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Residence Hall Association elects junior as president

Updated: March 29, 2016 at 11:16 a.m.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Jerome Dineen.

The Residence Hall Association elected junior Ali Belinkie as its next president Monday night.

Belinkie campaigned for the position calling for greater transparency from the administration about the University’s plan to renovate every residence hall on campus on a seven-year cycle.

She will take over for current president Mike Massaroli, who said last week RHA would be lobbying for more funding for residence hall renovations. He argued the current budget will likely make the University’s goals unachievable.

Belinkie also supported the creation of more personalized common rooms in residence halls that would offer a students a bigger say in the room’s use and purpose, including if it’s for socializing, cooking or studying.

She beat out sophomore Carlee Russell, the director of hall development, for the association’s top spot.

Belinkie previously served for two years on the executive board as RHA’s programming director.

“I have strong pre-existing working relationships with many upper-level officials in the administration,” Belinkie said in her closing statement. “And next year is my last year to make a lasting difference in RHA.”

Rachel Metz, a sophomore, ran uncontested for vice president, and fellow sophomore Brooklyn Richards won against three other candidates to become the next director of hall development.

Austin Meo was elected as the programming director, Connor Losey was selected as director of communications and Sean Wesp was re-elected national communications coordinator.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
Due to a reporting error, The Hatchet incorrectly stated that Karl Pederson was selected as director of communication. Connor Losey won the position. We regret this error.

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