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Merry Gebretsadik and Christian Dykson headshot
Pictured from left, third-year political science student Merry Gebrestsadik and second-year political science student Christian Dykson are photographed at the Oval on the afternoon of Feb. 27. Gebretsadkik and Dykson are one of four campaigns running in the 2021 ASCSU president and vice president election. Dykson is running for president with Gebretsadik as his running mate. (Cat Blouch | The Collegian)

Christian Dykson and Merry Gebretsadik were selected as the president and vice president of Associated Students of Colorado State University for the 2021-2022 school year, with Kyle Hill elected as the speaker of the senate. 

This year’s election saw a turnout that amounted to roughly 13.73% of the student body, which is a decrease from the 15.33% turnout seen in the previous September 2020 election. In total, 4,039 students turned out to vote in this year’s elections. 

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A further breakdown of election results provided by ASCSU Elections Manager Morgan May had Dykson-Gebretsadik with 1,706 student votes, followed by Cinque Mason and Lydia Zuklic at 1,459. Coming in third was Lys Taddei and Weston Schroder with 419 votes followed by John Williamson and David Pringle at 362 votes. 

“I think, more than anything, it’s just humbling,” Dykson said. “You know, it’s a huge responsibility, and it’s something that we are willing to take on. … We’re excited to be a part of this.” 

Dykson hopes to get started with his proposed improvements to the ASCSU website in order to improve transparency of spending within the student government and beginning the process of improving the school’s mental health resources. 

“We want every person on this campus to feel like they’re seen and valued in our story,” Dykson said. 

Gebretsadik described feeling “over the moon” after the duo’s win. 

“It’s one thing to work hard and build a vision towards something, and it’s another thing to make that a reality,” Gebretsadik said. “Once it becomes a reality, it’s just a different feeling.” 

Gebretsadik also indicated an intent to get to work on improving the mental health of students, combating food insecurity and working to improve engagement on campus. 

Throughout their campaign, Dykson and Gebretsadik emphasized their intent to improve transparency within ASCSU and continue the fight to abolish U+2. 

“We will hold true to our core values of radical inclusion, stewardship and transparency,” Gebretsadik said. “The work starts now.” 

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Kyle Hill was elected speaker of the senate, running on a campaign with a focus on unity. 

“I am so excited to get to work,” Hill said. “I believe that every student here has a voice … and I am proud and privileged to continue to work for the student body and be an advocate for that voice.” 

Hill intends to put students first and hold administration accountable to ensure that students’ needs are met. He also hopes to guide the student body back to “normalcy” in a “safe, effective manner.” 

New senators were also elected for various colleges: 

  • College of Engineering: Ryan Pyfrom
  • College of Liberal Arts: Ava McCall, Samantha May, Anna Imbriaco, Bailey Shepherd, Evan Welch, Isaac Neivert
  • College of Natural Sciences: Willa Sauer
  • College of Veterinary Medicine: Alex Silverhart
  • Warner College of Natural Resources: Mena Sherer, Haydyn Deason
  • College of Business: Brandon Baum

May will announce the elected senators for the College of Agricultural Sciences Friday, April 2, due to technical difficulties on April 1. 

The Intra-University, graduate school and College of Health and Human Sciences did not have any candidates running for senate seats in this election.

Natalie Weiland can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @natgweiland

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Natalie Weiland, News Director
Natalie Weiland is a sophomore political science student with a minor in legal studies and a fierce love of the Oxford comma. Weiland grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and served as an editor for her high school’s yearbook during her senior year. She credits the absolute chaos of the 2016 presidential election for introducing her to — and getting her hooked on — the world of politics and journalism. Her journey with The Collegian started in the fall of her freshman year when she began writing for the news desk.  In her spare time, Weiland enjoys reading and attempting to not have a heart attack every time The New York Times sends a breaking news update to her phone. She has two incredibly adorable dogs (that she will gladly show pictures of if asked) and three less-adorable siblings.  As news director, Weiland's main goal is to ensure that students trust The Collegian to cover stories that are important to and affect them, and she hopes that students are never afraid to reach out and start a conversation. Weiland is excited to see what The Collegian has in store this year and hopes to explore the campus community through reporting. 

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