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UNI students elect new student body president and vice president

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Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students at the University of Northern Iowa went to the polls Feb. 22 and 23 to decide who would represent them next year in the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG). With approximately 75 percent of the vote, Spencer Walrath and Ian Goldsmith were elected student body president and vice president.

"Our overall goal as president and vice president is to make UNI a welcoming, active and affordable school," said Walrath, a music and psychology major. "We want UNI to become student's home away from home."

Goldsmith, a theater and psychology major, is equally excited to begin his term. "My main goal is to really connect the student body with the student government to generate and accomplish great ideas next year."

Walrath and Goldsmith assume office April 15. During March they will transition into their new leadership roles by meeting with university officials and interviewing students to serve in their executive cabinet.

Joel Anderson, outgoing NISG president, says the biggest challenge the new administration will have is keeping the pressure on Des Moines, where education budget cuts continue to be debated in the legislature. "I've had the luxury of having a year to prepare for these budget arguments. Spencer and Ian will have a month before [current NISG vice president] Emma Hashman and I pass the baton," said Anderson. "I'll try my best to make sure they are prepared, but they're going to have to work harder than they ever have before."

In addition to electing a new president and vice president, students also selected more than 30 students to serve them in the NISG senate.