Run, Don’t Walk, To the Ballots

Students who want their voices to be heard, can apply to be a candidate in the annual Graduate Student Government Elections

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Run, Don’t Walk, To the Ballots
Student Government Association Executive Board of 2021-2022.
Jaclyn Lukas, Staff Writer

As we move through the spring semester, it is once again time for Student Government Elections. Students are encouraged to let their voices be heard and go after the positions that will help them make a change. Let’s see what waits in store for the opportunities with these elections and how students can get involved. 

Kean students can apply to become a candidate through Cougar Link until 2 p.m. Friday, March 4. Once application closes, Student Government will check the candidates eligibility to run for the position they chose. Following, will be a candidate meeting to go over the details regarding the election campaigning. Then the candidate will be publicized to Kean students and staff. 

There will be multiple informational sessions held for students looking to become candidates, leading up to the close of applications. The dates are as follows: 

  • Tuesday, February 8th, 3:15 to 4:30 pm - Greek Lounge

  • Tuesday, February 8th, 5 to 6 pm - Zoom

  • Monday, February 14th, 3:15 to 4:30 pm - MSC 226

  • Wednesday, February 16th, 12 to 1 pm - MSC 226

  • Wednesday, February 16th, 7 to 8 pm - Zoom

  • Friday, February 18th, 1 to 2pm - MSC 226

  • Friday, February 18th, 4 to 5pm - Zoom

  • Thursday, February 24th, 3:15 to 4:30 pm - MSC 315

  • Thursday, February 24th, 6 to 7 pm - Zoom

Sophomore class President, Jeremiah Monteiro expressed, “This year will be a huge year for Student Government Association as we are totally rebranded. This is the golden opportunity to have your voice heard and change Kean University for the better. As well as, vote for someone because you believe that they are more than capable of doing their job to the best of their ability.” 

When it comes time to vote, students must go onto Cougar Link and click forms. Elections will run from Wednesday, April 6 at 9 a.m. to Thursday, April 7 at 5 p.m. The announcement regarding who won the elections will be held in the Greek Lounge, on April 7 at 5:30 pm. Student Government will also post the unofficial results on Cougar Link, following the in person announcement. 

“On a final note, this year's election is an election like none other. With a new name and logo to be revealed, SGA will be the focal point of Kean University again! To prospective candidates, SGA has helped me with new opportunities that I never thought I could envision. I have met amazing people along the way and have the opportunity everyday to perfect my skills such as team building, critical thinking, communication, etc.”, Monteiro said. 

If students have any questions or want more information they can contact the Director of Student Government, Stephanie Faser, at or by phone at (908) 737-5195, (908) 737- 5250. 

Best of luck to all of the upcoming eligible candidates! 

about the author

Jaclyn Lukas, Staff Writer

Jaclyn Lukas is an English major with a concentration in writing. She joined The Cougar’s Byte staff in Spring 2021. After her time at Kean, Jaclyn hopes to start her professional career in publishing for books or newspapers/magazines.