Scott wins EngSoc president

Chief Returning Officer refuses to divulge election numbers

Jeff Diodati, EngSoc VP (society affairs), left, congratulates EngSoc President-elect Charlie Scott at Clark Hall Pub last night.
Jeff Diodati, EngSoc VP (society affairs), left, congratulates EngSoc President-elect Charlie Scott at Clark Hall Pub last night.

Shortly after midnight last night at Clark Hall Pub, engineering students of all years and disciplines raised their glasses to their new EngSoc president, Charlie Scott. Scott, Sci ’07, said he wasn’t surprised by the outcome of the vote.

“I wouldn’t be running for EngSoc if I didn’t think I would win.”

Although his experience running as a vice-presidential candidate in last year’s EngSoc election helped prepare him for this campaign,he said, he’ll still need to hit the ground running.

“There’s a lot to learn in presidency.” Chief Returning Officer Maia McCarron said 35 per cent of engineering students voted. She refused to release the percentage of the vote won by each candidate. “The CRO and the CEO determined that the numbers were far enough apart that a recount wasn’t necessary,” she said.

Bob Cockburn, Sci ’08 and one of two runners-up, said despite the loss, he wouldn’t have changed anything about his campaign. He said there was a considerable amount of overlap between his platform and Scott’s. “Charlie and I had a lot of the same ideas so I expect him to follow through on those ideas.”

The other runner-up, Devon Stopps, Sci ’07, said he was satisfied with the voter turnout.

Outgoing EngSoc president Connor Langford modified a quote used by his predecessor, Christopher Zabaneh, during last year’s EngSoc election. “Zab was quoted as saying, ‘fan-fucking-tastic,’ so I’m going to say ‘out-fucking-standing.’ ” With the introduction of the position of vice-president (operations) as well as a new dean of engineering to be appointed before the end of the school year, Langford said Scott will have new challenges to face. “It’s a very new society to take over.”

Next year’s vice-presidents will be Jordan Black, VP (society affairs), Maggie Brace, VP (student development), Adam Zabrodski, VP (academic) and Robert Macnamara, VP (operations). Macnamara, Sci ’09, said he wants to emphasize teamwork and creativity in the new VP position, and target student apathy. “I would like to inspire people to get involved … by making services a lot more fun to work for and to lead and to be a part of the creative process.”

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