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New ASM Chair and Vice Chair-elects look ahead for more progressive change

Associated Students of Madison Chair-elect junior Adrian Lampron and Vice Chair-elect sophomore Lennox Owino look forward to leading the student government’s 28th session beginning in the fall. 

Lampron served as a Student Council Representative and Owino served as the Nominations Board Chair for the 27th session. Both Lampron and Owino sponsored key pieces of legislation calling for Pass/Fail grading options and additional money for students through the shuttered COVID-19 Student Relief Fund

“My experience as a council member in the 27th session was one filled with lessons,” Owino said. “Getting to work on different legislation with fellow council members is something that I cherish, and I do hope to continue doing the same as a member of the 28th session.”

One of Lampron’s goals for the 28th session is to connect campus voices with ASM leadership. 

“The biggest thing I'll take into the 28th session is the need for collaboration between ASM and organizers representing marginalized groups on campus, such as the BIPOC Coalition,” Lampron said. “The 27th session was able to accomplish so much by following their lead.”

A legislative goal of Lampron’s is to develop a crisis response team. Lampron and Owino worked on ASM legislation from January calling for a revamped law enforcement response on campus related to mental health calls.

“One of my goals for the session is creating a crisis response team on campus that would address mental health-related calls for service instead of the police,” Lampron said. “The city of Madison is piloting such a program this summer using the CAHOOTS model, and I'm excited to see how that goes and how we can translate it to campus to make sure all students feel safe.”

With a history of collaboration on previous ASM legislation, Owino is excited to work with Lampron in their new leadership roles. 

“Having served together with Adrian Lampron as council members in the 27th session, I look forward to working with them again in leading this session through amazing campaigns and projects,” Owino said.

ASM Chair from the 27th session Matthew Mitnick collaborated with Lampron and Owino on the student council and is excited for their leadership.

“Adrian Lampron and Lennox Owino are inspiring leaders who have students' best interests at heart,” Mitnick said. “They have already got to work on the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund, demonstrating their already steadfast commitment to providing as much aid as possible.”

Mitnick partnered with both Lampron and Owino on the efforts pushing for the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund.

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“Both Adrian and Lennox were heavily involved in the work of the 27th Session and partnered with me on almost every project I was part of,” said Mitnick. “They will both carry the advocacy we started this session into the coming weeks and months ahead!”

Lampron is excited for the work ahead during their and Owino’s term, which will span from April 24, 2021 to April 23, 2022.

“As we move into the summer and fall, I can't wait to see the innovative and powerful legislation that Student Council Representatives will bring forward,” Lampron said. “There is so much work to do in the coming year and we definitely have the team to do it.”

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Gina Musso

Gina Musso is a Senior Staff Writer at The Daily Cardinal. She previously served as College News Editor and Features Editor, focusing coverage around student government, campus COVID updates and in-depth reporting. Follow her on Twitter @gina__musso.

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