Two individuals are vying for this school year’s presidency of the Associated Students of Northern Marianas College.
Queanna C. Sablan, student activities manager at the Office of Student Activities and Leadership, said yesterday that incumbent ASNMC president Chenglong “Alex” Shen from the Liberal Arts program will once again run for the position against contender Faithful E. Mendiola.
To be eligible to run for the ASNMC positions, among the requirements is each candidate must complete at least 12 college-level credits in the semesters prior to their candidacy.
For vice president, the battle will be between Faithful Mendiola and Lani Russell, also from the Liberal Arts program. NMC refused to disclose details about Mendiola’s program at the college without her permission.
The treasurer position has a lone candidate, Riya R. Nathrani from the School of Education, while Jian Joyner is also unopposed for the position of secretary. Joyner is from the liberal arts program.
ASNMC also has three vacant seats for senators. The contenders are Ervin Cruz, Justine Conrad Mallari, and Faithful Mendiola.
ASNMC election rules allow a candidate to run for multiple posts.
According to Sablan, all NMC students registered for fall 2013 are eligible to vote. Of this semester’s enrollment of 1,095 students, she expects at least a third of the total student population to cast their votes in this election.
The election for the ASNMC’s new officers is slated for two days, Sept. 24 and 25, from 9am to 6pm at the Student Center. Students must present their NMC student I.D. Election results will be announced on Sept. 26.
Saipan Tribune learned that prior to today’s election, the candidates were given the opportunity to campaign among students.
The term of the ASNMC president is throughout the duration of the school year, with extension through the summer period. To keep the position, the student leader must maintain a GPA of 3.0. For the result to become official, ballots must be certified by the dean of Student Services, representatives of the ASNMC, and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership, among others.
ASNMC consists of a cooperative and student-driven governance body that shapes the core of student leadership. Its executive cabinet comprises four students who are elected at large by the student body and serve a one-year term in office.