Thursday, February 27, 2003
Vol. 28, Issue 19
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New leaders emerge following SGA race
SnuJem Government Associaiion
eleciions came lo an end Tuesday
niglu as officei'S for the 2003-2004
school year were announced.
Mali: Gustafson, with 55 percent
of the vote, will serve as executive
president. Chris Morse was elect
ed to the executive vice president
position and incumbents Brian
O’Shea and Kristi Durham will
remain as executive treasurer and
executive secretary, respectively.
Elections Monday and Tuesday
drew in 1,007 voters, 141 less than
last year’s total of 1,148.
*i think voter turnout could
have been better," said Christian
Wiggins, current SGA president.
“But the students that did come
out to vote have spoken.”
Gustafson said he was elated to
find out he won the election.
After the results were announced.
he made it a priority to call his
mom and deliver the good news.
“I’ve been looking forward to
this day since freshman year,”
said Gustafson, a rising senior. “I
made it a personal goal of mine to
earn the executive president posi
Gustafson said he came into
the election unsure of what to
expect. Now that the results are
in, he is relieved and excited.
“This is a wonderful feeling,”
he said. My nerves and hard-
woik have paid off. It’s an enor
mous weight off my shoulders."
The student body, under
Gustafson's leadership, will see a
variety of priorities set out for the
upcoming year. Most importantly,
Gustafson said, is promoting out
reach to tlx; student body and pro
moting positive relationships
between students ajxl SGA officers.
See SGA p. 10
adds new affiliates
Elon’s dual-degree engineer
ing program has recently added
two first-rate engineering schools
to its ll.st of aftHiaies, Washington
University and Columbia
“These are two excellent engi
neering schools, ones we’ll feel
proud to l)c associated with," said
Rich D’Amato, associate profes
sor of engineering. F.lon’s dual
degree engineering program also
has affiliates with North Carolina
Slate University, Virginia Tech
and North Carolina A&T
University, giving students a total
of five transfer options.
Students in the program come
to Elon for three years and leave
with a bachelor’s degree in sci
ence or mathematics, having com
pleted two years toward a bache
lor’s degree in engineering. They
then transfer to an engineering
school to complete their degree in
"llie first few years are very
formative years,” D’Amato said.
“A student has to accumulate
foundational tools, which can be
very challenging. A small Institu
tion can give students the help
Tlie process of choosing affili
ate schools can take months or
See Engineering p. 10
Lindsay Porter / Photographer
New SGA executive officers were reamed Tuesday following eleciions. From left to right: Brian
O Shea, executive treasurer; Chris Morse, executive vice president; Kristi Durham, executive sec
retary; and Marii Gustafson, executive president. The election drew 1,007 student voters.
Elon said to be well prepared for local,
national crises with emergency plan
With cuiTcnt world tension and
the United States’ elevated high
alert status, attention has recently
been cast upon Elon’s prepaied-
ness and ability to respond in case
of emergency. Elon, like many
other schools, has had an emer
gency plan in place for many
years. The plan offers guidelines
for assessing and acting during
emergency situations of varying
magnitudes, from very local situ
ations to domestic terrorism.
Ken Mullen, a.ssistant vice
president of business and finance,
worked closely on Elon’s emer
gency plan. He said Elon is well
prepared to deal with situations
large or small.
“We’re as ready as we can be,”
Mullen said. “We’re always try
ing to meet current needs.”
The emergency plan is not
new. Administrators have been
following it for years to diagnose
and act on situations ranging from
weather storms to power outages.
Mullen said the plan is most com
monly used to assess impending
weather-related situations and
determine appropriate actions.
The emergency plan has differ
ent levels of severity. Mullen
classified a level one emergency
as something isolated to one area
of campus, such as an electrical
problem in a single residential
Level two of the emergency
plan encompasses events affect
ing an area of campus and requir
ing such things as evacuation
plans and moving people. Mullen
See Emergency p. 10
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