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Powell/Farmer 2014

President-elect Jared Powell and Vice President-elect LaKecia Farmer celebrate their election to ASWSU executive office at Sigma Phi Epsilon, Wednesday, March 12.

President-elect Jared Powell and Vice President-elect LaKecia Farmer celebrate their election to ASWSU executive office at Sigma Phi Epsilon, Wednesday, March 12.

President-elect Jared Powell and Vice President-elect LaKecia Farmer celebrate their election to ASWSU executive office at Sigma Phi Epsilon, Wednesday, March 12.

President-elect Jared Powell and Vice President-elect LaKecia Farmer celebrate their election to ASWSU executive office at Sigma Phi Epsilon, Wednesday, March 12.

BY MATTHEW BRUNSTETTER AND CHAD SOKOL | Evergreen reporters

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The house of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity rumbled from the cheers of avid supporters as Jared Powell and LaKecia Farmer were announced as the next ASWSU president and vice president Wednesday night.

Powell and Farmer thanked everyone who contributed to their victory.

“It really was a joint effort with all you guys,” said Farmer, vice president-elect. “Even though we won, I’d like to say you all won.”

The ASWSU elects received 56.1 percent of the votes with 1,747 after write-ins.

ASWSU President Taylor Hennessey applauded student involvement and Powell-Farmer’s victory.

“I think the turnout was great for what we were expecting,” Hennessey said. “Congrats are in order I think, to both tickets. ASWSU would have been in good hands either way.”

The crowded common area of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house went quiet as Marissa Hice received a call from ASWSU Vice President Kevin Massimino. Shortly after receiving the news, she and Shawn Santomassimo addressed those in attendance.

“I couldn’t even tell you guys how much I appreciate your support,” Santomassimo said. “You guys are the best support I could have gotten.”

Following that announcement, a long line of TKE members hugged Hice and Santomassimo individually.

“The fact that it was close, the fact that at least one person in the school voted for us is really humbling,” Hice said.

She noted Powell and Farmer “have big shoes to fill.”

“Congratulations to them,” Santomassimo said. “Hell of a campaign.”

Under constitutional amendments, the referendum for a tobacco- free campus passed with 59 percent of the votes.

“I am pleased with the outcome to further explore being a tobacco free campus,” Hennessey said. “I hope the task force created in the wake of the yes vote will be as in-depth as possible.”

Both Powell and Farmer are looking forward to getting to work right away.

“It feels awesome. I’m honestly glad this election is over,” Powell said. “I’m really excited to get started this year.”

Farmer said she was happy with the support the ticket received.

“It really exemplifies what we were running for, all the people here are from various communities and that’s what we wanted,” she said.

Making the announcement was a sort of surreal experience for Massimino.

“It’s strange looking back, Taylor and I, we went through all this last year,” Massimino said. “ASWSU is in very good hands, and we look forward to seeing what they do next year.”

Powell is currently the director of finance, and Farmer is currently the senate pro-tempore.

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