ASI winners look to the future
April 26, 2010 4:55 PM
After nearly 3,000 votes and one month, The Dream Team appears to have come out on top of the Associated Students, Inc. elections, held late last month.
"The turnout for the executive ballot was 10.84 percent, far more than we've had for several years," Frankie Griffen, the ASI elections commissioner, said. "I can't say for sure what made the difference, but both campaigns certainly expended a lot of money and manpower trying to win."
Newly elected ASI President Cynthia Ashton gathered 1,608 votes. She will be replacing Natalie Franklin who was president for two years.
Many of the campaign winners, including all of the executive officers, come from Ashton's slate, The Dream Team.
"They're all very hard-working, dedicated students who know and understand their positions very well," she said. "That's why they won, because people saw that they knew their positions well."
The new board of directors will be making changes next school year, according to Ashton. They plan to change the process that determines how funding is distributed among the student organizations and ASI events. The group also plans to host more events and activities while changing how each member represents ASI in the student community.
"The new board is really for the student voice, and hopefully they're not going to change throughout the semester and stay true to their word," Ashton said. "I believe that more than half (of the board) will be doing more than they will be getting paid for, which makes me very excited."
Flora Nguyen, the future vice president of university affairs and slate leader of The Dream Team, said that both her slate and the opposing --We the People-- worked hard to get votes from students.
"(We) also let people know that it doesn't matter who they vote for as long as they're exercising their right to vote," Nguyen said. "(It) is important because they pay $42 a semester for ASI fees, and the board of directors are in charge of this so they should know who they want to vote for because these are the people handling their money."
Aside from being The Dream Team members, some of the students taking the reigns in the executive office have also served on the ASI board of directors during the 2009-2010 school year.
Nguyen, who won her position with 1,710 votes, used to be the junior representative for ASI.
Travis Northup, who was the sophomore representative will be ASI's new vice president of external affairs with 1,503 votes.
Previous behavioral and social science representative Emily Switzer will be serving as the vice president of finance, snatching 2,014 votes.
Meanwhile a fresh face, Andrew Gutierrez, won the spot for the vice president of internal affairs with the most votes out of all the candidates, 2,058.
The inauguration ceremony and oath-taking of the new ASI members will be held on May 3 at Jack Adams Hall at 5:30 p.m.
Their first board meeting will be on May 5 at Rosa Parks at 2 p.m.
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