CLEMSON — Killian McDonald of Columbia was elected Clemson University Undergraduate Student Government president and Jaren Stewart of San Diego, California, was elected vice president.

Killian McDonald

Killian McDonald

McDonald is a political science and women’s leadership double major. Her campus involvements include being a Writing Fellow in the Writing Center, an Honors College ambassador, an Honors College mentor, public relations coordinator for Gamma Sigma Sigma and a scholar in the National Scholars Program.

Stewart is a justice studies major who works as a resident assistant on campus. He is also a member of Clemson’s rugby team. Stewart considers his roles as a son and an older brother to be his most important roles in life. He strives to help his younger siblings develop into strong, responsible adults.

The pair ran on a platform that includes ideas for improving student ticketing services for Clemson home games. McDonald and Stewart also plan to propose a better system for student parking. They will advocate for expanded dining hall hours, improved Redfern health services and more campus diversity.

Jaren Stewart

Jaren Stewart

Stewart said that their platform is based around the idea of eliminating “the culture of silence. College campuses are for discourse, dialogue and diversity of thought and experience. We need students to speak up about depression, race, faith, gender identity, immigration and topics that matter to this country, campus and to them.”

Both Stewart and McDonald agree that encouraging open discourse at Clemson is a goal of their administration.

“This was such an exhilarating campaign season and I am so proud of everything our campaign team accomplished. This was as much their campaign as it was mine and Jaren’s,” said McDonald. “We are excited to look forward to our future here at Clemson and everything we hope to accomplish. We want to make sure Clemson is a university that everyone can see themselves reflected in and that student government amplifies the voices of our students.”

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