Newly elected Otago University Students' Association
president Ruby Sycamore-Smith (21) poses with outgoing
president Francisco Hernandez (22) after election results
were announced yesterday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
The newly elected Otago University Students' Association
president has promised to fight for student issues in the
lead-up to next year's general election.
Ruby Sycamore-Smith (21) won a reasonably comfortable victory
over second-placed Zac Gawn. The voter turnout of 5193, or
just over a quarter of students, was hailed as the best in a
Ms Sycamore-Smith, a marketing and communications student,
said she was ''stoked'' to be elected president for next
She promised to fight hard before next year's general
election on student issues, including tuition fee increases,
student allowances and making sure students were ''supported
She would also consult students over whether they wanted OUSA
and the university to be involved in running a pub.
Current president Francisco Hernandez did not run for a
''This election has seen the highest number of votes cast in
a generation, with 25% of the student members voting,'' Mr
Ryan Edgar, the brother of former president Logan Edgar, was
elected administrative vice-president.
OUSA executive election results.- President: Ruby
Sycamore-Smith with 49.86% of the vote; administrative
vice-president: Ryan Edgar, 47.55%; finance officer: Nick
Tenci, 86.61%; education officer: Jordan Taylor, 51.82%,
welfare officer: Nali Lee, 37.32%; postgraduate officer: Kurt
Purdon, 82.49%; international students' officer: Kamil
Saifuddin, 86.32%; campaigns officer: Hamish Barker, 43.20%;
recreation officer: Henri Faulkner, 45.89%; colleges officer:
Brydie Ockwell, 84.64%.