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Student Body President
Jen Daum cries upon learning that she will be in the runoff for student body president.
Daum, McKinney to Duel in SBP Runoff
Student Body President
Jennifer Daum' Write-ins
2,129 votes, 30.1% Nathan Katzin
Will McKinney* 17Sgotes, 2.5%
1,991 votes, 28.1% Correy Campbell
Brad Overcash 25 votes, 0.4%
Fred j7pes, (j. 01%
Bennett Mason |
362 votes, 5.1%
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Willett Wins Post
Of CAA President
By Large Margin
Kris Willett won the election with
61.4 percent of the vote to become
UNC's first female CAA president.
By Jeff Silver
Candidate Kris Willett captured almost two-thirds
of the vote for Carolina Athletic Association president
Tuesday night, becoming the
first-ever female CAA president.
On a platform that featured
the installation of ajumbotron
television screen at Kenan
Stadium, Willett defeated candi
date Chris Gore with 61.4 per
cent of the vote to his 28.9 per
cent. There were 6,315 total votes
cast for the office.
Willett showed little outward
reaction when the numbers were
released but said she was sur
prised and glad to hear the results.
“It was a shock when I first
heard,” she said. “Now is the
In the last two days of the
campaign season, the candidates
faced not only the challenge of
defeating each other but also of
staving off a last-minute write-in
campaign organized for UNC
football star Julius Peppers.
Peppers’ votes did not end up
being a factor in the race.
Willett said she spent Tuesday
3,897 votes, 61.4%
1,833 votes, 28.9%
619 votes, 9.7%
working to increase voter turnout. She said her campaign
organized a “beach day” in the Pit to boost enthusiasm.
Before the numbers were announced, Gore said he
See CAA, Page 5
We hold the view that the people make the best judgment in the long run.
John F. Kennedy
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By Jordan Bartel, Rachel Clarke
and Addie Sluder
Student body president candidates waited anx
iously Tuesday night in a tension-filled Peabody
Hall for election results as Mardi Gras revelers
donned their beads and downed their drinks
At about 11 p.m., about an hour after voting
ended. Board of Elections Chairwoman Emily
Margolis announced that there will be a runoff elec
tion Tuesday between candidates Jen Daum and
Because neither candidate garnered more than
50 percent of the vote, Daum and McKinney will
have the opportunity to campaign for another week.
Daum received 30.1 percent of the 7,074 votes cast,
while McKinney walked away with 28.1 percent.
Senior Class Race Narrowed to 2 Pairs
By Brook Corwin
and Erin Ganley
Voters eliminated half of the four
candidates for senior
Tuesday night, sending
Rouhanifard and Tinu
Akintola to a runoff
election that will be
held next week.
his running mate,
Robert Albright, led
the field of candidates
with 41.4 percent of
the 1,910 votes cast.
Akintola and her run
ning mate David
second with 21.7 per
cent of the votes, nar
rowly edging Chessa
Huff and Kim
Washington for the
second spot in the
Online Voting Sets Voter Turnout Record for 2nd Year in a Row
From Staff Reports
Turnout for this year’s student elections
reached a record high with 7,421 students cast
ing ballots Tuesday.
The high volume of votes was attributed to
the popularity of the candidates and the
emphasis they placed on voting, Board of
Elections Chairwoman Emily Margolis said.
“We’ve been in touch more with the candi
dates about everything this year and publicized
how to vote better,” Margolis said.
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An elated Daum appeared shocked at the
announcement and immediately began crying.
“Oh my goodness!,” Daum said. “I feel great. I
am so happy. For the first time ever, I’m just
When she heard the results, Daum began climb
ing over the seats in the room, greeting supporters,
hugging campaign staff and shaking the hands of
other candidates. “I am proud of all my supporters
who came out in force today,” Daum said.
During Margolis’ announcement, McKinney lis
tened intently, showing little emotion.
