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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Students who want to run for Student Government now have the option to run under the Students Party, a new minority party that looks to challenge the Unite Party's majority rule.

Carly Wilson, director of communications for the Students Party, announced the formation of the party in a news release Thursday.

Students who wish to run for a Senate position under either party must attend qualifying, which runs today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 284 of the Reitz Union.

Wilson said Students Party members will focus on ending corruption and determining positions based on group affiliation, which she said the Unite Party practices.

"They are really out only to benefit themselves," she said.

Wilson said another Students Party goal is to withdraw some of the privileges given to higher-level SG officers.

Unite Party spokeswoman Christina Bonarrigo said such privileges come from outside revenue and dismissed the idea that Unite Party members do not pay attention to students' concerns.

"We were elected by the students, and therefore we represent the students and their needs," Bonarrigo said.

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