Cal-SERVE Sweeps

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After seven years of Student Action domination, Cal-SERVE took control of four ASUC executive offices yesterday in one of the most shocking elections in recent history.

Cal-SERVE's President-elect Kris Cuaresma-Primm crushed Student Action opponent Daniel Frankenstein by nearly 2,000 votes, the largest victory in at least five years. Student Action has held the presidency for the last four years.

Cal-SERVE's three other elected executives defeated Student Action's candidates by more than 100 votes in each race. Taina Gomez won her bid for executive vice president, Gustavo Mata for academic affairs vice president and Anu Joshi for external affairs vice president.

Student Action has held at least three executive offices since 1996. None of the party's executive candidates were present to hear the election results.

The night was not all losses for Student Action. The party captured seven senate seats-one more than Cal-SERVE.

APPLE won two spots for incumbents Paul LaFata and Misha Leybovich. GOATMILK's Adnan Iqbal will be the third returning senator. Four minor party candidates will serve in the senate.

Cal-SERVE senate candidate and Boalt Hall School of Law student Mo Kashmiri received an astonishing number of votes, giving him the first senate seat by more than 100 votes.

The votes were tabulated on a computer and projected electronically onto a wall in the Millennium Room on the seventh floor of Eshleman Hall, which was packed full of students.

When the presidential results were first posted, the audience gasped momentarily and then broke out into exultant screams.

Photo/Heath Orchard

Tommaso Sciortino, ASUC Elections Council chair, immediately silenced the crowd and said he feared the results were incorrect because Cuaresma-Primm's tally was abnormally high.

Cuaresma-Primm, like many others, said he was also in disbelief when he saw the margin of votes between himself and Frankenstein.

"I was shocked, just like Tommaso who stood up and said this can't be right," Cuaresma-Primm said.

The audience seemed to be equally stunned when the Elections Council showed the huge lead for Gomez and Mata.

Student Action Senator Taz Patel held the lead by less than 20 votes in the first count for the external affairs vice president's race. When Defend Affirmative Action Party candidate Ronald Cruz dropped out, nearly all of his votes went to Joshi, giving her a 165- vote lead.

Joshi said her first priority in office will be to work with this year's senators to work out the budget for next year.

Senators, in their final meeting of the semester, will finalize next year's budget tonight.

Less than an hour before results were released, the ASUC Judicial Council denied an appeal from Student Advocate hopeful Bryant Yang, who was disqualified from the election Sunday.

His only opponent, graduating senior Richard Schulman, received a majority of the votes but cannot serve next year, according to ASUC rules.

ASUC President and Student Action member Jesse Gabriel said he was very surprised by the results of the executive race but was encouraged by Student Action's control of the senate.

"Obviously we are disappointed, but Student Action will definitely be around next year, and we'll be working hard to do good things for students on campus," Gabriel said.

The only ballot measure, which opposed the UC Board of Regents proposed student fee increase, passed by 90 percent of the vote.


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