Shull previously served as the treasurer for the College Republicans this past academic year and is also the editor-in-chief and congressional correspondent for the Fordham Political Review, an undergraduate political publication that circulates every semester.
Minerva previously served as the secretary for the College Republicans and is a current university ambassador.
“I intend on increasing the level of communication that takes place among Fordham’s politically-leaning clubs, whether it be my own Fordham Political Review or the College Democrats, in whom I count many close friends, and desire a close working relationship with,” said Shull in his platform. “I look forward to having more debates between the College Republicans and the College Democrats, hosting speaker on campus and continuing our dialogue events with ASILI.”
Kenneth Foulks, GSB ’16, and Sebastian Albrecht, FCRH ’17, were elected to the executive treasurer and secretary positions, respectively. Foulks served as the College Republicans debate chairman this past academic year, and Albrecht is a current senator in the United Student Government for the Class of 2017.
“I greatly look forward to the opportunity to build upon the remarkable success and growth we experienced this year, as evidenced by the strong freshmen participation in the club and the high turnout at our events,” Foulks remarked. “All in all, I have high expectations for this club this year and couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity.”
The College Democrats recently held elections that did not result in a change in position for the executive board members.
Noticeably absent from the College Republican ballot were former president Luke Zaro, FCRH ’16, and former vice president Noelle Brennan, GSB ’16, who both stepped down from their positions preemptively to study abroad next semester.
“It has been an honor to serve the Fordham University College Republicans as president this past year,” Zaro said, reflecting on his presidency. On the newly elected president and vice president, he had “no doubt that the hard work they demonstrated this year will carry over into next year’s continued and growing success.”
Zaro stated that he was particularly proud of the club’s ability to rebuild itself after the Ann Coulter controversy of 2012 since he felt the controversy tested the club’s ability to retain its composure and membership in the face of opposition.
“I think it makes us one of the largest, most ambitious, most prevalent and most successful clubs on campus,” he said. “We have continued to spread the message of conservatism in a thoughtful and articulate way, and I believe we played, and will continue to play, an important role in the political dialogue at Fordham.”
Laura Sanicola is Assistant News Editor at The Fordham Ram.