Two UT Austin students win election after running as a joke

Two students have been elected as president and vice president of the school's Student Government after running as a joke.

The Austin American-Statesman reported that Rohit Mandalapu and Xavier Rotnofsky demanded a Chili's restaurant on campus, a penthouse at the top of the UT Tower and dressing Student Government officials in cellophane to promote transparency.

Every year, a handful of students run to mock the democracy of Student Government, but they usually do not get very many votes. The newly elected officials only received 27 percent of the votes during the general election, but they boosted their platform by using the dating apps Tinder and Grindr to spread their campaign message.

The two students, who write for the school's satirical publication, Texas Travesty, say they have plans to tackle serious issues at their university, despite running as a joke.

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