Once the results had been officially read, he
began to thank those gathered around him and
speak with the other candidates.
“Now I’m going back to talk with my support
ers,” McKinney said. “I feel really excited.”
McKinney said he is not worried about over
coming the 138-vote difference separating him
Huff and Washington finished with
21.1 percent of the vote, and Dana
Leventhal and Neal Chandoke fin
ished fourth with 12.9 percent.
Because no candidates received
Senior Class President and
Paymon Rouhanifard/Robert Albright*
Tinu Akintola/David Mclntosh*
Chessa Huff/Kim Washingtori
Dana Leventhal/Neal Chandote
157,3.0% “runoff |
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UNC sets another record
in a 63-73 loss to Virginia.
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Will McKinney applauds the results of Tuesday's student body president election.
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more than 50 percent
of the total votes cast,
Board of Elections
rules stipulate that
the top two sets of
candidates will com
pete in a runoff elec
tion to be held Feb
he did not have any
idea going into the
night that he and
Albright would be
ahead by such a large
margin and said he
was relieved to find
them leading after
the results were
“I had no clue
where we stood and
Even though the turnout only amounted to
30.7 percent of the entire campus population,
election officials and candidates declared the
election a victory for all included.
“Of course I am pleased to see voter turnout
so high," Margolis said. “We all worked very
Margolis said e-mail reminders she sent out,
as well as online voting, which was in its second
year, helped increase the amount of students
Senior class president runoff candidate
from Daum and that he still is confident of his
chance of winning.
Candidate Brad Overcash came in third with
24.5 percent of the vote.
He was followed by Fred Hashagen who received
7.1 percent of the vote and Bennett Mason who came
in fifth with 5.1 percent of votes cast. Write-in can
didate Nathan Katzin received 2.5 percent.
Margolis did not announce the names of candi
dates who received less than 2 percent of the vote,
including write-in candidates Correy Campbell and
Campbell and Trakas were originally slated to be
on the ballot but were forced to run as write-in can
didates after they did not get enough signatures to
qualify to be official candidates.
Overcash said he was glad he ran even though he
didn’t win. “It’s a real disappointment,” he said. “I put
a lot into it, and I thought we had a great campaign."
Robert Albright and Paymon Rouhanifard
celebrate their advance to the runoff election.
Paymon Rouhanifard also said he thought
online voting made a difference.
“Students are beginning to see just how easy
it is to vote online,” he said. “The ball is really
starting to get rolling."
Many of the candidates also waged last
minute campaigning efforts that helped
increase students’ awareness of the election.
“A lot of- candidates have been on South
Campus at 7 a.m. - if you’re a freshman living on
South Campus, you know there’s an election,”
said Brian Fauver, elections board vice chairman.
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Overcash said he was not yet sure who he would
endorse for next week’s runoff. But he said he will
encourage both candidates to incorporate a student
summit, one of his main campaign issues, into their
Hashagen said he will remain involved in stu
dent government in some way, but he is not sure
exaedy in what capacity. He said he will be endors
ing Daum for Tuesday’s runoff.
Hashagen said that even though he did not get
as many votes as he had hoped, he was glad his
platform had brought many issues into the public
eye. “I think I brought attention to at least one
important issue, providing free HTV medicine for
rape and sexual assault victims,” Hashagen said.
Mason described the campaign as “three weeks
of absolute intensity.”
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Tinu Akintola and David Mclntosh react to news
that they will move on to a runoff election.
Former student body president candidate
Brad Overcash said he tried to encourage voter
turnout by reaching out to new voters. “I think a
lot of my 1,700 had never voted before,” he said.
Former student body president candidate
Fred Hashagen said he worked hard to let stu
dents know about online voting and that he
thought that effort had paid off in the large voter
turnout. “I tried to get as many people to vote as
possible,” he said. “But I don’t think anyone
See VOTER TURNOUT, Page 5
excited. I think
we had a great
a lot of voters. ”
Student Body President