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Lana Gesinsky elected DSG president, Devan Desai to be EVP

<p>Duke Student Government presidential candidate Lana Gesinsky, a junior from New York, N.Y.</p>

Duke Student Government presidential candidate Lana Gesinsky, a junior from New York, N.Y.

Junior Lana Gesinsky will be next year’s Duke Student Government president and junior Devan Desai will be DSG executive vice president.

A total of 3,000 undergraduate students submitted ballots with at least one question answered in the election, which was open from noon Thursday to noon Friday, wrote DSG Attorney General Nellie Sun, a junior, in a Friday afternoon email to The Chronicle.

There were two rounds of vote counting due to the use of the ranked-choice voting system. In the final round of vote counting, Gesinsky received 1,420 votes—50.4% of the votes—while Flanagan received 49.5% of the votes, with 1,395 votes. Sixty five votes were exhausted. Of the 3,000 who submitted ballots, 2,880 students voted in the presidential election.

Desai ran uncontested for the position of EVP. A total of 2,568 students voted in this election. Desai received 2,155 votes, and 375 students voted "No Confidence" after the second round of vote counting. Thirty eight votes were exhausted.

In the Divestments referendum, a total of 2,757 students voted, exceeding the 15% participation mark needed for the referendum. Of these students, 2,456 students voted "Yes" and 203 voted "No."

In the DSG Constitutional Amendments referendum, 2,239 students voted "Yes" and 301 voted "No." With more than the necessary 25% of the student body taking part in the vote, the referendum passed.

Gesinsky is currently DSG’s vice president for campus life. Her platform of three pillars focused on community, clarity and communication. She hopes to forge stronger connections between the student body and DSG representatives and make DSG more accessible to the community.

Desai is currently DSG’s president pro tempore. His main goals as EVP will be to enhance on- and off-campus community connections and ensure that students are being involved in conversations about evolving campus issues, such as the shift to QuadEx.


Leah Boyd | Editor-in-Chief

Leah Boyd is a Pratt junior and editor-in-chief of The Chronicle's 117th volume.

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