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By Veronica Daehn
and Katie Mueting
, . „ . . .. JoshWolfe/DN
BRAD BANGS, Impact first vice presidential candidate, makes a call in a stairwell at P 0 Pears moments after it
was announced he and presidential candidate John Conley lost the election late Wednesday night.
“I thought about voting for John,”
Kidd said. “Impact has been nothing but
cool to us. They’ve gone out of their way
to help us out.”
Kidd said he knew there would be a
run-off, but he thought it would be
between Duff and Impact.
“The four best candidates are here
right now,” Kidd said.
Duff first vice presidential candi
date Kevin Sypal said his party’s focus
now shifts to supporting Ellis.
“She’s a very, very qualified candi
date, and she’ll do a good job,” Sypal
said. “She’s got a lot of emotion and
power behind her words and actions.”
Conley said he would not support
Empower or A-Team next week.
“I cannot openly support Heath
Mello,” Conley said. “But A-Team is
not good for the university either.
They’re good guys, but I worry about
them sitting across the table from a
regent and speaking on behalf of
Though disappointed that Impact
did not get elected, Kidd said Duff will
push for Empower.
“This is Heath’s life,” Kidd said.
“Heath cares about this school. A-Team
doesn’t stack up.”
Empower and Impact were too
much alike, Conley said, and A-Team
attracted voters who had never voted.
“Mr. Mello would have won out
right if I hadn’t run,” Conley said. “I
would have won outright if Mr. Mello
Kidd said his party probably affect
ed the votes Impact received.
“I think we did take away from
Impact’s votes,” Kidd said. “Think of all
the fraternity and sorority members and
the freshmen and sophomores who
voted for us that would have otherwise
voted for Impact.
“Impact had the best platform and
the best candidates.”
Ellis also said she was proud of the
way members of Impact ran their cam
paign. Ellis said Impact was a “clean,
At the beginning of the campaign,
Ellis said she told the other candidates
they would become best friends. She
was right, she said.
Sypal said Duff started organizing
three weeks ago. If the party had had
longer to plan and campaign like the
others did, the results could have been
different, he said.
“I seriously, honestly wanted to
make a difference. Do you aim high or
go for the status quo?” Sypal said.
Despite the loss, Impact’s campaign
manager, Jaron Luttich, said he was
happy with the integrity of the cam
“Our party held itself to the highest
of standards,” said Luttich, a founder of
Impact. “I know that they are the best
candidates. I just wish that 500 or so
more students could know that like I
Defeat showed two faces after
Wednesday’s ASUN elections.
Duff presidential candidate Jason
Kidd threw out words of anger and frus
Impact Presidential Candidate John
Conley sat quietly in the corner of a
Amy Ellis, Impact’s second vice
presidential candidate, sat next to
Conley’s running mate Brad Bangs,
who stared straight ahead.
Ellis covered her face to hide the
Impact and Duff gathered at PO
Pears, 322 S. Ninth St., to await election
results together, but neither party
expected what eventually came.
Ellis will face Empower’s second
vice presidential candidate, Mike
Butterfield, in a run-off election next
Wednesday, but her two running mates
Conley and Bangs missed next
week’s runolf by 52 votes.
Heath Mello and Cecily Rometo,
Empower’s executive candidates, will
face A-Team executive candidates Joel
Schafer and Riley Peterson next
Wednesday in a run-off for ASUN pres
ident and vice president.
Empower received 951 total votes,
while A-Team was second with 697.
Impact came in third with 645 votes,
and Duff had 475.
There will be a run-off because
Empower did qot earn 50 percent of the
total vote or beat A-Team by more than
10 percent of the votes.
Kidd said his party wasn’t upset
about its loss. Duff was upset about
All amendments fail
UNL students failed to pass any of
the three proposed amendments to the
ASUN constitution Wednesday.
Two-thirds of students who voted
in the election - 1,924 of 2,915 —
would have had to vote in favor of the
amendments in order for them to pass.
The first proposed amendment
would have eliminated the senate seat
for the Division of Continuing
The amendment would have
required that all senators be enrolled in
at least 12 credit hours. A Division of
Continuing Studies senator has to be
enrolled in only three credit hours.
The amendment received 58 per
cent of the total vote.
ASUN President Andy
Schuerman proposed the amendment.
Schuerman said fewer than 50 stu
dents are currently enrolled in classes
offered by the Division of Continuing
“I proposed this primarily to make
the requirements for it congruent with
the other senate seats,” Schuerman
In addition, Schuerman said, the
senate seat has been vacant for several
Schuerman also proposed the sec
ond amendment students voted down
This amendment, which was sup
ported by 61 percent of those who
voted, would have reduced the
chances of a run-off election by dis
counting votes cast for ineligible can
didates, such as Mickey Mouse.
