Baruch welcomes the 2023-2024 USG board during Spring Fling

Maya Demchak-Gottlieb, Editor-In-Chief

The Baruch College Undergraduate Student Government elections for the 2023-2024 school year took place from April 24 at 9 a.m. until April 26 at 12 p.m. The official results were announced on April 27 during Spring Fling.

Only 911 ballots were cast by the approximately 15,000 undergraduate students. The 6% voter turnout is a decrease from the 2022 election’s 8.6% voter turnout.

DIVE, which stands for “Dynamically Inspiring and Vividly Empowering,” was the only party that ran.

Forty-one of the 61 candidates on the ballot belonged to DIVE. All of the party’s candidates who ran won.

Jessica Yauri won for president, Abdullah Mahdi won for executive vice president, Karen Guanga won for treasurer and Adriana Cuca won for secretary. All of them represented DIVE.

“Thank you so much for showing up and showing out and voting,” Mahdi told the student body in an interview with The Ticker. “No matter who you voted for, I just want to thank you for even putting your student voices out there and amplifying them. It’s super important that you’re able to have elected representatives represent your interests.”

Another team titled A.C.T., which stands for “Act, Change, Truth,” ran at the start of the campaign season on March 30. But it did not organize a campaign effort and dropped out of the race during spring break.

Candidates informed The Ticker that they withdrew from A.C.T., but nine candidates appeared as A.C.T. on the ballot.

In a statement to The Ticker, the Office of Student Life said it did not receive notice of some candidates withdrawal in writing.

Yauri and Mahdi were unopposed, but Ernest Khaimov of A.C.T. ran against Guanga for treasurer, and Avrohom Malachowski, who ran independently, ran against Cuca for secretary.

Nine A.C.T. candidates ran for positions.

Two A.C.T. candidates won — Aia Roshdi for Communications Board and Amina Abdukarimova for University Student Senate alternative representative.

Independents ran for 11 positions and won five of them.

Dave Olajide won vice president of campus affairs, and Brianna Augustin won a representative senator position.

“My whole campaign was based on utilizing the student voice,” Augustin told The Ticker. “I’m just so thankful that everyone came out and voted and I am looking forward to working hard for all of us to create a better community for all of us. We deserve it. We are the future.”

Joseph Hernandez and Avrohom Malachowski both won University Student Senate representative positions.

Kayla Aaron won a University Student Senate alternate representative position.

“I want to thank the students for trusting me to continue to represent them in the University Student Senate,” Aaron told The Ticker. “I look forward to advocating for them and trying to invest in our school through student advocacy for improving our facilities, streamlining funding, increasing our partnership with USS and ensuring that all students have access to everything they need on campus.”

Aaron, Malachowski, Hernandez, Augustin and Olajide were formerly members of A.C.T. but ran as independents.

“I look forward to continuing to ensure that Baruch is proudly represented in the wider CUNY community, as well as continuing to collaborate with my colleagues from other CUNY schools to advocate for the needs of our students and ensure that our university is a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment for everyone,” Malachowski said in a written statement shared with The Ticker.

Makkedah Ramsey and Zain Shazad were also former members of A.C.T. and ran as independents, but they did not win their elections.

Olajide wanted to join DIVE. He campaigned alongside the party, including representing it during an interview with The Ticker and at a debate event on April 17.

The Student Elections Review Committee did not approve his request to join DIVE.

Olajide ran as an independent. But DIVE’s Instagram post on April 20 presented Olajide as one of its candidates for vice president of campus affairs.

Guidelines don’t prohibit candidates from campaigning together.

The results for the elected positions can be viewed on the Student Government Elections webpage of Baruch’s Student Life website.