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Changing of the guard: ASWU executive election results!

Chrissy Ewald

News Editor

On Friday afternoon, Associated Students of Willamette University (ASWU) Vice President Angel Park (‘22) released the results of this spring’s executive election to the student body. The election, which determines who will serve on ASWU exec in the 2022-23 school year, closed voting at 5 p.m. on Friday. In an email sent at 5:57 p.m., Park announced that Oakley Phoenix (‘23) has been elected president over Jack Randall (‘23), Ian Curtis (‘23) was elected vice president in a non-competitive race, and Brice Hoerauf (‘25) was elected treasurer in another non-competitive race.

In an email, Phoenix said: “I'm grateful for all the support I received throughout this speedy election process. Friends shared the poster to their social platforms, coworkers passed along my contact information, and a number of faculty and staff also wished me well. This was a collaborative, relatively out-of-the-blue week of campaigning for an election I hadn't anticipated running in a week ago. I'm thankful for this opportunity to be a voice for marginalized students on campus that wouldn't have been able to see themselves in the ASWU exec team otherwise. My first step now is connecting with Vice President Curtis and Treasurer Hoerauf and beginning to make sure we build a solid foundation as a brand new trio of leaders.” Phoenix serves as the equity and empowerment liaison for the Gender Resource and Advocacy Center (GRAC) and Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and as support space co-facilitator and SafeZone facilitator at the GRAC. They are also copy editor at The Collegian.

In an email, Curtis said: “I am looking forward to working with President Phoenix and Treasurer Hoerauf in the fall. They are fantastic leaders on campus and I think that we will be able to accomplish a lot working together. I intend to use my role to be a voice for students and will push for Willamette to be a regional leader on environmental and social justice issues. I also hope to re-establish a single cohesive Willamette community that has not been seen since before COVID in which we can learn and grow together. Lastly, I hope to oversee a productive and collaborative year in the ASWU Senate.” Curtis is currently the president of Willamette’s student club Climate Action Alliance (CAA) and serves as a student representative on Willamette’s Sustainability Steering Committee.

In an email, Hoerauf said: “I want to first thank everyone that has supported me throughout the process of becoming your next ASWU treasurer. I pledge to change ASWU and our community at large into a better place for everyone. Thank you again and have an amazing spring break.” Hoerauf also serves as a student representative on the Sustainability Steering Committee and is a coordinator for the student club Students for Sustainability. He currently serves as an ASWU senator for the class of 2025.

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