Eric Hopfenbeck ’14 and Santiago Rodriguez ’14 to Lead ASUPS

March 15, 2013

The new student government team will take up their roles April 16

TACOMA, Wash. – Eric Hopfenbeck ’14 and Santiago Rodriguez ’14 have been elected as the next president and vice president of the Associated Students of the University of Puget Sound (ASUPS). The campus student body chose Hopfenbeck and Rodriguez in a rare split ticket vote that saw student voters choose the presidential candidate from one duo of candidates and the vice president from the other. There were nearly 1,100 votes cast.

“Santiago and I are good friends and we’ve worked together in the past at ASUPS, so I feel confident we’ll be an effective  team,” said Hopfenbeck. “We aim to try to push forward on goals that were in both of our platforms over the next year.”

“I’m looking forward to working with Eric and appreciate the support that the student body has shown us,” said Rodriguez. “Our separate experiences on campus and in the senate will be a great base to work from as we pursue our ideas.”

Eric Hopfenbeck is a junior from Lakewood, Colo., majoring in economics. He served a term as an ASUPS senator prior to departing for Freiburg, Germany, on a study abroad trip last semester. Now back on campus, Hopfenbeck has resumed his activities as a member of Puget Sound’s men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, a coordinator for the Campus Visit Program, and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He also enjoys raspberries and playing basketball.

Santiago Rodriguez, also a junior, hails from Bogotá, Colombia. He is a double major in the Business Leadership Program and in Foreign Languages (French) and International Affairs. Rodriguez’s involvement at Puget Sound has spanned a wide variety of activities. A member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Rodriguez has served as a three-term ASUPS senator and as chair of the ASUPS Senate.

During the election, Hopfenbeck ran on a ticket with vice presidential candidate Krista Haapanen ’14 on a platform of collaboration, community, and creativity, including proposals to strive to have frequent campus events now that there is a two-year residency requirement for new students and to try to create a more unified campus by working closely with other student groups. Rodriguez ran on a ticket with presidential candidate Scott Miller ’14. The team emphasized efficiency, sustainability, security, and spirit, with goals including electing a sustainability director and installing security cameras at hot spots near bike racks.

Hopfenbeck and Rodriguez will participate in a month-long training period before beginning their 12-month term on April 16, 2013. The student body also elected Ian Latimer ’16, Vivien Jones ’16, Marc Fagaragan ’15, Alissa Hartnig ’16, and Kirstin Howley ’14 to the ASUPS Senate.

Photos on page: Above left: Eric Hopfenbeck; Above right: Santiago Rodriguez.

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