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Cole-Martin ticket wins the Student Government presidential race

The Steven Cole-Anjali Martin ticket won the Student Government presidential race by a margin of 40 percent, 931 of the 2,323 votes cast in this election.

Cole, the current vice president of Student Government said he pledges to make student life at EMU better.

“I believe that all Eastern students, whether they voted for me, or one of my opponents, or didn't vote at all, deserve good representation in Student Government.”Cole said.

Presidential impeachment hearing set for April 7

The impeachment hearing of student body president Desmond Miller has been set for Tuesday, April 7 at 8 p.m., according to an email sent out by vice president Steven Cole Thursday.

"I looked carefully at the calendar and concluded the 7th was best because it does not conflict with Excellence Week or Student Government elections (both this week) or SG committees and Greek Week (both next week), and gives the parties ample time to prepare their written materials and presentations," Cole said in the email.

All written materials intended for use during the hearing will be handed in to judicial sergeant David Konarske.

Konarske and Cole have recused themselves from presiding over the hearing and rom presiding pursuant to Student Government bylaws, speaker Kiera Fegan will instead preside.

Elections for the next student body president are still ongoing, but a winner is set to be announced at 9 p.m.

Confusion surrounds election violation allegations

Complaints filed against three of the four candidates running for student body president are mostly requests for “rule clarifications,” according to the election commissioner and adviser to Student Government.

The allegations stem from reports made by students to the Student Government election commission and not from incidents witnessed by the commission.

Election commissioner Jacob Butterfield said he has not personally received any complaints or violation allegations against candidate and current vice president Steven Cole or anyone in his campaign.

Adviser to Student Government Perry Francis said that the commission will only act on issues that come to the commission’s attention in writing with a name attached to the complaint or allegation.

Complaints and allegations can be directed to Butterfield ( and Francis ( via email.

“We want a paper trail,” Francis said.

Three out of the 4 presidential candidates facing allegations of violating election policy

Three out of the four candidates' campaigns for student body president are facing allegations that they have violated election policy, according to the Student Government election commissioner.

The allegations stem from reports made by students to the Student Government election commission, and not from incidents witnessed by the commission.

At the moment, Steven Cole, the current vice president, is the only candidate not accused of breaking this rule.

Candidates Sabrina Ford, Jessica Howell and Aimee Frey were all contacted by The Echo to comment on the allegations.

SANS showcase profits will go toward funding a food pantry at EMU

The Student Artists for a New Society Showcase will be held in the Eastern Michigan University Student Center Auditorium, Monday, from 7-9 p.m.

Admission is free with a suggested donation of one nonperishable food or toiletry item to benefit the EMU Mentorship Access Guidance in College Program's pantry.

The showcase, co-produced by EMU’s own performance group I.M.A.G.E., is a part of EMU student, Lydia Seale’s, Honor’s College senior thesis.

“I recently met the director of the MAGIC Program, which serves students who have no familial support while here at EMU as a result of homelessness, emancipation, or aging out of the foster care system,” Seale said in an email.

Harsh words on social media spark debate, shut down Honors College course

A new Honors College course was thrown out after students took to social media with angry posts directed at the class and professors.

“What started off as grumbling amongst classmates on the Internet, turned into an anonymous mob of harassment, with a lot of comments about body parts and sexist slurs passed around like it was nothing,” said Honors 179 undergraduate fellow Shelby Hallenbeck.

PRSSA to hold Talent Forum

Eastern Michigan University’s Eleanor Wright chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America will host the first PRSSA Talent Forum at 6 p.m.

Associate director in advising and career development selected for MIACADA's Advising Administrator award

The associate director in Eastern Michigan University’s University Advising and Career Development Center has won an advising award.

Molly Weir, a licensed profession counselor in the state of Michigan, was nominated and selected for the Advising Administrator award by the Michigan Academic Advising Association (MIACADA).

“I’m really honored that people would think to nominate me,” she said.

Molly Thornbladh, an Academic Advisor at the UACDC, helped nominate Weir.

Former local leaders address the future of Washtenaw County

Previous mayors of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti and the journalist who watched their every move sat on a panel in Pray-Harrold Tuesday for the third and final installment in the Future of Urban Michigan series.

“My colleague and I had the pleasure of serving during the worst fiscal time since the 1930s,” said John Heiftje, the former and longest-serving mayor of Ann Arbor.