College Government Elections results
After a week of active campaigning, occurring in-person for the first time since March 2020, on March 8, 2022, Wellesley students elected their 2022-2023 College Government (CG) cabinet. For the CG elections committee (EC) planning had been ongoing since mid-February, right after elections for EC were held. EC is composed of the sitting CG president, a cabinet representative, a House President’s Council representative, a Multicultural President’s Council representative, a non-voting Senate Policy and Ethics Committee (SPEC) member, two Senate representatives and one student-at-large representative. Of the positions, three were contested: CGP, CG vice president and organization’s chair.
CG elections typically happen over the course of a week during which candidates are allowed to actively campaign. While all events were held in person, some virtual options were presented for students who preferred to join via Zoom. Activities that have previously been a staple of Wellesley CG elections were showcased such as candidate crawl, in which candidates visit house council, and the cabinet debates.
Next year’s cabinet includes:
President: Alexandra Brooks ’23
Vice President: Alex Asack ’24
Chief Justice: Nuzaina Faisal Khan ’23
Secretary-Treasurer: Michelle Jung ’24
Student Bursar: Amy Rose ’23
Political Engagement Chair: Liz Huang ’24
COIL: Joni Lee ’23
DOOCA: Abby Lucier ’23
Organizations Chair: Sofia Rubio ’23
Rise in COVID-19 cases
In the past week, Wellesley’s COVID dashboard has reported a large increase in COVID cases. While cases decreased after an initial peak during move-in, in the past three weeks, more and more student cases have been reported, with a peak at 24 student cases between March 6 and 12. According to Dean Sheilah Shaw Horton, cases have exceeded rates from the fall and are “higher than we expected at this time of year.” Overall cases in Massachusetts are currently falling. While the administration will not change the guest policy at this time, students are now required to wear masks in the residence halls for gatherings of more than 10.
First week of new guest policy
The new guest policy went into effect March 7 and will last through Spring break. After March 25, the College will re-evaluate the policy. According to an email from Dean Horton, if COVID cases do not rise, then “we should be able to resume having guests in the halls.” In the meantime, guests are expected to submit proof of vaccination at least one business day prior to arrival, must be masked in the residence halls and should only use designated guest bathrooms.