Team CAS takes MCRC election

'A lot of thought and effort’ put into the campaign, president-elect says as CAS takes 60.94 per cent of the vote

For Robyn Courtney, Jake Axelrod and Edward Schiavon, the many hours devoted to campaigning paid off Wednesday night when they were elected next year’s MCRC executive.

“I sacrificed a lot of sleep for this, but it’s totally worth it,” Courtney said. “I’m ecstatic right now. We put so much into this campaign. We’re so glad it paid off.”

Team CAS received 649 of the 1,065 votes, or 60.94 per cent. Forty-nine ballots were spoiled.

Axelrod said he was just savouring the victory.

“It’s pretty amazing,” he said. “I thought about this all year and put a lot of thought and effort into the campaign, so it’s a great moment.”

Schiavon, a senior discipline facilitator this year, said he was nervous in the lead-up to the election.

“At the start, I was very confident,” he said. “As it went on, I was more nervous, thinking, ‘Uh-oh, it could be close.’ At the end, I regained my confidence.”

Schiavon said his main priority as vice-president (discipline) will be to restore a three-step punishment process, meaning students will pay fewer fees.

“I want to get back the system we had last year with written reprimand bond fine,” he said. “This year, on their second offence, they’re paying right away.”

Axelrod said one of his main goals for the vice-president (residence life) position is to increase first-year students’ awareness of MCRC’s programs and activities.

“I want to get them more involved with MCRC because MCRC is funded by student dollars and they should have a say in how we spend their money,” he said.

Courtney said as president she plans to lobby the administration to avoid overcrowding and increase the amount of common rooms in residences.

“One thing we want to change is the overcrowding in residence,” she said. “With the increase in doubles and triples and especially economy doubles, a lot of students are finding themselves without common space inside residence.”

Tina Yan, Duncan Peterson and Lucia Ter Stege weren’t together when the results were announced.

Neither Peterson nor Yan were available for comment. Yan has now lost two consecutive MCRC elections.

“We’re kind of upset,” Ter Stege said. “I thought we ran a really good campaign. We did so many class talks and put up posters at midnight of the day we were allowed. It was hard, but fun.”

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