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The Brown-Nobile slate received 61 percent of the student vote in this year’s uncontested election, establishing Chris Brown as president and Gabby Nobile as executive vice president of next year’s Student Government Association, or SGA.
About 39 percent of voters articulated no confidence in the slate — an increase of 14 percentage points from last year — and 1,345 ballot-casting students chose to abstain from the election. Brown and Nobile will begin their year-long terms as SGA president and executive vice president at the start of the Summer 2 semester. Students also voted to pass all three referendum questions on the ballot, each by large margins.
Nobile, a second-year business administration and psychology combined major from White Plains, New York, said she is thankful for the chance to serve as executive vice president but is disappointed by the number of students that voted no confidence. She said she wants to boost student faith in SGA by extending outreach efforts.
“I do think that there were some flaws in me and Chris’ platform,” Nobile said. “We had a lot of great ideas on there, but people wanted more. My first priority is reaching out to as many students as possible to know what they want.”
Brown, a second-year mathematics and business administration combined major from Farmington, Connecticut, said he is excited about his election and encouraged by the overwhelming success of the ballot’s first referendum, which calls for student representation on the Board of Trustees.
“I think having a representative on the Board of Trustees is huge because the board has so much power,” Brown said. “I’m super excited for us to have the ability to voice our opinion to such high-ranking members of the university.”
The referendum is non-binding for the university, but Brown said a few sitting members of the Board expressed support for the proposal.
Other passed referenda call for Northeastern to institute comprehensive consent and bystander training in all “Introduction to College” courses and to endorse Massachusetts legislation requiring colleges and universities to conduct annual sexual misconduct climate surveys.