McCormick wins in run-off

first_imgJunior 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.”last_img read more

MIA Tokpa Promises to Uphold Liberia’s Traditions

first_imgInternal Affairs Minister Dr. Henrique Flomo Tokpa, says he will do everything in his power to uphold, respect and promote Liberia’s traditions.He made the statement recently in Brewerville, when he and his deputy for Administration, Varney Sirleaf and others were gowned by Mama Siah Toomey, considered as the country’s Supreme Zoe.Dr. Tokpa said the honor by the women is a challenge to him and promised to do his best with the support of his deputies, particularly Minister Sirleaf.“I am grateful for this honor, but actually for me I don’t deserve it because I didn’t work for it. The honor should have been bestowed on Varney Sirleaf, who has worked so hard to uplift the ministry to where it is today,” he said amid applause.The Deputy Minister Sirleaf expressed gratitude to Mama Toomey for the honor and promised that they will work together as one people. He called on other traditional leaders to support Minister Tokpa. Gowning the ministers earlier, Mama Toomey, head of the traditional Women’s Council of Liberia, said tradition says every Minister being appointed by the president to serve the traditional people must be gowned and officially welcomed to the ministry.“And this is what we have been doing for all the past ministers who came to the Ministry,” said Mama Toomey. She added that the ministry is a very large entity and as such, the minister needs to know its true function owing to its ‘Zoes’ undertone.The Ministry, she noted, has a great impact to make in promoting the true value of our Liberian heritage.The supreme Zoe also commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Cater Center for their remarkable roles in bringing peace to Liberia.She certificated William R. Tolbert, Jr., Chief Zanzan Kawor, Ambassador Juli Endee and Carter Center’s Liberia Country Director Pewee Flomoku.The program was attended by Lofa County Representative Mariana Fofona and other government officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more