The Student Government’s newly inaugurated president greeted her constituents in The Quad with tears in her eyes.
“I never been more proud to stand in front of my peers than I am now,” said Tiffany Young, incoming Student Government president.
Students gathered in front of the LBJ statue April 23 for the inauguration of the new student body president and vice president. Young swore in incoming vice president Sean Quiñones in front of a crowd of students, instructors and administrators. Administrators such as President Denise Trauth and former student government officials such as outgoing Associated Student Government President Vanessa Cortez spoke at the event.
The student body elected Young as president over three other candidates, while Quiñones was unopposed in the vice presidential race. Students also approved a revised constitution that change the organization’s name from Associated Student Government to Student Government.
With Quiñones’ help, Young said she will work “endlessly” to deliver what the students ask for.
“I will always seek to make sure everyone’s voice is heard,” Young said. “I ran for this position because my passion for and dedication to improve this university can be a very powerful force.”
Young finished her speech by declaring she “learned what student government can be, and what it should be.” Young received a standing ovation, which some students felt she earned.
“I think we made a good choice in electing Tiffany,” said Lily Lowder, political science junior. “She has a lot of ASG experience, and I like to see her capitalize on this year’s initiatives to foster Bobcat pride.”
The inauguration commenced with Cortez’s farewell speech, where she took time to thank everyone who helped her along during her time in office. Cortez passed advice along to her predecessor as well.
“The challenges, hardships, and trust you encounter in this position can be overwhelming, but the friends you make, the support you receive and the power you have to make a difference is the most rewarding experience,” Cortez said.
Trauth gave her recognition to Cortez, Perez and their former staff the jobs they did for the university and offered advice to the incoming officers.
Trauth told the pair to keep with them “a balance of seriousness and humor, self-assurance and humility” during their time in office.