Temple’s student government elections wrapped up Friday with a narrow win by IgniteTU. After 2 days of voting and weeks of campaigning across campus, Ignite pulled ahead with 56% percent of the student vote, competing against opponent, VoiceTU.
Led by president Gadi Zimmerman, IgniteTU stands on a platform of “enhancing” the lives of students, and has set their sights on expanding Temple resources. This includes the expansion of TUPD range to ensure safer travel for students, as well as setting a goal for a cleaner, more sustainable campus, claiming that they will “accelerate Temple’s plan to be carbon neutral by 2050.”
IgniteTU also aims to make Temple Student Government more accessible to organizations and students. The current TSG policy is to hold regular general assembly meetings for students to express concerns. IgniteTU argues, however, that these formal proceedings create a barrier between the student and their representatives, as many organizations and students are often unable to attend all meetings, and thus miss valuable input.
IgniteTU has promised to make this process of government interaction more accessible, by replacing lengthy assembly meetings with email’s and news letters. Ignite will also repurpose time allocated for meetings with “optional TSG Town Halls with various guest speakers and presenters which will cater to the needs and requests of the students.”
Temple’s current student government, ActivateTU, congratulated IgniteTU via their twitter shortly after the election, stating their hopes for an easy transition. IgniteTU will be formally sworn in this week’s coming assembly meeting, Monday at 4:00 in the student center, room 200C