Schauer and Aga will serve as president and vice president dur- ing the 2016-2017 aca- demic year. Photo by Maddie Malat.

Schauer and Aga will serve as president and vice president dur- ing the 2016-2017 aca- demic year. Photo by Maddie Malat.

After a record vot- ing turnout, nearly dou- ble of last year’s, Rachael Schauer and Molly Aga were named Concordia’s Student Body President and Vice President.

According to Grace Hoffa, the 2016 Spring Elections Marshal, Schau- er and Aga won in a land- slide 574 votes, while Jus- tin Odney and Joey Ness received 315.

“Thank you so much,” Schauer said fol- lowing the Tuesday night announcement. “I don’t think it has anything to do with [Molly and I]. We’ve been working hard for a long time and I think people can tell that we re- ally care.”

Aga and Schauer were joined by their Chief of Operations, Ellie But- ler, and Director of Com- munications Alex Sami- on. Katie Anderson will be serving as their Chief of Staff when she returns from her study abroad

program in Ireland. According to Schau-

er, the first issue that the team wants to focus on is mental health disorders on campus; specifically addressing the mental health needs of incoming students and student-ath- letes.

Schauer and Aga celebrate moments after winning the election. Photo by Maddie Malat.

Schauer and Aga celebrate moments after winning the election. Photo by Maddie Malat.

“We’ve been work- ing on it this past year al- ready, and have had great conversations … with a lot of different areas of cam- pus,” she said. “[We want to instill a] process of in- coming students … feel- ing comfortable disclos- ing their mental health with the college so those resources can be made available, rather than get- ting halfway through and struggling.”

Junior Marah Ev- ansalsopromotedmental health awareness during campaign week, and was elected as one of the se- nior representatives on Tuesday night.

“Being on res life, I see the behind-the-scenes part and know what stu-

dents are really dealing with,” she said in a Face- book statement. “I am very interested in helping with the mental health is- sues that are on our cam- pus. I want students to feel that they can be com- pletely themselves and that they are accepted, which are two things I’ve had trouble with since be- ing here.”

Schauer and Aga celebrate moments after winning the election. Photo by Maddie Malat.

Schauer and Aga celebrate moments after winning the election. Photo by Maddie Malat.

Cody Bekkerus and Evans will serve as Se- nior Class Representa- tives. Kailee Zabolothy was elected as Junior Class Representative, and Jacob Hanson and Jona- than Immel were elected as the Sophomore Class Representatives.

Karen Besonen

Karen Besonen is a senior Multimedia Journalism major, originally from Apple Valley, Minnesota. She is an enthusiast of music, along with keeping a personal blog and following the action on Capital Hill. She has a passion for traveling and philanthropic work, and with her degree, she hopes to work for a Christian nonprofit that fights the trafficking and exploitation of children.

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