by Kai Newell, correspondent
Recently, Moody students voted for their next student body leaders. After ballots were counted, Sara Nimori, junior communications major, and Wyatt English, freshman communications major, were named student president and vice president.
Last semester, Nimori said she felt God calling her to some sort of leadership position.
“I was taking a nap one day,” she said, “when my neighbor woke me up and told me I would make a great candidate for student body president.”
Through much prayer and deliberation, Nimori concluded that this was what God wanted her to do.
“I got tired of complaining about things I assumed I couldn’t change,” she said, adding that running for student body president was a form of repentance for cynicism in her early years at Moody. She said repentance for cynicism is twofold: first one must come before God and ask for forgiveness and then do something to change what was being complained about.
English’s reason for running stemmed from a desire to serve the greater Moody community.
“When Sara asked me to be her running mate, I immediately said yes, not only because I saw this as a way to serve the student body, but also because Sara is a friend of mine,” he said.
Students were more aware of this election than usual, due to increased campaign activity compared to previous years. Nimori and English started meeting near the end of December to begin assembling campaign staff, many of whom, according to Nimori, became even closer friends than they had been before.
“We wanted to make sure our campaign wasn’t annoying,” she explained. “We tried to be meaningful and intentional with all our campaign activity. We wanted people to know who we were, not for the sake of fame, but so we could better help. I wanted Wyatt and I to be running for the right reasons.”
The highlight of the election for Nimori and English was the excitement surrounding the campaign and the meaningful dialogue with the electorate. English was particularly encouraged by the conversations he had with people who want things changed.
Still, they both said they had trials in regards to the election and that running a campaign is stressful.
“Rumors sadden me,” Nimori said. “We tried to run a unifying campaign, but sometimes the dialogue is out of our control.”
Nimori and English will begin the transition process this semester by attending critical meetings with people in higher administration as well as familiarizing themselves with the operating policies of SGA.
The Student Government Association (SGA) plays a vital role in the relationship between the student body and the administration. The new president and vice president will act as the liaison between the student body and high-level administration to make sure the concerns of the student body are heard and their needs are addressed. Nimori said her vision for the future includes increasing the trust and vulnerability with student groups and peers.