Pilchen wins SA presidency

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April 2, 2007

1:45 AM

p. Sunday night, three days after the election took place, sophomores Zach Pilchen and Valerie Hopkins were declared Student Assembly President and Vice President, winning 57 percent of the vote. A human error during the processing of the initial results caused them to be deleted, and several technology-savvy alumni had been working since to restore the data.

p. “We have [365] days ahead of us to get all our stuff done for students and those are going to be the most important days,” Pilchen said during a victory celebration for all candidates at the College Delly. “Brad [Potter] called me and he was very, very gracious, and I can’t stress enough what a fantastic job the two of them did over the last 10 days.”

p. The candidates gathered at the Delly, laughing and enjoying themselves in a delayed celebration on the patio outside.

p. “This is all an April Fools’ joke — that’s my biggest fear,” Hopkins said. “I’m absolutely elated, although having this spread out over five days has been quite a trip. I know Zach and I have been having emotions ranging from ebullience to devastation to paranoia and back.”

p. What may be the closest elections in Student Assembly history — between juniors Matt Brown and Shariff Tanious for vice president for advocacy — was decided by one vote in Brown’s favor but has not been officially certified because a vote for Tanious that wasn’t counted was submitted by e-mail instead of through SIN. The SA Review Board will likely decide whether the vote should be counted, which could result in a revote for that position.

p. Elections Commissioner senior James Evans, who caused the delay through the press of a wrong button Thursday night, said he is unsure whether the election will be contested due to his mishap.

p. “I have the utmost faith in these results,” he said. “It’s funny now, but that does not mean that for the past three days I haven’t been agonizing over myself deleting those results.”

p. The winners of other positions are listed below:

p. Class of 2008
President: Nick Faulkner
Vice President for Advocacy: NO CERTIFIED WINNER
Vice President for Social Affairs: Patrick Donaldson
Secretary: Ashley Pinney
Treasurer: Laura Rogers
Senator: Matt Skibiak
Senator: Devan Barber
Senator: Joe Luppino-Esposito
Senator: Tiseme Zegeye

p. Class of 2009
President: Kevin Dua
Vice President for Advocacy: Kristin Slawter
Vice President for Social Affairs: Kristen Seay
Secretary: Dianne Brewster
Treasurer: Ashley Wheelock
Senator: Matt Beato
Senator: Walter McClean
Senator: Caroline Mullis
Senator: Sean Sheppard

p. Class of 2010
President: Ali Snell
Vice President for Advocacy: Roxanne Lepore
Vice President for Social Affairs: Alyssa Wallace
Secretary: Laura Nelson
Treasurer: Andrew Noll
Senator: Sarah Rojas
Senator: Ryan Eickel
Senator: Orlando Watson
Senator: Ray Ciabattoni

p. Referenda
Judicial Reform I: YES
Judicial Reform II: NO
Laundry Service: YES
Women in SA: NO
Drugs and Safety: ALCOHOL
Campus Police: YES

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