Mulukutla, Gambrah sworn in as ASG president, executive vice president


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Nehaarika Mulukutla is sworn in as Associated Student Government president. The Weinberg junior won the uncontested election last week.

Jonah Dylan, Print Development and Recruitment Editor

Weinberg juniors Nehaarika Mulukutla and Rosalie Gambrah were sworn in as the next Associated Student Government president and executive vice president during Senate on Wednesday.

Mulukutla and Gambrah won the election after running uncontested, garnering 76.8 percent of the vote. Only 894 students voted in the election, down from the 4,060 who voted last year.

After she was sworn in, Mulukutla said the pair are in the process of putting together a plan for their first 100 days in office. Their first priority is to ensure efficacy among the new ASG executive board, she said.

“The most important thing on our minds right now is electing an executive board that actually really does what they need to do and can purport our vision in the way we want them to,” she said.

Mulukutla and Gambrah had met with the former president, SESP senior Christina Cilento, and executive vice president, McCormick senior Macs Vinson, before Senate to facilitate the transition. Mulukutla said she wants to work toward finishing the projects Cilento and Vinson weren’t able to complete.

Mulukutla said she and Gambrah plan to meet with vice president for student affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin “immediately” to discuss the issue of sexual assault on campus. Earlier this month, the pair wrote a letter, signed by more than 100 students, urging the administration to increase resources for survivors of sexual assault.

According to an email sent to students Feb. 6, anonymous reports alleged four female students were given a date rape drug at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on Jan. 21. Two of the students believed they were sexually assaulted, the alert said.

Another anonymous report was received Feb. 3, Chief of Police Bruce Lewis said in the email. The report alleged that another student had been sexually assaulted, potentially with the use of a date rape drug, after attending an event at another, unnamed fraternity the previous night.

In an email to students on March 30, Telles-Irvin said no disciplinary action would be taken against SAE and the other fraternity for the original allegations of sexual assault and drugging.

On Wednesday, Senate also elected two senators to the selection committee for ASG’s executive board. The committee will make its nominations for open positions to Senate in two weeks.

Senate also passed legislation splitting the position of vice president for student life, which was filled by two co-vice presidents, into two new positions. The new positions are vice president for health and wellness and vice president for housing, dining, and facilities.

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