Volume 95, Issue 79

Thursday, February 21, 2002
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Operation: Presidency - Sinal wins

Tears and middle fingers from 'also-rans'


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Tears and middle fingers from 'also-rans'

By Gazette Staff

"I'm a loser baby, so why don't ya kill me," popular musician Beck once sang.

While they might not agree with Beck, some candidates were a little disappointed after the results of last night's University Students' Council presidential election.

"I said going into this, that if I got 200 votes, I got the message out to enough people – and I got almost 300 votes," said Melissa Groendyk, a third-year science student. "I knew Sinal was going to win – he had an amazing campaign team and one woman couldn't do it alone."

Groendyk said she ran as an inspiration to other women. If there is not a woman in next year's presidential election, Groendyk said she would run again.

Mike Liebrock, a third-year political science student who finished second to president-elect Chris Sinal with 828 votes, said he had no idea the presidential race would be so close.

When asked about his future in student politics at Western, Liebrock did not eliminate the possibility of further USC involvement. "I certainly would [run again]," he said. "We have a great campus. I want to do what I can to make it a better place. That's initially why I ran."

Liebrock said he felt a stronger presence at university residences would have benefited his campaign. "I concentrated on them – [but] I should have done more work," he said.

Marc Raymond, a fifth-year media, information and technoculture student, responded to questioning with the middle finger.

"I figured we would be closer to the top – we had a good campaign," said Kevin Shipley, a third-year mechanical engineering student. "It was the closest election ever – 350 votes separating the top four. It was anyone's guess," he said.

Shipley said Western has not seen the last of him. "Western will see more of Kevin Shipley before my time is done."

Dan Tolhurst, a first-year honours business administration student, said if he could do it all over again, he would have talked to more classes and pushed Saugeen-Maitland Hall voters harder. "We all ran a fun campaign – it never got dirty," he added.

Third-year political science student Kyle Winston said he was happy with his campaign he ran.

"I had a fun time and can hold my head up high knowing I did the best job I could," Winston said.

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