Team CYS wins MCRC

‘Transition was a big issue this year’

Amid a tumultuous election week and problematic online voting, Team CYS has confirmed its leadership of the Main Campus Residents’ Council (MCRC).

Team CYS awaited election results in the self-dubbed “presidential suite,” the residence room of presidential candidate and current president Robyn Courtney, despite losing incoming vice-president (residence affairs) David Yoon, ArtSci ’12, to an economics study session. Courtney and incoming vice-president (discipline) Edward Schiavon passed the time with a heated game of Mario Party 8. When the election results came in shortly before 9 p.m., your intrepid reporter had encountered a stroke of bad luck and been sent back to the beginning.

Paolo Uy, MCRC chief electoral officer and ArtSci ’10, delivered the good news to CYS. Uy said the new online voting system created some problems for MCRC.

“In my opinion … we have a lot of logistics to be ironed out, as with any new system,” Uy said, adding that some resident staff members, mostly dons and Residence Life staff, were unable to vote as members of MCRC.

Courtney, ArtSci ’10, said one of her top priorities for this year will be to continue MCRC’s laptop security program. The program provides residents with plates that, if removed from a laptop, will permanently inscribe ‘stolen property’ on the case. The cost to residents is $5 per plate.

“We’re thinking that it’s mostly going to be a theft deterrent.”

Courtney said she’s anticipating a smoother transition this year.

“Transition was a big issue this year–not a single member of the executive was properly transitioned,” she said. “We can really build on the foundation we’ve built this year.”

Schiavon, ArtSci ’10, said his goal for the coming year is to overhaul discipline procedures.

“We’re really starting to move forward in revamping the way the discipline process works.”

Schiavon said one idea he wants to realize is to apply a $25 bond to residents found guilty of Level One offences, which payable only if another Level One Offence is committed.

“We find that it’s not really taken too seriously.”

Schiavon said his proposal will be presented to the Senate Residence Committee on Feb. 17, to be followed by a vote in April.

82.4 per cent of voters supported Team CYS, while 17.6 per cent were opposed. Voter turnout was 37.41 per cent.

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