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Sophomore Jenna Davis to lead SGA after uncontested race

Peyton Reich
Students gather on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in the Student Center to listen to the speeches of the candidates running for E-Board for students to learn more about why they should vote for either candidate.

A sophomore fine arts major is the next president of the Student Government Association.

Jenna Davis, who ran uncontested, was elected president after the voting concluded at noon on Tuesday, April 9. The winners for president and three other officers were announced at a meeting of the SGA the same night.

Davis said she was excited. 

I don’t know how else to put it besides I’m looking forward to next year,” she said. 

Her term starts in the 2024-25 academic year. She replaces Tyler Harding, a junior film and television major who is graduating in Fall 2024.

Davis previously told the Chronicle that she is concerned about proposed budget cuts to campus events like Manifest. But she said the college could stop catering events like Parents Weekend and Admitted Students Day.

She said she wants to work with new members to see what they come up with and “how we can get more engagement in SGA.”

The other elected officers were Amelia Lutz for executive vice president, Dave Palazzolo for vice president of finance and Mar Wynn for vice president of communications 


What the newly elected officers are saying:

Amelia Lutz, executive vice president 

“I’m very excited about this. I’m really excited to kind of see what next year brings and see what I can do for Columbia next year.”

What are you looking forward to in this position?

“The main thing I’m really looking forward to is working with other community groups on campus. I talked about it last week, but I really want to find a way to help with diversity in the community at Columbia. I’m excited to work with the Latino alliance again and BSU. I’m really excited to work with them on events so that we can kind of help bring some more of that into Columbia at a bigger scale.”


Dave Palazzolo, vice president of finance

“Oh, it feels good. I mean, it’s been a great experience this past year serving in the position and I’m excited to get to continue the work that I’ve been doing, and surrounded by some of the same group that I’ve already been working with, but also some new faces in the positions that I work with is going to be exciting”

What are you looking forward to next year?

“I would say, getting to see, like the next, the next generation of SGA come about and in sort of being in the same position is like, weird, like, it was a transition, you know, this year to be, you know, beyond that position, but now, returning to it, and being one of the sort of the, the older members of E-board is like, sort of strange and, and just seeing, like, you know, the, the senators that we had in SGA this year have been fantastic, and they’ve had some great ideas. But seeing some of those people now take on E-board positions and help mentor a whole new group of senators on SGA is going to be really exciting and so we’re really excited for the work that’s gonna be done next year.”


Mar Wynn, vice president of communications

“I was so nervous. I’m happy that it worked out. So I really want to get more diversity on E-board. So, yeah, but I’m happy it happened.”

What are you looking forward to in this position?

“I’m kind of just taking communications to a different level. I want to do stuff like Instagram takeovers, and like Tik Tok videos and just make it more fun and make people connect with the E-board.”

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About the Contributors
Allison Shelton
Allison Shelton, Reporter
ashelton@columbiachronicle.com   Allison Shelton is a sophomore journalism major, with a minor in advertising and fashion communications.  She primarily reports on Columbia's Student Government Association but has also written about sustainability, campus events and the college's unions. Shelton joined the Chronicle in August 2023.   Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Lukas Katilius
Lukas Katilius, Photojournalist
lkatilius@columbiachronicle.com   Lukas Katilius is a junior photojournalism major. He has covered various campus and Chicago events. Katilius  joined the Chronicle in July 2023.   Hometown: New Lenox, Illinois
Peyton Reich
Peyton Reich, Photojournalist
preich@columbiachronicle.com   Peyton Reich is a junior photojournalism major, minoring in marketing. Reich has covered the Mexican Independence parade, Columbia's Black Student Union and theatre performances. Reich joined the Chronicle in August 2023.   Hometown: Flossmoor, Illinois