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The indie kid: Matzen vows to run in 2002
■ Independent candidate John Matzen
promises more fun-and-games-UNL
hasn't seen the last of Bravehearl
The monkey was there.
The small, stuffed toy that was John
Matzen's tie-and trademark-during the
ASUN presidential campaign wore a kilt
at the candidate's Wednesday night ram.
Matzen himself was in less formal
attire as he waited for the night’s election
results, surrounded by friends and sup
porters as well as the more traditional
hungry families and coffee drinking mi
lage students at the Village Inn restaurant
on 291*1 and O streets.
After two false alarms and a cell
phone mix-up, Matzen finally received
the official call he was waiting for.
Independent Presidential candidate
Matzen, and his first vice-presidential
candidate, Holly Flanagan, received 440
votes, 15.61 percent of the total vote. He
came in third.
Though he will not be in the run-off
election, Matzen said he felt pleased to
receive so many votes.
'Four-hundred and forty ldds voted
for us,” Matzen said. “That's incredible.”
Matzen said ifa person placed a dollar
value on each vote, he or she would see
that the other candidate spent far more
on their campaigns than what he spent
on his grass roots effort
“We got more (votes) than we expect
ed," he said.
Matzen said he felt very happy to gar
ner more votes than two of the more
"We got a lot of people involved," said
Matzen’s friend Nick Neary.
Flanagan said she was very satisfied
with the results.
"We didn’t burst onto the scene until
late in the campaign," Flanagan said
"I think a lot of our success can be
attributed to word of mouth," Flanagan
said. “John is good at getting attention."
Matzen said while the campaign was
over, his involvement in ASUN was just
He said he plans to stay involved in
ASUN after the election.
"I (dan to attend nearly every senate
meeting," Matzen said.
Promising more costumes and cre
ativity, he said he planned to speak dur
ing ASUN senate open forum.
"This yearwas a great learning experi
ence. Now I am familiar with the rules
and regulations," he said.
Matzen said he reached out to stu
dents who were not normally involved in
ASUN elections. Overall, he said the elec
tion process had been “a lot of fim".
"This year I got my name out,"
Matzen said. "Next year I am going to run
Matzen said coming in third place
had it's advantages.
"Its all the fun and none of the
Im at 29th and 0 streets. He vowed to ran again not year. *
Despite loss, NUForce says it brought issues to table
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No one would have guessed Angela
Clements lost the ASUN presidential
election Wednesday judging by the reac
tion on her face.
Answering curious callers on her cel
lular phone over and over again,
Clements rarely let the smile leave her
face, even though she knew the outcome.
The NUForce presidential candidate
knew the results of the election, but
refused to divulge them until her first vice
presidential candidate, Erick Kinyungu,
arrived onihe scene.
The two wanted to announce the
Even though Clements and her run
ning mate came in fourth with 327 votes,
or about 11.5 percent of the vote, she said
she felt good about the issues NUForce
“We didn’t get last," Clements said. “I
feel good about what we did.”
Clements claimed 50 percent of the
people who voted for NUForce said they
had never voted in an ASUN election
before. She announced die results stand
ing in front of a mild bunch of 10 people.
All 10 hugged Clements upon hearing
“The two people who won had strong
greek support behind them," Clements
The SCORE! and No Bull presidential
candidates will be in the ASUN run-off
Clements said she wasn’t disappoint
ed that Score! candidate Nathan Fuerst
made it into die run-off.
“Nathan is a good guy. He’s a man of
integrity," Clements said.
Most ASUN candidates were at their
respective election parties when they
heard the election results.
But when Clements and Kinyungu got
the call, they were on their way to meet
ing supporters at Crane River, 200 N. 11™
As Clements and Kinyungu heard the
results at the side of the road near Kinkos,
they looked at each other and smiled.
"ft was just him and I when we started
the campaign and it was him and I
together who finished it,” Clements said.
Though Kinyungu was disappointed
that a majority of those who voted were
from the greek system, he said he was
proud of the votes NUFoice did get
“I’m glad for the experience and what
we were able to accomplish,” Kinyungu
Now, Clements said, she needs to
catch up on a month and a half of home
work and prepare for an interview in
Denver as a finalist for the Truman
Scholarship, a national scholarship for
Next time, Clements said, she would
much rather be a campaign manager
than a candidate.
“Then, I can just go home and their
name can be in the Daily Nebraskan,” she
Clements faced controversy during
the last couple of weeks of the campaign
when her second vice presidential candi
date, Rowena Y. Pacquette, was disquali
fied for turning in forged signatures.
NUForce party members did prove
they had the brains to win a trivia game by
more than 2000 points at Buffalo Wild
Wings. The party moved there horn Crane
River after it closed.
With the stress of the past month
behind her, Clements reflected on her
“All we can do is plant a seed,”
Clements said. “I could say screw the sys
tem or I could work within it I chose to
work within it” j
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