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By Becky Somerville
Student apathy was not the case in the recent Canadian Alliance of Student Associations election, after a sole candidate received unanimous support from across the nation.
Jason Aebig, president of the University of Saskatchewan's Students' Union and CASA national director-elect, will take office in June, replacing Hoops Harrison who resigned from CASA in late February.
Aebig was the only candidate running for the position, thus prompting a yes or no vote from CASA's member schools.
Ryan Marshall, CASA's chief returning officer, said after tallying the votes on Tuesday he found only one of the 17 member schools did not vote, while every other school voted in favour of electing Aebig into office.
"I didn't think it was a foregone conclusion," Aebig said. He added he was pleased with the results and is anticipating immediate preparations for the job.
Aebig said he plans to hear feedback from member schools at June's CASA conference before structuring any definite projects or major changes. "I'm fairly confident in my abilities. My focus and plans for CASA are in line with what member associations are thinking," he said.
One of Aebig's main ideas is to increase CASA's profile both publicly and in the government sphere. "I'm very, very committed to what CASA is all about," he said.
Jeff Feiner, CASA's acting national director who took over when Harrison resigned, said beginning in May he will be working with both Aebig and Harrison in order to ease the transition period.
"I think virtually all of the [CASA] membership is elated by Jason as the national director," Feiner said.
Nick Iozzo, VP-education of Western's University Students' Council, a CASA member, said he has worked with Aebig on CASA's board of directors. "That experience will help."
Bruce McRae, VP-external for the University of Alberta Students' Union, said CASA will benefit both from Aebig's experience and his work ethic.
"I think Jason's enthusiasm and the serious passion he devotes already to CASA are a fine testimony to the work he does as a student leader," McRae said.