Volume 93, Issue 34

Friday, October 29, 1999


11 senaotrs stand tall after election

Incumbent tops BOG votes again

Western told, it takes money to get money

The stadium's last hurrah

Up the down staircases of UWO

Ownership of research a cause for debate in UCC


Caught on campus

Incumbent tops BOG votes again

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

The Board of Governors undergraduate student representative elections wrapped up Wednesday at midnight with the incumbent Joel Adams securing victory once more.

Adams, a fifth-year computer science and business administration student, said he is thrilled to be re-elected. "Considering [online voting] is new, I was extremely happy with the turnout," he said, adding much more work had to be put into managing this year's election. A total of 1,452 students, or six per cent, voted online over the two day period, with 440 naming Adams as their choice.

"A lot of the turnout stems from the enthusiasm that all of campus felt from the strength of the candidates," Adams said. He added he hoped all of the candidates continue to play a role in the university. "They help hold us accountable and I hope to hear their feedback in the next months."

Associate university secretary Lorel Cline said she agreed things ran fairly smoothly.

She explained the process of online voting is an evolving one. "We will need to make some adjustments," she said. One of the glitches which plagued this year's election was students not knowing their personal identification numbers, she added.

University Students' Council VP-education, Mark Kissel, said he was disappointed he did not win the election, but was confident Adams would continue to do a great job.

Overall, Kissel said he thought the election went well. "Online voting – it's a great innovation. I'm really happy it went through because [the vote] went smoothly and flawlessly."

Kissel added the elections committee was dedicated to supporting the election and rectifying any voting problems before the next election.

Third-year political science student and candidate, Dave Braun, said while the voter turnout was good, it would be wrong to blindly accept the quality of votes. "I don't think our only judgement should be the numbers, but how we got the numbers."

Although the elections are still only a day old, USC chief returning officer Michael Gelfand said he has received positive voter feedback. "Nothing major went wrong," he said. "We're looking to promote the presidentials in a very far reaching and effective way – we've already started."

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