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Hidalgo, Nesmith Win 2004 Class Council Seats

By Justin G. Wong

The senior class elected Maria E. Hidalgo as its new president in a special election last week, filling the spot vacated last May when Alvin M. Lin resigned after the class council learned he had plagiarized his campaign platform.

“Our first order of business is to take care of the career fair,” Hidalgo said. “We only have a week and a half to do it, so we have to get everyone on the council up to speed.”

The freshman class elected Elizabeth R. Ricker as its president, and dormitory residents elected a new slate of Undergraduate Association senators.

“Get ready for a really fun and promising year,” Ricker said. A drop box for suggestions from freshmen, a classwide study break, the resolution of freshmen scheduling conflicts, a semi-formal dance, and the extension of hours at the Lobdell Food Court will be among her goals as class president, she said.

The UA Election Commission, which ran the elections on behalf of the class councils, did not make vote tallies immediately available.

Turnout down from March

Turnout in the class of 2004 election was down 19 percent from the regular class council election in March, from 519 students to 417 students, or about 40 percent of the class.

Nnennia L. Ejebe ’04 said she voted because “career fair is important and study breaks are nice.”

Jeff S. Cohen ’06 of Random Hall said he was “not particularly certain” of what the UA does, but voted in the UA Senate election because he knew a candidate.

Joshua S. Levinger ’07 said he did not vote in the election because he was “given no background or reason to care. You have no idea what these people stand for.”

Ricker wins 2007 presidency

Ricker, the freshman class president, said she and and her vice president Elizabeth S. Rosenblatt are extremely excited to have won the election.

“I almost felt like I was getting into college again,” Rosenblatt said.

Ricker and Rosenblatt attribute their victory to a strong network of 70 friends they established in the Freshman Leadership Program.

Hidalgo beat five other candidates for the class of 2004 presidency. Because of the tight competition, winning “was a real surprise,” she said.

Nesmith to serve in absentia

Ken Nesmith, who was elected vice president of the senior class, will serve for the fall semester while attending the University of Oxford in England as a visiting student.

“All the big stuff happens second semester anyway,” he said. Major senior events like the senior ball occur in the second semester, Nesmith said. The career fair will occur in the fall.

To keep in touch with the rest of the council and class, Nesmith will use “teleconferencing and e-mail. It’s been done before,” he said.

Ken Nesmith ’04 is a member of the opinion staff of The Tech.