Historic. To you, the casual Lobby reader, elections may seem monotonous, trivial, or boring; but let me digress and explain the gravity of what occurred on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013.
Besides from historic, these elections were the most highly contested in recent memory. This is the first year since before the “Adriana Scheiner Era” that every position had a candidate running. All 19 open positions were contested for. That’s an impressive statistic and speaks to the quality of ASME-Madison as a student organization. Becoming an officer is an honor and should be reserved for those who are fully committed to the ensuing responsibility and that is precisely what these elections showcased.
Not only was it a great turnout, but every candidate that ran for a position made an election slide beforehand (somewhere Tom Pocrnich, alumni, is smiling). The most outrageous and memorable slide of the night was that of sophomore Jess Grev (Yes, she is Nate Grev’s sister). This slide conveyed important and relevant information about her personality, passions, and ability to use smartphone-based technology. Wielding this slide Jess won the election for the lucrative Membership Chair position. Jess was not the lone sophomore elected, she was joined by a notable six other sophomores looking to get more involved in ASME (see list below).
Membership: Jessica Grev, Sophomore
Banquet: Brian Barry, Sophomore
Polygon Rep: Jack Hinze, Sophomore
Academic: Aaron Schmitz, Sophomore
Programming: Eric Johnson, Sophomore
Publicity: Tyler Wied, Sophomore
Webmaster: Jack Trotman, Sophomore
Perhaps one of the most highly contested races of all time was the 4 person race for Industrial Relations Co-Chair. Experts on the subject have compared it to the famous 1912 Presidential Election. Regardless of what you label it as the 4 person race was one for the ages. The Industrial Relations Co-Chair is one of the most sought after officer positions (besides Historian Chair) and always pulls the top candidates. It has been postulated that this year was so highly contested because the elected candidate gets the honor of working alongside the subtly suave ‘Captain’ Jack Lund. After the votes were counted, and recounted, Mark Gavin (Senior) was victorious. Gavin will finish off his epic 3 year career as an ASME Officer in this two-semester position.
Other notable new comers are the two contest chairs: Eric Schmalzer (Junior) and Nik Flahavan (Junior).
This election is an excellent display of the strength of ASME-Madison. There is no question after these elections that ASME-Madison will continue to ‘set the standard’. I wish the best of luck to all the officers, new and old. For general members, please consider running in the fall. Becoming an officer was one of the best investments I made in college with social, academic, and career-based returns larger than I ever imagined.
“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”
-William Arthur Ward
– Nick Malahy, ASME Vice Chair, Fall 2012 – Spring 2013