Volume 93, Issue 75
Friday, February 11, 2000
Close but no USC cigar
©Chad Thompson and Michael Longstaff/Gazette
CLOSE, YET SO FAR. Above Ray Novak discussed the results with attendees, while Dave Brebner and Mitch Chiba shared a moment.
Candidates who came up with the short end of the stick in last night's University Students' Council presidential election accepted their defeat with a grain of salt.
"If I didn't win, I wanted [Dave] Braun to win," said Dave Brebner, first-year honours business administration student, who said he now planned on running for the position of USC VP-finance.
Jeff Brown, a third-year English student, said he also felt happy for Braun in his victory. Although he decided against running for a VP position, he was satisfied with his effort. "Anything you really want to do takes hard work. Nothing can fall right into your lap. If you want something bad, you need to plan ahead and be dedicated."
Fourth-year honours kinesiology student Mitch Chiba said he was satisfied with the results of the election. "The results are great. I respect Dave Braun and I think he will do an excellent job," he said.
Chiba said he was unsure of whether or not he would run for a VP spot. "I'm going to have to sit down for a week and think about a number of things."
Third-year political science student Fraser Connell was unavailable for comment.
Neil Kapoor, a fourth-year Administrative and Commercial Studies student, said he had some regrets about his campaign, but he looked at the experience as a valuable one. "I wish I'd have run a different style campaign, but I think this was a learning experience and hindsight is 20/20."
He added he learned a great deal about the mechanics of the USC elections from the experience. He added he was unsure of his USC future. "I'm going to sit down and talk to our newly elected president and see if I can be a valuable member to the group."
Fourth-year political science student Ray Novak said he was disappointed with the final result, but had no regrets about his campaign. "It's hard to beat the establishment," he said after his second place finish. Novak added he hoped a number of the issues which were debated during the campaign would be looked into by the incoming president. He said he would not run for a VP position.
Like Novak, second-year biology student Luke Petrykowski, said he was disappointed with the results. "I think it showed that students want to continue with what's been going on for years," he said, adding he had no interest in running for a VP position.
He said if given the chance to run again, he would tone down his approach. "I'd try to be a little less passionate," he said.
Taylor Pressey, a fourth-year political science student, said he was content to have been a part of the democratic process on campus. "I'm not going to kid myself, I was very happy to be able to participate," he said.
Although he finished last out of the 10 candidates, he said the final tally sat fine with him. "That's the way the cookie crumbles," he said.
"I'm disappointed by tonight," said Jeff Sutton, a fourth-year ACS student. Sutton said he spent $1,100 on his campaign which would have been reimbursed if he had won 10 per cent of the student vote.
Sutton said he wanted to commend Braun and Novak for also running admirable campaigns. "Dave's a great guy. If Dave Braun wants me on his team, then I'd be more than happy to run for another position."
Gazette Elections Team
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