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Farewell, former president: Ficke flies into office

January 23rd, 2014

The Student Union inauguration ceremony took place on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. in the LSC Conference Room, ushering in junior Tim Ficke as the new Student Union president.

The evening began with the farewell address of previous SU president senior Kim Rossi.

“The Student Union vision: to promote positive progress and change, ensuring a just and united campus community,” said Rossi. “In the pursuance of this vision one year ago, I promised that there would be a voice in every conversation, a hand in every process, at the heart of everything that we do and every promise and decision we make, will be one overarching philosophy: the fact that we will not settle for anything less than the best interest of the students. We want to leave a long-lasting impact on this University. It was this idea that fueled my commitment to this organization, and I am proud to say that all of Student Union has defined this commitment with me.”

Ficke took the oath of the president-elect and gave his inaugural address. A business management major from Cincinnati, Ficke has been involved in SU for three years, first as a senator and then as executive vice president. He is a campus tour guide, member of Beta Theta Pi and assistant to the director of the Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship.

“As I look around this room, I am humbled,” said Ficke. “I am humbled by all the amazing support from all of you in attendance today. I’m humbled to say that I’m a part of John Carroll’s Student Union and I’m humbled to stand up here with the trust you placed in me as your 92nd student body president. I am humbled, I am excited and I am ready.”

Along with students, faculty, friends and family of the inductees, University Heights mayor Susan Infeld was in attendance.

After a dinner for all in attendance, the administration of the oath to all executive board members occurred. Class senators were inducted as well.

The evening ended with the 2013 “Of the Year Awards,” presented by junior Steven Henderson, the 2013 vice president for student organizations. The Student Academic Organization Award went to the Paranormal Activity Club. The Cultural Award went to the African American Alliance. The Greek Life Awards went to fraternity Beta Theta Pi and sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. The Environmental Issues Group won the Service and Issues award.

Recipients of the Outstanding Student Leaders Awards were junior Eugene Claridge III, senior Jessica Delgado, junior Michael Gong, senior Lauren McPherson and senior Aly Monteleone. Junior Chris Razek received the Class Senator Award. The final award of the evening, the Outstanding Advisor Award, went to Carrie Buchanan.