A residential win

Team GAP wins MCRC elections with 388 votes

Team GAP beat team MFC with a margain of 28 votes.
Team GAP beat team MFC with a margain of 28 votes.

The Main Campus Residence Council (MCRC) president-elect George Huang said he was elated last Thursday, when he found out his team won their bid for MCRC executives for the 2011-2012 term.

Huang MSc ’13, said the competition between the two teams had been very close. Huang and the rest of team GAP faced scrutiny from the opposing team last week when they were brought in front of the AMS Judicial Committee for alleged misrepresentation of the residence non-academic discipline system.

Nonetheless, residents voted on Feb. 1, 2 and 3, and Team GAP won the elections with 388 votes while team MFC had 360 votes.

Huang said that his team found out last Thursday night when Paolo Uy, chief electoral officer for MCRC told them personally that they had won.

“We were in Leggett at the time; it was around 9:30. He told us that we were successful and we were excited,” he said. “The first thing that went through my head was; okay it’s over.”

Huang said the team contacted their predecessors immediately to begin their transitioning as soon as possible.

“We look forward to working with Residence Life; we want to continue our relationship with them,” he said, adding that the team is also looking into sponsoring a Queen’s invitational Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) event.

The event, which has a high first-year enrollment, is case-based and has students identify problems with company practices and look for solutions.

“Currently our front desk services have very low usage amongst students. We would really like this to be used as a case towards the participants, and get their feedback as to what they think we should do to increase use,” he said.

Although the team has a strong grasp on the ideas they would like to work towards immediately, they are aware of the difficulties they may face when pursuing their long-term goals.

“We would like start an initiative as to how we can get flex dollars at Common Ground,” he said, adding that although it is a long-term goal and he foresees many difficulties, he hopes to set-up the ground-work for future executive teams to build on.

Vice-presidential-elect (Residence Affairs) Pooja Kumar said that she is very thankful for the support that the team had received during their campaign period.

“It’s a huge accomplishment. Especially this time around, the election at the very least was a complicated process. So we were very happy with the outcome,” she said.

Although team MFC was not elected, Kumar said she would like to collaborate with them in future as they had some great ideas, like the creation of a more user-friendly website. Despite the incident of miscommunication between the two teams, Kumar said that she hopes team MFC remains involved in MCRC and she wishes them the best of luck.

“We are all very worthy opponents, we all have great ideas. As you can see, the elections results were very close. The closest they have been in a long time,” she said. “We are all very competent and I’m glad to see our team persevere.”

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