Guest blogger David Earl here saying good evening from the Marvin Center's Grand Ballroom. Candidates and their minions are waiting eagerly for election results. We're live here with WRGW, joined by News Director Mallory Thompson, Sports Director Frank Dale, Hatchet Editor David Ceasar, and currently joined by Brand Kroeger, current SA EVP.
A few notes:
- Team Aswani is sitting front and (right) center, about three rows deep. Vishal Aswani is in fact sporting purple hair to match his shirts. It looks, well, interesting.
- Elliot Bell-Krasner (EBK) is marching around the room. We don't know what he's really saying. It comes out as random noises
- The JEC, under the direction of Tim Miller, is currently huddled up. They're doing their pep talk. They seem pumped.
More on the way! SAing.
Brand Kroeger, when asked what candidates he supported, he rattled off the fraternity brothers of his that he supports, and chose not to endorse a Presidential or EVP Candidate. He did say, though that there were Presidential candidates who "did things negatively" and candidates who "did things positively."
Calls to mind the problems that he had with OG Oyiborhoro this year, with the accusations of racism, and Kevin Kozlowski, who has established himself as the candidate to continue the legacy of Brand Kroeger and Nicole Capp. See if we can't get more out of him for the remainder of the night.
People are milling about, doing a whole lot of tnothing while the Joint Elections Comittee also seems to be wandering themselves. A humorous little tidbit: Tarek al-Hariri was caught depositing $1 in the JEC "Swear Jar," we're all excited.
Took a walk over to see how the JEC was doing, and was promptly told to turn around, there was work going on. Must admit, its difficult to decipher what that work is.
It doesn't show many signs that these election results will come remarkably quickly. While the JEC did have the benefit of almost exclusively online voting this year, the JEC members have said little to nothing. Apparently there was only one paper ballot, but there is the pesky need to count write-in votes. OG Oyiborho is expected to have a substantial number of write-in votes.
Interesting point, there has been no sign of OG. He has not yet joined us here in the Grand Ballroom Ballroom.
Just as we brought it up, OG has joined us in the Grand Ballroom. He has come in quietly, and is only joined by a handful of friends. There are no OG t-shirts a la Vishal and Kevin, and no crowd surrounding like Tarek has enjoyed a good portion of the evening.
JEC Members are drifting right now, hard to see what's really going on.
Brand Kroeger has been with us here live, and, when we mentioned that Lamar Thorpe had walked into the room, Brand insinuated that the crowd was likely talking about accusations of sexual harassment. Yikes.
Wandering around the room, we found Presidential candidate Kevin Kozlowski sitting in a chair in the hallway outside of the continental ballroom, draped in his jacket. It looks like the campaign has taken a toll on him. He's currently sick as a dog. Stuffed up and exhausted, I joked with him that he looked like FDR in his final months.
Campaigning has left candidates weary. Vishal hasn't moved from his seat in nearly two hours, and seems pretty dazed. OG, often a very animated guy who knows how to work a room, is literally silently huddled with his supporters near the back of the room, with a group that includes former President Thorpe. Tarek seems to be in good spirits, but is certainly not bouncing around the room.
The JEC does not seem to be close to announcing just yet, and students are getting anxious. Steve Glatter, current President Nicole Capp's Chief of Staff, said that they are currently counting write-in votes, and had the opportunity to shed a little light on the OG write-in campaign. It seems that students had to have made an attempt to write the last name of "Oyiborhoro," and would be given the benefit of the doubt. "OG," "O G," etc. would NOT be counted. We'll see what that means. OG had been asking supporters to simply copy and paste his name into the ballot. Time will tell if that works for him.
JEC Chairman Ben Balter announces we're "10-15 minutes" from knowing the results.
An anonymous JEC member has just told me that Vishal won "at least 75%" of the law school vote, typically a HUGE voting block here on campus. This could mean major, major things for this election. We'll have to see if a run-off is necessary.
Hannah Byam, General Manager of WRGW, here and it looks like the JEC just voted to accept the results - we're standing by to see what that means for our wait here tonight.
The candidates and their campaigns have more clearly defined their "territory" within the Grand Ballroom. Kozlowski and team are subdued, as their candidate is feeling very under the weather and that seems to have quieted them all. The purple of Vishal's camp adds an interesting visual energy; equally enjoying themselves are the Boyer (for EVP) camp. Each campaign clearly has its own personality
Also around the room, JEC Chair Ben Balter has been walking around working the room, but Tim Miller just called him back behind the line. Getting closer to news, perhaps??
With three exaggerated winks, JEC Chair Ben Balter tells us about "five minutes, about five minutes."
Tim Miller, joining us on-air, shares that the JEC must vote on questions of the "intent of the voter" - this is particularly important in this contest, as it sounds like "OG" and clear attempts at spelling his name are being counted as votes for Oyiborhoro.
The crowd just reminded Tim Miller & the JEC that the 10 - 15 minutes announced nearly 45 minutes ago had clearly passed. This is not news to Miller or the JEC ... it would be interesting to know what the hold-up is, and if perhaps it is a result of the OG question.
Also, a football game has broken out in the Ballroom. Thank goodness we have Frank Dale, our sports director up here to give a play-by-play.
Dave again - Jay Kaplan and Brand Kroeger have just been called forward, it looks like we could be nearing our final moments of the campaign. I'm not going to lie, I'm tired, and would love to get out of here.
Final Moments? We here at WRGW don't lie, or get things wrong, we just have different definitions of the word "final moments." Yet, finally, the time has come.
The RESULTS: 4390 voting (5 more than OG has friends on facebook)
Michelle Tanney (36%)
4-Way Tie. Will update when we get all the names.
8-Way Tie. Will update soon.
and two others we didn't catch in the applause
(update: Ernesto Apreza & Louis Laverone)
Two-way tie: Josh Hartman & Adrienne Williams
Elissa Davis (63%)
Tiffany Meehan (54%)
SA President Run-Off Candidates:
Vishal Aswani (37.2%)
Kevin Kozlowski (30.3%)
We'll post in full very soon. Update: Official certified results can be found here.
It looks like Vishal and Kevin, the two candidates for a run-off, are going to be a part of a moderately close race. Vishal was only 2.8% from winning the election outright, but Kevin only trailed by 7% in the general election.
The run-off should be interesting. Expect OG Oyiborhoro to throw support to the Aswani campaign, as it is evident that he believes Kozlowski was directly responsible for his being kicked off the ballot in the first place.
Nearly a third of the campus is up for grabs, and it should be an interesting election on March 11 and 12. Generally, turnout for the run-off is significantly lower, but this election should shape up to very interesting...
Thanks everyone. We'll polish up this results as soon as we can, and we're happy to be out by midnight. Check out www.gwradio.com to hear our interviews with Vishal and Kyle live!