• Sen. Marco Rubio announces bid for 2016 election

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced his presidential candidacy in a conference call to his top donors Monday morning.

    The phone call precedes a political event Monday night at Miami’s Freedom Tower, where he will formally announce his campaign to the rest of the public.

    The Freedom Tower was a processing center for Cuban refugees escaping Fidel Castro’s leadership, and it reflects both his Cuban heritage as well as his immigration work in the U.S. Senate. Rubio helped draft a bipartisan immigration bill in 2013 that diluted his support from the right and the left as both were unsatisfied with the middle-of-the-road legislation.

    Rubio, 43, is the youngest candidate to enter the race. He has previously served as a state representative for his home state Florida as well as speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is also expected the formally enter the race, creating state divide between Bush and Rubio.

    Rubio is the third Republican and the fourth candidate to enter the race. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced March 23, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced last Tuesday. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Sunday.

  • Rotnofsky and Mandalapu make executive board and PSAC selections

    Student Government President Xavier Rotnofsky and Vice President Rohit Mandalapu have selected candidates for executive board and members of the President's Student Advisory Council.

    According to Rotnofsky, he and Mandalapu received 105 applications and conducted over 30 hours of interviews before filling the jobs. The board and PSAC members will be appointed at an SG meeting Tuesday.

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    • Their selections:
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    • Chief of Staff: Taral Patel 
    • Communications Director: Thomas Mylott
    • Internal Finance Director: Nicole Chu
    • External Finance Director: Conner Patrick
    • Administrative Director: Amber Magee
    • PSAC: Zachary Stone and Christle Nwora  

    Patel and Patrick served as University-wide representatives last term, while Magee was the director of the Diversity and Inclusion Agency. Stone also currently serves on the Judicial Court.

    Patel and Magee were both workers on the Braydon Jones-Kimia Dargahi Executive Alliance campaign. Jones and Dargahi lost to Rotnofsky and Mandalapu in a runoff. Patrick was also an agent on the Jones-Dargahi campaign.