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Singh Elected as GSC President, Treasurer Position Still Unfilled

By Kathy Dobson

STAFF REPORTER

The Graduate Student Council held elections for its 2004-2005 officials on Wednesday. Barun Singh G was elected president, Hector H. Hernandez G vice president, and Lucy Wong G treasurer. The election for treasurer was postponed until either a special session or the next general council meeting, to be held on May 5.

The candidates were elected by current officers, representatives from the academic departments and programs, representatives from the dormitories, off-campus representatives, the chairs of the GSC committees, the ASA President, and some members at large.

Candidates reopen floor

At the beginning of the GSC meeting, the positions for president, vice president, and secretary were officially uncontested, although all three candidates withdrew their nominations to allow more people to run.

The candidates for president were Singh, Jose Pacheco G, and LaRuth C. McAfee G, the current GSC Treasurer. Although Singh was the only candidate to submit a statement by the official deadline on Monday evening, Pacheco and McAfee had expressed interest before the meeting, and distributed statements during the meeting, said Michael R. Folkert G, the current GSC vice president.

There were no new nominations for vice president or secretary at the meeting, and both candidates were approved by the council.

The election for treasurer was postponed for several reasons, said Folkert. Virgilio M. Villacorta G, the only candidate to submit a statement for the position by the Monday deadline, was out of town and not able to attend the meeting. In addition, between the election of the secretary and the treasurer, several voters had to leave, making the number of voters dip below quorum.

By the official rules of the GSC, more than half of the council members are required to be present for the vote in order for it to be approved.

In addition, Bhuwan Singh G, publicly expressed interest in becoming a candidate for treasurer at the meeting, said Folkert. However, he has not yet submitted a statement.

Folkert said that he is pushing for a special session for choosing a new treasurer. “I want to give the treasurer as much time as possible to get started,” he said.

Elected officers excited to begin

Hernandez, who was not informed of his nomination until Monday evening, said that he is honored and excited about starting his role as the GSC vice president. “To have someone nominate me is such an honor,” Hernandez said. “I want to do the best job possible.”

Singh said he is also eager to get started. “I’m looking forward to working with the executive committee, the representatives, the student body, and the administration,” he said, “I think there’s a lot we can get done in the next year.”

The current officers will work with the newly elected officers to facilitate the transition. The elected officers will begin their terms at the next general council meeting, on May 5.