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Imprint, Friday, February 27, 2009

RESULTS: The winners at last Feds executive winners President

Allan Babor VP Internal

Sarah Cook VP Education

Justin Williams

Senate winners Senator At-Large

Muhammad Ali Akbar Engineering Senate

Jay Shah Math Senate

Ajnu Jacob

Mark Zammit

John Andersen, chief electoral officer, and Andrew Falcao, VP Internal, announce the results of the Feds elections Monday, February 23 in the SLC’s Multipurpose Room.

AHS Senate

Dave Smith

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Student council winners Arts Council Monica Chamberland Amanda Tkaczyk Matthew Waller Brittany Boilard Diana Hanna Science Council Matt Colphon Muhammad Ali Akbar Humberto Vigil Alice Qi Math Council Christine Thayer Tareq Ismail Ian Kasper St. Jerome’s Council Scott McKee

Winners of the student council elections were also announced. All five members of the arts council were elected; they will be: Monica Chamberland, Amanda Tkaczyk, Matthew Waller, Brittany Boilard and Diana Hanna. Three of five math council seats were filled; the winners were: Christine Thayer, Tareq Ismail and Ian Kasper. Science council filled all four of its seats, and the winners were: Matt Colphon, Muhammad Ali Akbar, Humberto Vigil, and Alice Qi. SJU’s one council seat went to Scott McKee. To accommodate co-op students, the remaining council positions will be filled in spring semester by-elections. As Imprint reported last week, the elections committee had disqualified 18 candidates for failing to submit a mandatory “Zero Campaign Expenses” form. The form is to inform Feds of campaign expenditures and is a crucial element of Feds elections policies. However on February 19, the Feds Board of Directors moved to overturn the decision of its elections committee and to retroactively extend the deadline for submitting the form. As a result, many of the candidates that had been disqualified had their disqualifications reversed. Jeff Henry, the chief returning officer, was part of the committee that made the original decision and said that the original decision was an element of “fair elections.” Notice of the budget requirements was given in candidate packages and debriefing at the beginning of the election season, and followed up with reminders on the elections mailing list throughout the process. Feds president-elect Babor said the reversal was a “wise decision” to uphold the will of the electorate, given the sheer number of candidates who had been removed. At the

same time, Babor indicated that it remains “the candidates’ responsibility to follow the rules.” Cook told Imprint that the rule “clearly wasn’t communicated well enough” to the candidates. She also took issue with the procedure that was followed: normal protocol would have the candidates appeal to the election committee directly. In follow-up, Babor agreed with Cook’s assessment that poor communication by the elections committee attributed to the situation. The elections committee stated last week that the results of the election were delayed following several problems where groups of voters were unable to cast a vote in races that they should have had been able to vote in. Jacob claimed that “apart from the software engineers and CFM students” Imprint reported on last week, “teaching option students who are currently completing their B.Ed. at Queen’s” were not entered into the voting lists correctly. The math senate-elect said he “strongly” feels that the close margin in his race was attributable to “technical flaws involved in composing the voter’s list.” Both Babor and Cook indicated they felt “glitches” in the voting process had made the process too painful for voters, and that this affected turnout. Another issue that came up involved a supporter of Babor leaving a comment on his Facebook group after the campaining period had officially ended. The elections committee levied a 15 per cent fine against him for the infraction. Though the policies were updated last year, both Cook and Babor indicated they felt the policy regarding campaign tools should be less ambiguous and could use reconsideration for Web 2.0 technologies. Feds’ campaign policies must “keep up with the social tools being used” by the student body, Babor told Imprint. Complete election results are located at

Black History Month comes to term in its last week E. Aboyeji staff reporter


ctivities marking this year’s Black History Month Celebrations seem to have converged this week at UW. On Tuesday, Imprint attended the WPIRG sponsored Annual Black History Month Lecture by Laurier History Professor, Dr. Dana E. Weiner. The lecture, “Conflicting Visions of Equality,” centered on the United States slavery movement, grass root’s activism and race. In her lecture, she explored the history of the anti-slavery movement and the competing views within it as it concerned the meaning of equality. She spoke about the old northwest,

now the mid-west, and how it had been the battle ground of many a debate pertaining to the morality of slavery. Tracing the origin of the anti slavery movement from the Quakers’ convictions to the American civil war, she explained that free slaves and abolitionist whites formed the foundations of the anti-slavery movement. Her lecture highlighted some rather surprising historical facts. One of these was that that many white northerners had actually supported the antislavery movement, not just because of moral convictions, but because they saw the southern imposed gag on debating the morality of slavery as a threat to freedom of speech. Another was that at certain points in the

anti-slavery movements, there were rifts even among freed blacks. For example, they debated the merit of non-violence in advancing abolition, especially since some slaves who had escaped were being recaptured from the north by southern slave masters. They also very strongly debated the need for the immediate abolition of slave trade versus a long term view to promoting racial justice. The audience was even able to discover that the racially derogatory phrase “Uncle Tom,” which came from an abolitionist novel called Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, which sold over a hundred thousand copies only a short time after it was released, had made a significant impact on the anti-slavery debate.

At the end of the two-hour lecture, one came away with an appreciable understanding of the circumstances that had birthed freedom for slaves in 19th century America. Another, less academic event, is planned for Thursday at the Bomber. The Black History Month Gala, organized by One Waterloo and UW Base will begin by 7p.m. Organizers hope to commemorate black history month in music, art, spoken word performances, and other interesting theatrical acts through the night. Imprint’s press deadline makes Thursday events impossible to report on prior to Friday publication.