2005 Class Elections Finish After Re-Ballot
Alejandro Removed Following ComplaintsBy Jing-Helen Tang
After re-running paper balloting, the Class of 2005 has elected Daniel F. Kanamori ’05 president and Rohit Gupta ’05 treasurer.
All other offices were decided on Thursday, but the Undergraduate Association Judicial Review Board voted to invalidate Thursday’s paper votes for President and Treasurer. Paper voting was re-run on Friday.
According to the official count, the number of students who voted via paper ballots was down 13.5 percent, from 148 on Thursday to 128 on Friday.
Alejandro removed from ballot
After Thursday’s paper balloting took place, complaints were filed against several candidates, including Jesse R. Alejandro ’05, candidate for treasurer, Dexter W. Ang ’05, candidate for president, and Kanamori.
Several candidates reported seeing people campaigning near the ballot box in Lobby 10 on Thursday, including Alejandro. Thursday night, JudBoard voted to invalidate the paper votes and run another ballot on Friday, with Alejandro’s name removed.
Candidates were explicitly told to avoid campaigning in Lobby 10, Gupta said. “I saw Jesse hanging around, but I didn’t find it offensive.” Gupta said that Alejandro’s removal was “unfortunate.”
“I thought [Alejandro’s removal] was absurd,” Kanamori said. Alejandro reportedly pasted a campaign poster to his shirt while in Lobby 10, which Kanamori said “may be excessive, but by no means enough to take his name off.”
Alejandro was upset by the decision. He said that he was doing his best to campaign after starting the election process late.
Candidates question JudBoard
Several candidates expressed concern over the election process itself, specifically the rulings made by JudBoard.
“The election process needs to be looked at and be improved in the future,” said Craig J. Rothman ’05, a former candidate for vice president. Rothman called for a more “concrete” JudBoard review system.
“JudBoard has a very, very tough job,” Kanamori said. “They wanted to hurt the least people. I think it’s better to conduct the voting all over.”
Leah S. Schmelzer ’02, the Chair of JudBoard, declined to comment on the specifics of the ruling. A formal statement will be released later this week.
Kanamori calls for school spirit
As freshman class president, Kanamori looks forward to activities promoting school spirit. He said that MIT students are very dedicated to their own activities, but not enough people go watch arts and sports events on campus.
He said that after seeing ten people attending a play and one person watching a soccer game, he realized that “one thing the school’s not showing is school spirit.”
“I’m thinking about a class formal to bring everyone together,” Kanamori said.