It was probably the least-climactic announcement ever, thanks to an early slide projection announcing Adam Fearnall as the USC president-elect before the actual announcement was made, leading to confused glances and delayed, awkward cheering from Fearnall’s entire team.
He’s in there…somewhere
But, to be fair, this entire elections race was one of the more dramatic in recent years, filled with demerits, a hacker, an invalidation, a blackout and a re-vote. What better way to end it all than with a mistake leading to an awkward, slow realization about what exactly just happened?
Congratulations to Adam—he kept a positive attitude amid all the drama of the past few weeks and pledged to continue to work hard to win votes no matter how many times he had to campaign and clearly it paid off—he came out on top, beating second-place Jon Silver by about 1,000 votes. Next followed Logan, with Claire trailing behind. Surrounded by friends, family—even his grandparents—Fearnall was clearly elated by his new job position.
Unfortunately, because of the circumstances of the election, there may always be an asterisk beside Adam’s win in the eyes of some students. It’s a shame and one that was all but unavoidable the second our most famous former Western student, Keith Horwood, decided to type “Bieber” on the elections site.
Along with the presidential win, of note are the two referendums that were readily passed, granted more medical coverage and a long-awaited undergraduate dental plan. Though overlooked under the shadow of the nail-biting presidential race, these wins signify an important move forward for student coverage that shouldn’t be swept aside.
After a long—and I mean long—campaign race, it’s nice to finally have a president-elect. Whether you’re happy, frustrated, or indifferent about the results, you have to admit it’s nice that it’s finally over.