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Rajabali elected MSSA president, Dooley elected VP

by Nia jonesz

Issue date: 04/09/09 Section: Campus News
Media Credit: Wale Agboola

Voter turnout may have been disappointingly low for 2009 Minnesota State Student Association elections, but newly-elected president Murtaza Rajabali still has a smile on his face.

"I'm ready for this," Rajabali said. "I'm looking forward to hitting the ground running. Last year we had to find our steps first … this year I already know what to do. In fact, we've already started running."

That "running" includes already starting work on a key component of his platform - co-curricular transcripts. According to Rajabali, they should be implemented by next fall.

Rajabali and his running mate, vice president-elect Bob Dooley, will likely face many new challenges next year brought on by the nation's economic crisis, but Rajabali said he is looking forward to working with students and the administration on tough issues.

"…If you want to go forward you can't keep saying 'I want,'" Rajabali said. "You have to compromise. You have to work with administration, not against them."

Rajabali and Dooley, who ran under the Mavericks Stand Tall ticket, campaigned on a platform touting the importance of strengthening academics. They also advertised their strong opposition to the off-campus alcohol policy, no fee increases and environmentally-friendly policies.

Despite the crucial issues sure to affect student life, students were considerably more apathetic about this year's election. Around 1,000 fewer students voted this year than last year, and the total came in at 1,888 votes - around 13.6 percent of the study body. Of those votes, 1,007 were for Rajabali. Brett Carpenter of Lead MSU trailed Rajabali's total by 217 votes. Bob Dooley won vice president with 1,094 votes. Josh Gladis received 671.

Additionally, students voted in favor of two changes to the MSSA's constitution. The document will no longer call for a Tenants' Association or for a senate treasurer.

For a full listing of results, including the winning senators, visit the MSSA Web site at

Nia Jonesz is the Reporter news editor