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  • a sacred spruce tree Californian Ska-punk septet UBC theatre grad io chopped down / toots its own horns Rachel Caonin gets a job

    PRESIDENT ELECT Ryan Davies and running mate Ryan Marshall are all smiles at the Gallery Tuesday night. SARAH O‘DONNELL PHOTO

    by Ian Gunn

    The Students for Students slate took the AMs presidency and three of the other four executive positions in student elections last week. Just 1 15 votes pushed Ryan Davies past Action Now pres- idential candidate Allison Dunnet.

    The outcome was announced late Tuesday evening‘ after a long day of w a i Q for results many canddates had expected by mid-afternoon.

    Vivian Hoffman was the lone member of the Action Now slate to be elected to office. She will serve as Director of Finance. No independent carididates were elected to executive positions.

    Independents David Borins and Jeff Meyers were elected to the two student-positions on UBC‘s most powerful decision-malunn body, the

    munity, he doesntt have any urgent items on the agenda for his first weeks in office. .

    He also said the new executive isn’t going to try to make their mark by suddenly pulling the plug on initiatives started by Dunnet and other current executives.

    ‘‘I never said they were bad ideas, and it’s not the case that because I’ve won I’m going to stop all her projects. Clearly there’s room for both sides.”

    Davies will have a constant reminder of that other side in Director of Financeelect Vivian Hoffman. But Hoffman will have her work cut out for her; the first-ye& Arts student has little political experience and will have to work hard to find a place on an executive whose other four members are AMs veterans.

    Hoffmari said Wednesday she was anxious Board of GoGernors (BOG).

    - about finding her place. - ,

    The results for most Dositions were very close. Only 10 votes separated Meyers from Action Now candidate Kera McArthur. The knew it was going Director of Finance was decided by 11 1 votes, to be a dose raceD and the top three f ~ s h e r s for Vice-president all came within about 200 votes. and we had to be

    The races for the. other executive seats,were more decisive. Shirin Foroutan WOII by more ready for anything: than 300’ votes in the two-person race for Coordinator of External Affairs, and Jennie Chen

    was reelected as Director of Admmistration with 50 percent of the vote in a four-way race.

    President-elect Davies said he was pre- dictably delighted with the outcome. ”We knew it was going to be a close race, and we had to be ready for anything. But I’m loolung forward to [taking office] now-I‘m getting excited about it.”

    Action Now presidential hopelul Allison Dunnet, however, is having a t.ough time finding good in the election.

    ”I’m not happy with the way the erection was held and the fact that there were numerous e1ec.L tion irregularities,” she told The Ubyssey.

    She deflected criticism that complaints from her slate were Simply sore losing.

    “I’m quite aware that that’s how people can see it, but as far as I’m concerned if the results are checked anybody could stand to benefit. It’s not about who won and who lost-it’s about hold- ing a fair-election.”

    Davies said that apart from meeting admmis- trators and other members of the campus com-

    RYAN DAVlES

    PRESIDENT-ELECT

    “I’m looking forward to a challenging and interesting year,” she said carefully, acknowledg- ing that there would be some extra pressure on her because she was the only executive not part of the one slate.

    “I’m hoping we’ll all be able to cooperate. I don’t see the role of Director of Finance as having a lot of autonomy, so I think I will be forced to go along with their ideas at times, but I’m certainly going to make sure that my views are heard.”

    Turnout was down this year, with fewer than 5500 students voting that is about 30 percent lower than last year, but roughly double typical turnout for AMs elections in the early 90s’.

    Neither of the two student referendum ques- tions received enough votes for results to be valid.

    None of the election results will be official until rahfied by council, which is expected to happen next Wednesday. The new executive w i l l . take over in mid-February. *:e

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    U bv Donovan Kuehn

    Monday, January 13 Day One - Action Now! 7: 10 am. I wake up at this ungodly hour. I am usually not what you call a morning person; for me morning begins at 1 1:00 AM. But today is different. Today is the first day of campaigning for UBC's Alma Mater Society elections.

    By 8:OO am, I meet with the candidates and organisers from the Action Now! slate. There is some nervous chatting from the novice crew, as most of the nominees don't know what to expect. Only Allison Dunnet, who is running for president, has run in an election at UBC before. Most of the others have worked on their speeches for days, but lack confidence early on.

    While Monday is the first day of the cam- paign, we have been preparing for days. It is a time-consuming process, one that involves stamping thousands of posters and handbills with our Action Now logo. In addition, there are two mistakes on Carolyn Granholm's poster, so we have to colour over the mistake with felt pen on four hundred posters. Not the most efficient use of our time.

    At 8:30 am we head out to talk to classes and distribute handbills. I go with Shiraz Dindar to a class in Buchanan and hear my first speech of the campaign. Shiraz is articu- late but a little wooden since he hasn't memo- rised his speech. The class is receptive, which is encouraging. In my mind, it is a good start.

    We wander back to the SUB where Duncan Cavens, Vivian Hoffmann and Carolyn are practicing their speeches. Duncan works from memory while Vivian and Carolyn read from written speeches. As their confidence grows, their speaking improves, although they all seem to be a bit worried. I do my best to listen and reassure, but confidence is still lacking at this early hour.

    The campaign itself is a daunting exercise. Our campaign team consists of seven candi- dates (five for the AMs executive and two for Board of Governors), three organisers (all of whom have served previous1.y on the AMs executive and/or UBC

    behind the scenes posters, while the others return later to rip down the latecomers' notices. Different peo- ple exchange words over shredded paper, but there is no way to effectively police the poster boards. Vigilance is the only means of protection.

    The most painful postering incident is the "poison pen": the ink trails that leave various biting comments about the candidates' lifestyle, sexual orientation or simply profane remarks. This could be the most hurtful aspect of the campaign, seeing what someone, shrouded in anonymity, says about you.

    Speaking continues to go well, with only a few glitches. One prof gives Duncan one minute to speak to a class, and as his time expires he continues speaking as he slowly walks up the steps and out of the classroom. The students seem to enjoy it, but the prof doesn't.

    Day Three