Al­lan elected U of S stu­dent union pres­i­dent

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - Local -

Ryan Al­lan has been elected pres­i­dent of the Univer­sity of Saskatchewan Stu­dents’ Union in a by­elec­tion to re­place for­mer pres­i­dent Evan Cole.

Al­lan was un­op­posed, but stu­dents were asked to vote yes or no on the bal­lot. Of the 1,745 stu­dents who voted, 1,186 — or about two-thirds — voted in favour of Al­lan’s pres­i­dency, and 559 voted no.

“The big­gest op­po­nent in an elec­tion when you’re the only can­di­date is stu­dent ap­a­thy. It’s tough to get peo­ple to come out and vote and care,” Al­lan said in an in­ter­view.

Cole re­signed in early July af­ter con­cerns were raised about his in­volve­ment in a law­suit against the stu­dents’ union. Vice-pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions and fi­nance Cody Lang was act­ing pres­i­dent un­til the by­elec­tion.

Stu­dent coun­cil and the stu­dents’ union ex­ec­u­tive were push­ing for Cole’s im­peach­ment at the time of his res­ig­na­tion.

“This a fresh be­gin­ning af­ter the events of the sum­mer. There is tremen­dous po­ten­tial to achieve im­por­tant things now,” Al­lan said.

Stu­dents voted Thurs­day and re­leased late Fri­day af­ter­noon.





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