Butler students elect Sam Varie as SGA president 2018-2019

Sophomore Sam Varie elected to serve as the 2018-2019 SGA president. Photo courtesy of Sam Varie for SGA President Facebook page.

MEGHAN STRATTON | STAFF REPORTER | mstratton@butler.edu

Sophomore Sam Varie was elected Student Government Association president for the 2018-2019 school year.

The results of the Feb. 26 election were announced to students via SGA’s social media pages and via email by Associate Director of Student Affairs Meg Haggerty on behalf of the SGA Election Oversight Committee the morning of March 1.

As SGA president, Varie’s three main initiatives include administrative accountability, SGA accessibility and an inclusive community. With the idea of SGA accessibility, Varie has made it a point to commit to being an accessible president.

“As one of the few openly gay, non-affiliated presidents, I am honored to represent those communities and appreciate my student peers who elected me to not only support those students, but every student, regardless of their identity or home,” Varie said in an email to The Collegian.

Varie has pledged to host all-student forums to allow all members of the Butler community to participate in conversations about difficult campus issues.

“As your SGA president, I will always have the time to sit down with you and listen to your concerns and ensure that you will walk away knowing I will create action for you,” Varie said in a video on his Instagram account.

Though only a sophomore, Varie has served as a Ross Hall senator from 2016-2017, and a member of the Student Initiatives Board from 2017-2018.

“As a first-year, I found my home in SGA within a community of advocates and leaders,” Varie said. “I look forward to continuing to foster that same community for many students to come.”

In addition, Varie re-ignited the Independent Student Council, served as the Director of Special events for Butler University Dance Marathon’s Executive committee, led students as a Student Orientation Guide, participated in Fall Alternative Break and assists students with programs for leadership and service education.

This year’s SGA election had two outside influences: new election rules and new technology difficulties. The new rules included a prohibition on cabinet members endorsing any candidate. The main technological issue concerned the submit button on the voting page. It took students several clicks to submit their votes, and error messages were frequent.

Varie’s official election Instagram page, @varieforsgapres, displays students of all ages and affiliations explaining their support using the hashtag #VoteVarie.

These students range from first year Angela Kotsonis mentioning that “Varie sparked her interest in SGA, and helped her to become an SGA senator.”

Sophomore Janssen Keiger gave credit to Varie’s rational and educated decision making.

“Varie has already put in countless hours of hard work to help bridge the gap between Independent and Greek students,” Keiger said.

Also on the Instagram page, junior Emily Nettensheim stated that she planned to vote for Varie.

“In my experience working with Sam on the executive board of BUDM, I witnessed his character during high stress, high tension situations,” Nettensheim said.

Senior Maree Smith recommended Varie for president because she works with him on SGA’s Student Initiative Board and knows that “once he has a goal, he will work passionately until it is complete.”

As SGA president, Varie will serve as a liaison between students and administration and lead the SGA Senate.

SGA also announced the election results for Class Officers this morning for the classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021. The announcement can be found on SGA’s Twitter account.

You can follow Meghan on Twitter @meghan_stratton.

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