In order for the president and vice
president to be elected, they must
receive 10 percent more votes than the
Schuerman said discounting votes
for ineligible candidates would make
the chances of an expensive run-off
The third amendment, proposed
by Arts and Sciences Sen. Natalie
Hoover, would have recast the ASUN
constitution’s language to be gender
More than two-thirds of the 2,673
students who voted on the amend
ments voted in favor of the gender
However, the amendment didn’t
receive approval of the required two
thirds of the total number of students
who vote, because some students
chose not to vote on the amendments
Schuerman said he was disap
pointed none of the proposed amend
Both Schuerman and Hoover said
a general lack of education among stu
dents led to the amendments’ failure.
“A lot of students just mark ‘no’
rather than go through the time to find
out about the amendments,”
“The ballot language can be a bit
confusing, and if people aren’t educat
ed, they won’t know which way to
vote,” she said.
Schuerman and Hoover also
agreed that although they could have
spent more time educating students
about the amendments addressed, get
ting students interested in the issues
was no easy task.
“Educating students about an
amendment is a thankless job,”
Voter turnout up 7.6percent
By Jill Zeman
Students who increased this year’s
voter turnout by more than 7'/2 percent
were unable to choose a definitive win
ner in Wednesday’s ASUN election.
This year, 2,915 students cast votes
in the Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska student govern
ment election, a total of 14.4 percent of
eligible student voters.
Last year 13.2 percent of eligible
students voted, a total of2,709.
A run-off will be held next
Wednesday because no candidate for
president, vice president or second vice
president was victorious in the election.
ASUN guidelines state if a party
does not receive more than 50 percent
of the votes or 10 percent more votes
than the party coming in second place,
a iun-off election must be held.
Todd Franzen, a senior agriculture
education and agriculture business
major and director of the Electoral
Commission, said he was pleased with
this year’s election because there was a
good turnout, and the commission had
no major problems.
Franzen said that having four par
ties running contributed to a higher
“The diversity of parties and candi
dates reached out to die students to get
interested in ASUN,” Franzen said.
In the presidential race, Heath
Mello and Cecily Rometo of Empower
came out ahead with 34.01 percent of
the vote, while A-Team candidates Joel
Schafer and Riley Peterson captured
second place with 24.92 percent.
Empower led A-Team by 9.09 per
cent of the votes. The two parties will
face each other again March 8.
John Conley and Brad Bangs of
Impact followed A-Team closely, com
_# T u r n o u t
- 1996 8.4%
-^ 1997 9.8%
- 1999 13.2%
All-time high in the 1990's 16.3%
ing in third with 23.06 percent of the
vote. Nearly 17 percent of the voters
cast their ballots for Jason Kidd and
Kevin Sypal of Duff.
Students voting in the run-off elec
tion for the executive candidates also
will have the opportunity to vote for
second vice presidential candidates
because that race also ended in a run
Empower candidate Mike
Butterfield came in first with 34.26
percent of the vote, and Amy Ellis of
Impact followed with 24.7 percent.
Joel Webber of A-Team captured
22.31 percent of the vote, and Duff can
didate Betsey Saunders received 18.03
Many voters said they felt the need
to get involved in student government.
“I think you need to vote because
these issues affect you,” said Justin
Vondrak, a sophomore finance major.
Vondrak said ASUN possibly could
increase voter turnout by informing
students about what student govern
“I think some people don’t vote
because they don’t understand what it
entails,” he said.
Unofficial votes for candidates,
only winners listed.
Seats by party
Agriculture and Natural
Resources (2 seats)
Brady Fritz (140), Empower;
Graham Rupe(163), Impact
Architecture (1 seat)
Lindsay Day (20) Empower
Arts and Sciences (6 seats)
Jason Mashek (275), Empower;
Angela Clements (292), Impact;
Sarah Kippenbrock (267),
Empower; Nathan Fuerst (248),
Impact; Urrvano Gamez (277),
Independent; Aja Bowling (243),
Business Administration (4 seats)
Jamie Howell (196), Empower;
David Kavanaugh (199),
Empower; Jon Kirscher (182),
Empower; Jessica Lopez (227),
Continuing Studies (1 seat)
TO BE DETERMINED BY
Dentistry (1 seat)
TO BE DETERMINED BY
Engineering (2 seats)
Emily Bannick (97), Empower;
Kourtney Mueller (150),
Fine and Performing Arts (1 seat)
Abby Miller (38), Empower
General Studies (4 seats)
Michelle Schrage (162), Empower
THREE SEATS TO BE
DETERMINED BY WRITE-IN
Graduate (6 seats)
SIX SEATS TO BE
DETERMINED BY WRITE-IN
Human Resources and Family
Sciences (1 seat)
Megan Bredenkamp (70), Empower
Journalism and Mass
Communications (1 seat)
Amy Nguyen (87), Empower
Law (1 seat)
Jeremy Patrick (3), Impact
Nursing (1 seat)
TO BE DETERMINED BY
Public Affairs and Community
Service (1 seat)
Elizabeth Elliott (24), Impact
Teachers College (2 seats)
Sarah Schoenrock (114),
Empower; Megan Adkins (92),
like to congratulate
all the winners in
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