Kaya Olson and Kianna Storm elected as president and vice president of ASUP

Student activities fee voted to raise $20 in 2024-2025 school year

By Kate Cuadrado | March 22, 2023 10:12pm
Kaya Olson (left) and Kianna Storm (right) have been elected as ASUP president and vice president respectively. Photos courtesy of ASUP.

The results are in for the Associated Students of the University of Portland (ASUP) 2023-2024 election. 

Kaya Olson, current sophomore senator, will serve as president with Kianna Storm, current director of communications, as vice President. Both ran unopposed. 

Sophomore Ronit Chopra was elected as director of finance with 62.5% of the vote and Karel Farfan Navarrete was elected as director of communications with 55.39% of the vote. 

Junior Claire Vondenkamp was elected as Campus Program Board (CPB) director with 98% of the vote and ran unopposed. 

In addition to the executive board, 14 out of the 16 senate positions were filled with one runoff election for a Sophomore class senator. Shane Ruyle and Kainalu Gomera each received 58.87% of the vote. The run-off election will take place March 28-29 and will require a vote from at least 10% of the sophomore class. 

Also on the ballot was the bill to raise the student activities fee from $130 to $150, which was passed with 59.1% of votes. Since the 2023-2024 school year tuition is already in place, the raise will be implemented during the 2024-2025 school year.

17.9% of the student body, 560 students, voted in the election, a rise from last year’s 14.2% turnout. In the years prior, there was a 20.8% and 18.8% turn out in 2021 and 2020, respectively. 

Below is the list of elected class and school senators and their percentage of the vote: 

Sophomore Class: Aidan Sanchez (91.3%)

Junior Class senators: Ben Carey-DiGregorio (97.07%), Michael Hauger (97.43%)

Senior Class: Rosabelle Joy Barrozo (83.87%), Graceson Mathies (58.06%)

College of Arts and Sciences: Stephanie Vasquez (74.88%), Erin McKibbin (63.25%)

Pamplin School of Business: Mae Cooke (94%), Rosana Gutierrez (94%)

School of Education: Sophia Vancamp (100%)

School of Nursing: Nicholas Koffler (98.38%), Nicole Cuevas (95.16%)

Shiley School of Engineering: Austin Boyle (98.7%), Denver Backus (97.4%)

Kate Cuadrado is the News and Managing Editor for The Beacon. She can be reached at cuadrado24@up.edu