brackets will receive $50, $100 and $200 gift cards, respectively. Banks will be judged on originality, creativity, functionality, visual appeal, overall impression, and the video presentation and its popularity on Instagram.The piggy banks and the accompanying videos will be used to promote the Georgia Saves pledge, which encourages saving toward a specific goal in order to help kick-start new saving habits. Those who take the pledge receive regular reminders to save via text message as well as money-saving tips. Visit GeorgiaSaves.org to take the pledge.For more information and requirements about the Make Your Own Piggy Bank Contest, contact your local UGA Extension office or visit www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/money. Individual students as well as class groups are encouraged to enter the contest.