AUSA Election Results
Date: March 2, 2011
The votes were counted and recounted at the end of the third week of February for the annual Andrews University Student Association (AUSA) elections. On Friday, Feb. 18, the candidates’ hard work and prayer came to fruition. Serving the student body of Andrews University next year as elected AUSA officers will be: Andrew Moll, president; Sandra Owusu-Antwi, vice-president; Nathaniel Gibbs, religious vice-president; Kristina Penny, editor-in-chief of the Student Movement; and José Rivera, social recreation director.
“My campaign, I would say, was 98% prayer,” says AUSA vice-president elect Owusu-Antwi.
Almost all of the candidates—those elected and those who were not—agree prayer was the central and most crucial component of their campaigns. Communication with fellow students was a close second. The candidates also agreed, as AUSA President-elect Moll put it, “AUSA isn't completely about politics but about service.”
Near the end of the campaign, Etser Edouard dropped out of the race for religious vice-president. “Is it possible to ‘lol’ in an article?” she said. “I hate politics. I always have and always will. Several months before I was offered another position for next year and since then, I had been praying about it. I am the type of person that only lets God make big decisions for me.”
Nathaniel Gibbs agrees with Etser’s stance on politics. “It is hard to attempt to be like Christ and to promote self,” says the newly elected religious vice-president. He adds he’s “excited to see what God has planned for next year.”
AUSA vice-president elect Owusu-Antwi says, “I want the student body to know and always remember that they are the school. Just as a shepherd cannot go to work without any sheep, AUSA cannot function without its student body.”
Moll says networking is among his first goals as AUSA president. “[It] will be to build connections with many different people. I will begin to form my cabinet with help from Sandra Owusu-Antwi, your vice-president, and Paul Buckley, our AUSA sponsor.” He continues, “I also will be meeting with many of the people who hold influence and respect on our campus. I hope to build strong connections with them so we can be on the same page and begin working together to improve Andrews. I would love to hear [students’] ideas and suggestions.” Moll encourages students to contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-430-3413.
-By Skye Tenorio, news editor for the Student Movement