Under­grad­uate stu­dents will cast their bal­lots this week in the Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Asso­ci­a­tion direct elec­tions, which are open until mid­night on Friday, April 1. The ballot is avail­able via the front page of the myNEU stu­dent portal.

This year there is only one slate on the ballot: ChangeNU, which includes Elliot Horen, CIS’18, as can­di­date for stu­dent body pres­i­dent, and Suchira Sharma, DMSB’19, as can­di­date for exec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent. Pro­files of the can­di­dates are avail­able on the ballot and in mate­rials cir­cu­lated by the candidates.

There will be a “Meet the Can­di­dates” event on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Krentzman Quad, and pizza will be served. Can­di­dates must gather 375 stu­dent sig­na­tures to be placed on the ballot. At least 20 per­cent of the under­grad­uate stu­dent body must vote in order for the elec­tion to be legit­i­mate. Oth­er­wise the SGA Senate will deter­mine the election.

Voting is an impor­tant mea­sure stu­dents can use to enhance their stu­dent expe­ri­ence,” Stu­dent Body Pres­i­dent Eric Tyler, CIS’16, said in a state­ment. “SGA saw a record-​​setting level of stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion last year, and I hope we will con­tinue to see that momentum of stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion grow this year.”

There are also two ref­er­enda ques­tions on this year’s ballot, both of them posed by the Husky Envi­ron­mental Action Team:

1) “Do you believe North­eastern should reduce its usage of plastic bags by charging a renew­able energy fee of $.05 per plastic bag and the use of plastic bags?” (If stu­dents vote “yes,” the ref­er­endum pro­poses that a $.05 fee per plastic bag be charged at dining cen­ters such as Rebecca’s and the Curry Stu­dent Center and that the funds col­lected be given to SGA’s Renew­able Energy Fee.)

2) “Do you think that for every garbage bin on campus there should be an accom­pa­nying recy­cling bin?” (If stu­dents vote “yes,” the ref­er­endum pro­poses that North­eastern place a recy­cling bin next to every garbage bin on campus, clear the recy­cling bins and garbage bins simul­ta­ne­ously, and clearly label the recy­cling bin and specify it is for plastic materials.

The ques­tions are non-​​binding and do not result in imme­diate policy changes but rather signal the stu­dent body’s interest in the issues.

More infor­ma­tion on the direct elec­tions can be found on the SGA web­site sga​.neu​.edu as well as on the SGA’s Face­book and Twitter pages.

Note: This story was updated to reflect a change in the format of the “Meet the Can­di­date” event sched­uled for Wednesday.