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September 15, 2005
Contact: Luke Thompson, elections commission chair, 864-3710;

KU freshmen elect 5 senators

LAWRENCE -- Five University of Kansas freshmen have been elected by their classmates to serve as freshmen Student Senate members for 2005-2006. They join about 80 student leaders representing each university's schools, campus living groups and various organizations.

Newly elected senators, in order of votes received, are Adam Hurly, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Jonathan Shafer, Lenexa; Katie Wiley, Leawood; Bill Walberg, El Dorado Hills, Calif.; and Katie Young, Derby.

This year, 31 students campaigned for the five freshman senator positions, the highest number of candidates since Student Senate began holding fall semester elections three years ago for senators to represent the incoming freshman class. All other Student Senate elections are held in mid-April of each spring semester. Luke Thompson, Lawrence junior and Elections Commission chair, said 653 ballots were cast for a total of 2,488 votes in the Sept. 6 and 7 elections.

Freshman senators, their hometowns, majors, parents and high schools are:

From Leawood and Lenexa
Katie Wiley, freshman in pre-medicine, daughter of Paula Wiley, Leawood, and Shannon Wiley, Lenexa, and granddaughter of Betty MacNaughton of Leawood; Shawnee Mission East High School.

From Lenexa
Jonathan Shafer, freshman in political science, son of Randall and Susan Shafer; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.

From Derby
Katie Young, freshman in pre-business administration, daughter of Christopher and Pamela Young; Derby High School.


From El Dorado Hills
Bill Walberg, freshman in pre-journalism, son of Scott and Mary Walberg; Saint Francis High School, Mountain View, Calif.

Sioux Falls
Adam Hurly, freshman in theatre and film, son of Joe and Lori Hurly; Lincoln High School.


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