19 Officials to Take ASGCC Office

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El Vaquero Staff Writer

Roughly 1,300 GCC students voted in the 2004 Associated Students spring elections Tuesday and Wednesday. “This is the second highest turnout we’ve had,” said elections commissioner and ASGCC President Henan Joof.

“I’m enthusiastic about working with people who are going to bring fresh ideals,” said Joof, 21, an economics and political science major.

Looking forward to working with the newcomers, Vice President of Finance Andre Manukyan, 20, a political science major said, “They [the new elected vice presidents and senators] are new people who I can see grow throughout the semester and teach my knowledge to.”

It’s his first semester on campus for newly elected Vice President of Organizations Aaron Keshisian, 18, a political science major. Having been here for only three months, Keshishian said, “Getting the support of the students means a lot to me.”

One of the ideas that he hopes to see put into effect next semester is producing newsletters or booklets containing information about clubs.
“I look forward to working with the Inter-Organizational Council and being as successful as the current vice president, Arin Dersarkissian,” said Keshisian, who will be chairing the IOC meetings.

To some, elections are one of the most important events on campus. Voter Connie Sce, 20, a computer science major said, “These guys run the school and it’s important to have people who actually care about the job and not just the title.”

Reggie Scott, 22, a biology major, said, “I voted because I think that it actually makes a difference to vote.”

However, Ian Marks, 44, an English literature major, did not vote because he felt like he wasn’t familiar enough with any of the candidates and their plans. “I didn’t vote because none of the candidates really made a compelling argument about their policies and I feel that the election process has become a popularity contest,” said Marks.

Petitions to be on the ballots opened on Nov. 4. The students who wanted to run for a position on the AS and who had at least 100 signatures became one of the 36 candidates on the ballot. On Nov. 10, posters and signs began appearing around campus. The candidates had only eight days to promote themselves through passing around flyers and giving classroom speeches.

“I think the elections are carried out so quickly that the candidates don’t really have enough time to differentiate themselves,” said Marks. He said that students should include more information about their positions and plans on their campaign literature. “Maybe sometimes they can have debates showing their differences.”

Joof said that’s something that the next elections committee can look into. “It’s a good idea,” he said. “Why not?”

He also said, “If anyone who didn’t get the chance to run for office and would still like to be involved in AS, keep your eye out for signs announcing representatives at large interviews.”

Spring 2004 Election Results






Position Name of Candidate Ballot Number Number of Votes
* Denotes winner in
category

Vice
President of Administration 

Ani Panossian 1 655

Vice
President of Campus Activities 

Nicholas Anson 2 113
Efren Adrian Gutierrez 3 257
Arbie Martirosyan 4 188
Selin Nazarian 5 297

Vice
President of Campus Relations 

Tzoler Oukayan 6 462
Vice President of Campus Organizations Aaron Keshishian 7 468
Jesse Melgares 8 409
Vagarshak Ovakyan 9 98

Senators of
Administration


(three positions)

John Bowlby 10 269
Tia Shannon Coffin 11 208
Paula Ghermezian 12 339
Elizabeth Khodzabashyan 13 389
Armen Erik Yesayan 14 313

Senators of
Finance


(three
positions)

Anita Baghaee 15 371
Megan Bristol 16 253
(petition withdrawn) 17
Sylva Ghazarian 18 323
Sevak Hakopyan 19 310
Sirvard Silvie Nshanyan 20 208

Senators of Campus
Activities

(three positions)

Sarah Bumstead 21 153
Hirono Enami  22 295
Tanya Issaians 23 189
Omar Limon  24 266
Anashe Nicoghosian 25 224
MeMe Tran 26 273
Tomoko Tsuchiya 27 211

Senators
of Campus Relations

(three
positions)

Abeer Jaradeh 28 352
Kristine Jegalian 29 320
Nareg Kaprielian  30 281
Ana Maria Mendoza 31 292
Diana Sarkisyan 32 333

Senators of Campus
Organizations

(three
positions)

Armineh Dereghishian 33 388
Adelina Isagulyan 34 403
Faria Munmun 
35 292
Narine Tadevosyan 36 400
Total Ballots Cast: 1,365