On Apr 29, 2006, at 11:56 PM, Chris Boulton wrote:
AMHERST, MA, April 29 – In a stunning turn of events, Brett Ingram cast the deciding vote in the GSS elections yesterday. Mr. Ingram’s ballot, marked with his signature uppercase ‘X,’ pushed the GEO-endorsed slate of candidates over the top of a hotly contested election. Turn-out was high. But in spite of 600 voters (up 250 from the previous year) coming to the polls, in the end, it all came down to Brett. Elections observer George Liu was there. Marveling at Mr. Ingram’s insouciance in the face of such a historic moment, Liu concluded “Never before have I witnessed such exquisite suffering on behalf of suffrage. But one thing is certain: that old curmudgeon carried the day with his vigorous exercise of the franchise.” One minor annoyance for Brett; one giant leap for the Graduate Student Senate.
Oh alright. Then there’s the official announcement (much less entertaining, but what can one do in the face of bureaucracy?):
On Apr 30, 2006, at 12:24 AM, Liu, Zixu wrote:
As your representative in the graduate student senate, I want to inform you of the results of the elections of GSS officers for thenext academic year.
After two and half hours of counting on Friday after the closing of ballot table, the GEO endorsed stale (Jeff-labor studies, Flavia-anthropology, Hasan-economics, and Sai-African American studies) won the election with a margin of 100 or more votes in every one of the four contested position. Also, the intense campaign on both sides brought 604 (including four provisional votes) graduate students to the balloting table, which set a record in GSS history.
I also want to thank all those who went down to campus center and cast your precious votes. Please keep the spirit of participation, which will be more than necessary for the newly elected leadership to fulfill their campaign promises.
That being said, enjoy the gorgeous day and have a very nice weekend.
Congrats to all the candidates!