Good‘ turnout elects senators

By Matt Gilbert

The results are in. And despite a little rainy weather, this year’s turnout for the Student Association Senate elections was “pretty good” compared to past years.

What follows is a district by district final vote tally for the elections. These are the new senators for the 1993-94 school year:

‘District 1 (John Street)

Carri Tippet, 147

Andy Kucharski, 116

Harry W. Kontos, 105

Richard D. Cliffe, 69

Peter Adrian, 69

David Marquez, 35

‘District 2 (Greek Row)

David “Wolfie” Lugardo, 214

Jessie E. Medina, 198

Belicia Davis, 149

Mark Battaglia, 139

Hope Towns, 139

Kelly Dworniczek, 119

Emily Jerkins, 100

Desiree D. Melton, 99

‘District 3 (West Apartments)

Lupe Navarro, 230

Tracy Randle, 207

Marc Spacone, 116

Stacy A. Strohacker, 106

James A. Caccia, 59

‘District 4 (Towers)

Richard Baker, 242

Angie Cerrato, 225

Sara Newcomer, 102

Predrag Banovich, 99

Michael Leong, 84

Ryan S. Eggert, 76

James La Mear, 64

Aaron A. Adams, 54

‘District 5 (Central)

Curry Kimble, 167

Boris Kogan, 132

John Carlin, 126

Shane Schafer, 122

Jill Pullappally, 100

Bob Sklodowski, 79

‘Write-in winners

Alice Hallam, 41

Randy Luckner, 29

Paul Knox, 26

Steve Pryor, 23

Judy Casey, 23

Phil Knight, 19

Brian Black, 14

Students cast a total of 886 ballots, or 4 percent of the student population in this year’s elections. On Tuesday, 375 ballots were cast while Wednesday saw 511 ballots.

SA Election Commissioner Laura Niesman said she suspects the rainy weather on Tuesday contributed to a lower than expected turnout that day, but characterized the turnout as “pretty good.”

Unfortunately, there were also some who will never have the opportunity to work with SA President Abe Andrzejewski this year. Seventy-five people, including Northern Star reporter Grant Miller (1 vote), former SA President Paul Middleton (4 votes) and former Star columnist Phil Dalton (6 votes) received too few write-in votes to join the senate.

Last year, the election needed to be repeated when more than 3.5 percent of the ballots were invalid. Because there were only three invalid ballots cast, a repeat of this year’s election was unnecessary.

Niesman said her prevention tactic this year was to read the instructions to her poll workers. “It never should have happened in the first place last year,” she said.

Niesman compared this year’s senate elections with last spring’s executive board elections. “With the senate elections there’s a lot less people that come out to vote. I think part of that’s due to the fact that the senate candidates don’t have to get out the vote, so to speak,” she said.

“They can just keep it within a close group of friends and say, ‘Hey, can you vote for me?’ and they can pretty much get in. There’s a great responsibility for the executive board candidates. They really have to get out the vote to get in.”

Although NIU student Cindy Paul, a College Square Apartment dweller, considered voting, since one of her friends ran, she said she understood why voter turnout is always low. “There’s really no reason to vote. You don’t know who the candidates are. You don’t really know unless they’ve got a past record, and even from that, I mean I’m sorry, but I think they’re all crooks.”

Another student, a senior economics major and AKO fraternity member, said he was going to vote. “It’s our school. What they do directly affects us.”

But Dave Bielinski, a commuter student, said he wasn’t going to vote because he wasn’t even aware the elections were being held. “I have to maintain a fine tradition of seven years of not voting,” he said. “If I look at the ballot right now I might as well go, ‘eenie meenie minie moe.'”