Volume 96, Issue 89
Wednesday, March 19, 2003

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Mustangs corralled in CASA elections

By Chris Webden
Gazette Staff

Though a couple of Mustangs seemed in prime position to lead the pack, both fell short in the race to become next year's national director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations.

In a vote held during CASA's annual Internal Review conference, which took place last week at the University of Manitoba, James Kusie, the vice-president of the University of Manitoba Students' Union, won the position of national director in the second round of voting, explained Erin Stevenson, CASA's communications officer.

With his win, Kusie edged out two Western contenders, Erin McCloskey, a former VP-education of the University Students' Council and current co-ordinator of the Women's Issues Network, and Josh Morgan, the USC's current VP-education.

Though she was surprised with the results, McCloskey said she was impressed with how well the elections were run and the professionalism with which CASA's Board of Directors interviewed the candidates.

"[These elections] prove how highly political [CASA] is," McCloskey said, noting she felt a lot of the voting members did not agree with her views on CASA's policies.

"I think a lot of people in the room respected me, but didn't want to work with me," McCloskey added.

Morgan said he was satisfied with CASA's decision, and expects that Kusie will do an excellent job as national director. When asked whether he and McCloskey being from the same university may have hurt both of their chances of winning, Morgan admitted it may have played a factor.

Kusie said he will ensure that post-secondary education is a major topic of discussion in the upcoming provincial and federal elections in his new capacity as national director.

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