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Matthews Tops Smiley, Wins Presidency
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Erica Smiley closely eyes election returns Tuesday night
with her campaign supporters rallied behind her.
SBP-Elect Vows to Begin
His Work Starting Today
By Elizabeth Breyer
The yearly drama of the student
body presidential election finally ended
Tuesday night as Brad Matthews
grabbed the presidency away from
opponent Erica Smiley in a runoff.
The results revealed a decisive victo
ry for Matthews, who garnered 61 per-
cent of the vote.
His 2,051 votes,
and very, very
happy that so
“Now it’s time to
get to work, starling tomorrow.”
As members of both campaigns
flooded Peabody Hall to W'ait eagerly for
the results, both candidates were visibly
Smiley perched on the corner of a
desk, smiling at times and staring
straight ahead at others. Matthews sat
quietly in the front row, surrounded by
cameras and conversing with campaign
Before the results were read,
All of the Congress winners
in on-campus district races
last week were re-elected
again Tuesday night.
By Matthew Smith
A second election for campus
Congress seats resulted in no net
changes from last Wednesday’s results,
allowing winning candidates to breath a
collective sigh of relief.
Heather Yandow claimed District 10
with 72 votes over John Clark’s 60
votes; John Vollmer won District 11
unopposed with .55 votes; Urenna Nena
Lekauwa claimed one seat in District 13
with 50 votes; Kia Scott won District 14
with 65 votes; and Sandra Chapman
won District 15 with 42 votes.
The number of votes for write-in can
didates in District 12, one seat in District
13, District 16 and District 17 were not
Sec CONGRESS RACE, Page 6
To change and to change for the better are two different things.
Elections Board Vice Chairwoman
Marissa Downs announced that there
had been a problem with ballot collec
tion at the Hanes Art Center poll site.
Downs said some voters casting bal
lots in the early hours at that site might
not have been asked to show' the proper
identification, but that the problem was
“We have done our best to evaluate
the effects of the error,” she said. “We
found 57 ballots not in accordance with
the (Student) Code, and we feel that low
number will not undermine the overall
Smiley said she had no plans to
appeal the election on the grounds of
mistakes made by the Elections Board.
As the numbers were finally read and
Matthews’ lead began to mount, a smile
slowly crept across his face.
He credited his success to communi
cation, one of the backbones of his plat
“I think the key for me was making
connections with people, taking time to
contact people you see and relaying
your message throughout the student
body,” Matthews said.
Smiley’s campaign workers sur
rounded her with hugs as the numbers
were read, but Smiley remained calm
throughout, her head tipped to the side
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the separate but equal mandate established in Plessy
v. Ferguson, delivered 58 years before, unconstitu
Despite the landmark case, integration has been
slow. The process has been plagued with issues such
as busing, funding disparities, low minority test scores
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Student Body President-Elect Brad Matthews celebrates his victory with campaign manager Alex Mehfar. Matthews convincingly beat out opponent
Erica Smiley, winning more than 60 percent of the vote. He will be officially inaugurated in April.
as she listened intently.
When the final count was in, both
campaigns cheered for their candidates.
“To think where we’ve come from,
being completely on the political out
side, (the results) are no surprise at all,”
said Michal Osterweil, Smiley’s cam
paign manager. “I’m very happy and
proud, and I think she did awesome.”
Matthews also congratulated Smiley
on a job well done and said Smiley’s
involvement had had a positive effect
on the elections process.
“I extend my compliments to the
Smiley campaign - it made the dialogue
better and will help make student gov
ernment better as a whole,” he said.
Osterweil said Smiley’s work and
ideals would continue despite the per
sonally disappointing results of the race.
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Waving rebel flags, students in Montgomery, Ala., protest the first day of integration at their
school on Sept. 10,1963. For details of the 1954 Brown decision, see Page 8.
and the quality of schools and their employees. The
full potential of the decision is still developing.
Hilary Shelton, federal government affairs divi
sion director for the National Association for the
“It’s really safe to vote for a candidate
who looks like all the ones we ever had,
and it’s scary to think of real changes,”
“But that movement isn’t just about
Erica; it’s about students wanting to fix
and change student government to fit
Matthews said he would incorporate
some of Smiley’s ideas as he formulat
ed his plan for the next year. “I will push
forward with the idea that student gov
ernment must be accessible and will be
out there letting people know what we
do is important," he said. “It will be
hard work, but I am excited to have the
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Advancement of Colored People’s Washington
bureau, said this decision did not necessarily change
See BROWN V. BOARD, Page 8
SBP Elections Final Tally
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