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By Sabrina Carinci
University Students' Council members old and new each laughed, cried and at times were left speechless at the events taking place in their annual general meeting on Saturday.
The meeting, the second of two parts, was cause for a number of emotions, as it was not only the last meeting for some councillors, but it was time for next year's USC vice-presidents to be named.
"I'm not blowing sunshine up anyone's ass I want to give something back to this school. That's why I ran for president and now VP-campus issues," said candidate and CHRW promotions director Perry Monaco. He ended up winning the position of VP-campus issues with 54 of a possible 90 votes, defeating social science councillor Neil Kapour and Jewish Students' Union equity commissioner Mark Chernoff.
Monaco said the two main issues on his platform include conducting a year-long campus safety audit as well as making changes to the race relations policy which expired in September.
The position of VP-education was acclaimed to music students' council president Mark Kissel after fellow candidate and present USC VP-education Nick Iozzo withdrew from the election in his outgoing speech to council. Iozzo explained the pay, time and commitment were too excessive to convince him to stay for another year. "Too much is required for too little pay," he said.
In a speech to council, Kissel said he was in shock as a result of Iozzo's announcement. He said he has enjoyed working with council thus far and looks forward to working further with the board.
Student senator and two-time VP-finance candidate Derrick Taub won the USC position with an overwhelming 47 votes over fellow candidate and King's College Student Council VP-finance Paula Downs, who received 17 votes and student senator Inge Thomsen, who received 26 votes.
Taub said he has loved his time with council thus far and sees the USC as a kind of foundation. "I hope you see my running as a testament," he said. Taub explained his love and appreciation of the university keep him dedicated to the USC.
The position of VP-student affairs, which had the greatest number of candidates, was won by Steve Zolis, one of this year's presidential candidates and King's College representative on the USC. "I promise to give the best representation possible," he said.
Zolis won the position while running against Purple Spur president Chris Connelly, orientation staff member Julian Hogeterp, Shinerama commissioner Serina Manek and USC promotional commissioner Allison Norris.