Three students run for student government representative in special election

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The student government office in Farinon. (Photo by Ben Fuller ’21)

William Gordon

Three seniors are running for special election for student government after a representative left before her term ended.

Erik Cannon ’17, Barker Carlock ’17 and Andrew Wargofchik ’17 are on the ballot to serve on the Lafayette College Student Government for the fall semester of their senior year.

“I believe that I’m very fit to represent the student body as a whole,” Cannon said. “The Lafayette student body is the backbone of our campus. And I believe I’ve had experience in a lot of different areas of the Lafayette campus.”

In his statement on the Qualtrics survey, he wrote “So if you want to make Lafayette great again, vote Erik for student council.”

As a representative, Cannon said he wants to allocate resources to create a mobile app for Lower to tell people when their meal is ready.

He does not plan on campaigning and neither does Carlock, who said he wants make change at Lafayette College.

“I’m just a very civic minded person and … I’ve had this sense of caring beyond self,” Carlock said.

If elected, Carlock wants to represent the needs of students of diverse backgrounds and work to build community at the college. He has been involved in admissions events that celebrate diversity like Our Beloved Community and Prologue.

Wargofchik wrote in an email that his internships in Washington D.C., including one working for Fox News, has made him “increasingly passionate about politics over the years.”

He wrote that he has been campaigning through Facebook and Instagram.

Wargofchik wrote that he wants to make “small changes to better the everyday lives of Lafayette students.”

“Why aren’t quad walkways not dimly illuminated at night [sic]? Why aren’t there more staplers in the library? Why don’t students have access to pens, post-it notes, highlighters, etc. in the library? I’d like to bring questions like this into the stugov dialogue,” he wrote.

The election results will be announced after the polls close Tuesday at 12 p.m., Chair of Representation Bilal Akbar ’18 said.

The elections were planned to be held early last week, he said, but student government realized it needed to give more time for students to get their applications in. Its bylaws require giving students a week to get their applications in for special elections, Akbar said. Originally, student government only gave potential candidates three days.

This comes after Sade Evans ’17 left the representative position unoccupied, because she is studying abroad this semester, according to Akbar.