5 elected to student government senate seats

Five students were elected to student government senate Sept. 19, filling one underclassman seat, three student organization seats and one Attallah College of Educational Studies seat.

The results are unofficial until Sept. 21 at 5 p.m.,  according to the student government website, meaning that candidates have until then to appeal the election results.

Freshman communication studies major Nicole Katz won the underclassman seat with 66 percent of the vote. Katz aims to encourage involvement with student government, she said.

Nicole Katz, freshman communication studies major

“This seat is something I’ve had my eye on since I applied to Chapman,” Katz told The Panther. “I knew Chapman has a strong student government, and I knew it’s something I always wanted to be a part of, so I’m really excited.”

Katz’s first plan will be to improve residence hall amenities, she said.

“We don’t have hydration stations (in Pralle-Sodaro Hall),” she said. “I’m also planning on holding office hours.”

Freshmen students Summer Khatib, who earned 24 percent of votes, Ishani Patel, who garnered 23 percent of votes and sophomore Dylan Derakhshanian, who earned 19 percent of votes, were elected as student organization senators.

Summer Khatib, freshman philosophy major

Khatib, a philosophy major, said her focus after being elected is to work with campus clubs.

“I’m excited to start hearing what clubs have to say … and I’m excited to start working with the rest of the senate and really understanding what it is that we do,” Khatib said. “I want to continue in student government for the rest of my time at Chapman.”

Derakhshanian, a sophomore political science major, said that students have already started to approach him with suggestions for improvements on campus.

Dylan Derakhshanian, sophomore political science major

“A lot of my classmates have pulled me over and have started sharing ideas with me and asking me to make suggestions at the senate,” Derakhshanian said. “I’ve been wanting to make the gym bigger and I know something is in the works for that, but that’s one of my goals.”

Patel did not respond to requests for comment.

Carly Croft, who was elected as the Attallah College of Educational Studies senator, ran unopposed.