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Huntington wins SCC runoff

Megan Doyle | Friday, March 4, 2011

After the results were delayed for more than 24 hours due to campaign violations, the officers for next year’s Senior Class Council were named late Thursday night.

Anne Huntington will serve as senior class president. Her council will include Mike Oliver, Brittni Alexander and Tyler Harmsen.

Huntington’s ticket won 472, or 57.42 percent, of the votes, while the opposing ticket won 350 (42.58 percent) of the votes.

The Judicial Council reported 822 total votes, and 50 voters abstained from choosing a particular ballot.

Huntington and her ticket defeated Parker King, Ben German, Alicia Elliott and Brinya Bjork to win the election.

Huntington said she was excited for the ticket to assume their positions.

“In our campaigning, we really came together as a team and saw who worked where best,” she said. “We have a really good idea of what we want to do and how we want to do it.”

“We want to do some small events to get our class ready to move off campus,” she said.

She said these events might include a presentation from a South Bend law enforcement officer about local rules that might affect students.

The ticket said they plan to host events to bring their class together during their last year at Notre Dame.

Huntington said they would host a networking barbeque at the beginning of the fall semester and a senior tailgate, as well as smaller events at local restaurants.

While the results of sophomore and junior class council elections were released Wednesday evening, the results of the senior class council election were held until Thursday due to an alleged violated of campaign rules.

An allegation was made against King and his running mates German, Elliott and Bjork. The ticket sent a campaign e-mail using a dorm listserv, according to a Judicial Council press release. The student body constitution forbids the use of listservs in campaigning.

The Election Committee decided Wednesday night to invalidate eight votes, or roughly ten percent of the rising seniors living in the hall in question, that were cast for King’s ticket. The ticket appealed the sanction, and the Election Committee met late Thursday evening to review the appeal.

Vice president of elections Michael Thomas said the Election Committee reviewed the appeal and decided to change the sanction.

“They must apologize to the other ticket in the runoff election for the violation of section 17.1(e) of the Student Union constitution prior to the results being announced,” Thomas said. “The ticket must also attend a Knott Hall government meeting at which they must apologize for the misuse of the Knott Hall e-mail list.”

King said he felt the winning ticket would be a successful in their term.

“It is unfortunate that there were so many complications,” King said. “But Anne is going to do a great job next year.”